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Carlo Goldoni’s House

Carlo Goldoni’s House

San Polo 2794, Venice

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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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.

Room 3

  • 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.

Casa di Carlo Goldoni in Venice visiting hours

  • From 1.04 to 31.10
    10am – 5pm (last entrance at 4.30pm)
  • From 1.11 to 31.03
    10am – 4pm (last entrance at 3.30pm)
  • Closed: Wednesdays, 25.12, 1.01, 1.05