The Casino of the Spirits in VeniceMysteries & Legends
The Casino of the Spirits in Venice
If you are in Venice on Halloween night and want to go chasing ghosts, we suggest you go on a tour around the Casino of the Spirits, located along Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini in Cannaregio. In fact, it is the annex of the Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, which belonged to Joseph Contarini in the 16th century, a famous cardinal and patron.
The Casino of the Spirits, so named because it was considered a meeting place for restless spirits, has always been considered a cursed place. The most famous ghost known to appear often in these rooms was that of Luzzo, painter of the 16th century, who used to meet in one of the rooms with Giorgione, Titian and Sansovino. Luzzo committed suicide because of unrequited love: he was madly in love with one of the lovers of Giorgione, Cecilia.
Most of the rumors about the building are probably due to its isolated location and the sound of the backwash that, combined with the winter wind, whistling that sounds like a mournful howl. Today, the property is divided between two religious institutions but, asking to the concierge, it's possible visit the beautiful garden.
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