Hidden treasures

The Mario Baratto Magna Hall in the Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Unknown places & works
aula_baratto

The Mario Baratto Magna Hall in the Ca' Foscari University of Venice

The headquarters of the University Ca' Foscari of Venice is the 15th-century palace on the Grand Canal, built by the great Doge Francesco Foscari in 1452.

Inside you can admire a splendid jewel of modern architecture: the Mario Baratto Hall, one of the most beautiful halls of Ca' Foscari.

It was built by the famous architect Carlo Scarpa in 1930s, who also designed the furniture (made after his death, by faithfully following the drawings). Before the intervention of Scarpa, this room was occupied by a museum of merchandise. The splendid view of the Grand Canal, where the largest panoramic view can be enjoyed, is made even more remarkable by the superb re-interpretation of the Gothic window carried out by Carlo Scarpa during the restoration of the hall.

On the walls there are two paintings of the years 1932-33: The School, by Mario de Luigi (cubist artwork) and Venice, Italy, and studies by Mario Sironi (of fascist style). The two stone columns at the sides of the chair were created to support two busts of Mussolini.

Currently the room is used to host conferences, press conferences, ceremonies, important training courses, and major University events.

Francesca, who writes the articles for the 'Hidden Treasures' section, also collaborates with venetoinside.com as a tour guide and organizes several private tours in Venice . Anecdotes, lesser known places, great classics and ancient traditions to be discovered with an itinerary tailored just for you!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: What’s the traditional Redentore food?

sarde-saor
Local Traditions

The number one traditional celebration, celebrated every year the third weekend of July, Redentore gives thanks for the end of the terr...

View

Venice: The village of Dolo and its inhabitants

Dolo
Figures of speech

In the province of Venice there is a small village, Dolo, which doesn’t have a great reputation... The dialect expression ‘Ma te vi...

View

Venice: The crypt of the church of San Simeone Piccolo

san-simeone-piccolo-venezia
Unknown places & works

As soon as you leave the train station in Venice, you will see the imposing dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo, renovated in the...

View

Vicenza: The legend of the Dwarves of Villa Valmarana ai Nani

Villa_Valmarana_ai_Nani
Mysteries & Legends

Villa Valmarana ai Nani in Vicenza, Italy, is one of the best known and most visited villas in the Veneto region thanks to the frescoes...

View

Top posts

Treviso: The Jewish cemetery in Conegliano

cimitero-conegliano
Unknown places & works

Not everyone knows that the city of Conegliano was once home to one of the most important Jewish communities in the Veneto region, both...

View

Belluno: Tiziano Vecellio’s birthplace in Pieve di Cadore

casa-tiziano-pieve
Big Names

In the heart of the UNESCO-enlisted Dolomites, there is a small, picturesque village: Pieve di Cadore. It is a special place for the hi...

View

Vicenza: The Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa

Ponte-degli-Alpini-Bassano
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about bridges, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa, in the Province ...

View

Venice: A high relief of Hercules on the façade of Tintoretto’s house

casa-tintoretto-venezia
Mysteries & Legends

In the Cannaregio district in Venice stands the house of the famous painter Jacopo Robusti, known as 'Tintoretto' (1519-1594). On the f...

View