Hidden treasures

Casino Foscarini in Dorsoduro in Venice

Unknown places & works
palazzofoscarini

Casino Foscarini in Dorsoduro in Venice

Opposite the Carmini Church in Dorsoduro in Venice, there is a beautiful building built during the 1500s. Today part of it is the headquarters of the Belgian consulate, but it was once the home of the famous and powerful noble Foscarini Venetian family.

The interior of the building has two floors, the first floor retains valuable frescoed ceilings of the 17th century and traces of 18th-century stuccos.

In the second half of the 18th century Marco Foscarini lived here, a man of great culture and a brilliant orator who, in 1762, became doge. In the garden of his palace he built a 'casino of delights', a small neoclassical building rich in marble and wood of great value, decorated with the busts of the ancient philosophers and paintings of great historical figures. Here, Marco assembled a large collection of books and manuscripts and began to write a history of Venetian literature.

During his work, the doge encountered  many debts. The art collections of the family were thereby sold by his descendants and the palace began a long decline that culminated in its looting during the French conquest of 1797.

Now the building is in badly need of renovations and the garden, once famous throughout Venice for its extraordinary harmony and the statues that adorned it, is now reduced to a simple green area. If you go to the nearby Ragusei Street at number 3484 you will see the facade of the Casino in Istrian marble, adorned with statues and columns.

In addition to this historic building, the Dorsoduro district holds many more fascinating places. If you would like to visit Venice with a local guide, we recommend our Your Own Venice, a private tour of Venice fully customizable according to your needs and requirements. You can organize your dream itinerary with the guide and perhaps include a visit to Ca' Rezzonico and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, both located in this charming district.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

tablino-palladio
Big Names

More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...

View

Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace

Battaglia_Garda
Historical Curiosities

The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...

View

Venice: The origins of the Carnival in Venice

faliero-vitale
Local Traditions

When looking for information on the birth of the Venice Carnival, the first place to head for is St. Mark’s Basilica, the place where...

View

Verona: The Carnival in Verona

carnevale-verona
Local Traditions

When it comes to Carnival, everyone immediately thinks of Venice, but also the other cities of the Veneto region have ancient and charm...

View

Top posts

Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna

Andrea_Gritti-tomba
Big Names

For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...

View

Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon

poveglia-venezia
Historical Curiosities

The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...

View

Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua

altare-donatello
Historical Curiosities

When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...

View

Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio

ca-morosini-del-giardin
Unknown places & works

Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...

View