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Ca' Rezzonico to San Marco-End of Canal palaces

The Rialto area will be the subject of a special article so we continue to advance along the Canal Grande, discovering the Palazzo as they appear.

Fondaco Tedeschi

The FONDACO DEL TEDESCHI used to be occupied by a certain German military community, very active in Venice 60 years ago. It is a square building with an interior courtyard bordered with loggias. After a fire it was rebuilt in 1508, with fašade frescos by Giorgione and Tiziano. Unfortunately, a refurbishing in the 19th century destroyed them.
LA CA'BAGLIONI DA MOSTO is a construction dating from the 12-13th century, transformed and surelevated (and not for the better), in the 17th century. A clear example of the first constructions in Venice of aByzantine "casa-fondaco" (open portico at the ground floor, followed by a series of storage rooms, a vast central window and simple lateral windows on the first floor, which was used as the habitation with a central living room. From the 17th century on, this house became on of the most famous and distinguished inns of the city, called "Albergo del Leon Bianco". End 18th it was the residence of emperor Joseph II of Austria. 

Palazzo Ca' d'Oro

Up to the CA' D'ORO (House of Gold). Called like that because of the brilliant gildings and polychrome of its fašade, built by Marino Contarini, and decorated by Matteo Raverti and the brothers Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon in the 15th century. What is extraordinary in this building is the architecture of its portico, evoking the Byzantine palaces and the contrast with its two floors of loggias, the most audacious flamboyant gothic in Venice. The palazzo is a museum today, housing the Giorgio Franchetti collection bequeathed to the State. 
Let's pass quickly along the PALAZZO GUSSONI-GRIMANI DELLA VIDA, 15th century, which fašade used to be decorated by Tintoretto frescoes.
PALAZZO VENDRAMIN CALERGI, is after the rio di San Marcuola. A superb palazzo! One of the finest examples of the top talent of Venice architects in a Renaissance style. Ordered by the powerful Loredan family, built by the architect Mauro Coducci notice the use of twin windows and reunited under one arch, a feature you will find in other buildings of Coducci. For the music lovers it may be interesting to know that Richard Wagner died in this Palazzo in 1883. It is now the location of the "Winter Casino". 
The last palazzo I invite you to consider on the right bank of the Canal Grande is the PALAZZO LABIA. Built in the middle of the 18th century by Allessandro Tremignon, it has superb interior frescos by Tiepolo. The palazzo, housing the Italian RAI (radio and television) head offices, is flanked by the CHURCH OF SAN GEREMIA, of which you can see the apsidal part and the lateral fašade. It has its origin in the 11th century.
This ends the visit of the right bank of the Canal Grande and its Palazzos except the Accademia, which was on the left bank. 
Next articles will explore the left bank starting at the Fondaco dei Turchi. It's your problem to cross the water first :-)


The Companion guide to Venice, by Hugh Honour-Venice and its lagoon, by Giulio Lorenzetti, Venice-A thousand Years of Culture and Civilisation, by Peter Lauritzen-Heures Italiennes, by Henry James (La difference 1985)- Venice, a Literary Companion, by Ian Littlewood's 
The World of Venice, by Jan Morris.