Carlo Goldoni’s House
Carlo Goldoni’s House in Venice – a Civic Museum - houses an original exhibition dedicated to the life and works of the famous Venetian playwright. A unique visit, to get in touch with the innovative theatre of Goldoni at the Goldoni Museum: a mix of suspense, fantasy and intelligence that made him famous throughout the world.
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Casa di Carlo Goldoni in Venice visiting hours
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 10.00am - 2.00 pm (last entrance 1.30pm)
Saturdays and Sundays: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entrance 4.30pm)
Closed: Wednesdays, 25 December, 1 January
Ca’ Centani, or Centanni is a valuable example of Venetian civil architecture of the 15th century, including a porch and an entrance hall with an outdoor staircase in the courtyard on the ground floor. The Gothic style of the building is evident especially in the exterior facade, where the visitor's attention is immediately drawn to the beautiful four-light window on the main floor.
Ca' Centani was owned by the Rizzi family and the only the sign of the family remaining is a hedgehog on the well in the courtyard. Ca' Centani was also rented to several families before the paternal grandfather of Carlo Goldoni, Venice at the end of the 17th century. Carlo Goldoni was born on 25 February 1707, and lived here with his family until 1719 when it was donated to the City of Venice in 1931. Today Carlo Goldoni's House in Venice, Italy houses the Centre for Theatre Studies and the Goldoni Museum in Venice.
The Carlo Goldoni Museum is spread between the ground floor and rooms on the first floor, whereas the third floor houses the Central Library of Theatre Studies which boasts 30,000 books and documents and is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world.
The visit to the Casa di Carlo Goldoni in Venice begins from the porch, where the visitor is magically transported into the enchanting atmosphere of the 17th century Venetian period. On the walls there are illustrative panels depicting the life of Carlo Goldoni, while near the canal side door an educational board game shows on a detailed topographic map of Venice during the 18th century, the various Carlo Goldoni’s houses in the city and the location of many theatres of the time.
On the main floor of the Carlo Goldoni Museum there are a number of scene representations dedicated to the most famous works of Carlo Goldoni’s vast production. Each scene is presented with a short part of the text that inspired it and contains some original period furniture. On the walls are some of the works by Alessandro Falca, known as Longhi, that offer a genuine insight into the everyday life of the 18th century. Visitors to the Casa of Carlo Goldoni in Venice have the impression of entering in the represented works that, as the whole theatre of Carlo Goldoni, provide a sensitive and precise reproduction of Venetian society in the 18th century with a sense of nostalgia for a glorious era that was soon destined to end.
A visit to the Carlo Goldoni’s house in Venice, Italy occupies three rooms where eight different theatrical scenes have been recreated:
Carlo Goldoni’s House, Venice - Room 1
- Act 1- Scene XIV of ‘The Conversation’. The scene shows Don Fabio, who arrives at the home of Madame Lindora. Lucrezia invites guests to enjoy a few games and starts a discussion on the main entertainments of the time.
- Act I - Scene I ‘The Venetian Advocate’. In the second scene the lawyer Alberto Casaboni is examining a lawsuit at his desk when his friend Lelio arrives who invites him to have a conversation at the home of Beatrice. Of this reconstruction it is worth mentioning the splendid antique period desk and a portrait of Carlo Goldoni on the walls.
- Act 3 - Scene VI of ‘The woman of grace’. The scene takes place in the Doctor's house, with Brighella and Harlequin. Here you can admire the original costume of one of the most famous Harlequins of the 19thcentury.
- Act II - Scene IV, V and VI of ‘The dutiful daughter’. The scene presents Rosaura who informs Florindo, her lover, that she is already promised to Count Ottavio. The two lovers are discovered by her father Pantalone.
- Act II - Scene V, VI of ‘La finta malata’. In the last scene of the 1st room of Carlo Goldoni’s house we can see the young Rosaura who eats in secret from her friends, who are concerned for her amorous suffering.
Carlo Goldoni’s House, Venice - Room 2
- Act II - Scene VII and VIII beginning of ‘Chi la fa l’aspetti’. In the scene, lunch is over and Lissandro calls the waiters to clear the table. The splendid paintings on the walls depict the life of the nobility of Venice at the time of Carlo Goldoni.
- Act I - Scene II and IV of ‘Il gioucatore’. Florindo falls asleep at the games table while counting the gold pieces he had won and, when he wakes up, he begins to fantasize about winning even more. This scene presents as a very salient issue in Europe in the 18th century – that of addiction to gambling. You can also admire a rare, original copy of the table for the game of 'biribisso'.
In the 3rd room space is given to a puppet theatre, a splendid example of mastery achieved by the Venetian artisans both in imitating real life and in the bold mechanisms that move the puppets. The small theatre also represents the last scene of Carlo Goldoni's House: Act III - Scene XIII and XIV of 'The Servant of Two Masters'. Here, one can see Clarice who, after discovering the many misunderstandings triggered by the love that Silvio has for her, plays hard to get as Brighella enters, announcing the arrival of Beatrice dressed as a man.
On the walls you can see some scenes from paintings by Pietro Longhi, for which Carlo Goldoni harboured a deep admiration.
The visit to the Carlo Goldoni’s House ends in the Video Archive, where visitors can attend the screening of a documentary film about Carlo Goldoni.
39 reviews for Carlo Goldoni’s House
Reviewed on 07 Apr `19 - Booking No. 191557
Reviewed on 09 May `18 - Booking No. 189127
I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad
great for the other museums
I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad - quite annoying.
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Dear Lab Rat,
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the misunderstanding but nowhere in our website we present the Museum Pass as a skip-the-line pass.
As we speciefied on the website, in the Important information section, the ticket must be collected at the ticket office of the first museum you visit (allowing time for a possible queue at the ticket counter).
“Once you have the ticket, you can have access to other museums by presenting the ticket at the entrance, without having to queue again at the ticket offices. If you wish to collect the ticket at the Doge's Palace, please remember to go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk: you must respect the possible waiting times, that are usually shorter compared to the waiting times at the other desks. Anyway, we suggest you to collect your ticket in one of the other museums included in the Museum Pass since they have less visitors than the Doge's Palace and therefore the waiting times are usually reduced.”
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Reviewed on 30 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17162961 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
It was easy and so efficient and time saving instead of standing in line.
Easy to book on line
Group of friends
Reviewed on 27 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17157039 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
Was useful to be pre-booked saved time at entry
Reviewed on 20 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17135100
all good apart from communications and signage.
easy movement once inside.
communications and signage
Reviewed on 19 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17161530
'Venice museum pass'
Very informative, easy to navigate website with easy to order process. Museum pass proved excellent value for money (saving on individual museum entry charges)and allowed easy entry into venues with no queueing for tickets. A range of museums/galleries included so plenty of choice to go at. Would recommend if you are planning a few days in Venice.
Excellent website. Museum pass good value. Secure payment.
None that come to mind.
Reviewed on 12 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17155449 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl
'easy to use'
Easy to use, clear offer, very fair prices - and immediate confirmation via Email; clearly recommend to use comapred to other offers...
easy, fair Prices, transparent
Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17115092
I went to nice places to go to museum. It's easy to buy museum pass by internet.
Family with children
Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072
'It was very nice experience ! thank you'
I suggest you guys not to go doge palace to issue your ticket rather go to correr museum because there is no queue to get your tickets , just show your booking and get ticket for all palaces n museums etc we only visited doge palace and correr palace because our daughter got sick and we could not roam freely but both places were so nice , Each place need at least 5 to 6 hours so better split your visits in two days , its good idea to skip the line !
Group of friends
Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666
Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.
Easy to exchange as above.
Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.
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