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The Olivetti Showroom in St Mark's Square in Venice

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The Olivetti Showroom in St Mark's Square in Venice

St Mark's Square in Venice, overlooked by some of the best known old monuments of the city, hides a piece of history from the 20th century design: the Olivetti Showroom, built by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), who designed the showroom with an architectural style which is unpretentious and yet at the same time also sophisticated and eclectic.

On the ground floor is a spacious hall, decorated with a precious ornamental fountain, whose nozzle is built with copper on a white marble slab bearing the Olivetti logo. A staircase with offset sections to the sides leads to the first floor. Both rooms are paved with a mosaic made from marble and red, yellow and blue Murano glass square flakes whilst the outer window frames are built with teak and white marble.

In 2009, due to the precarious situation of the showroom, an interior restoration project was started, which lead to the rooms being reopened to the public on 20 April 2011 thanks to the support of the Fondo per l'Ambente Italiano.

During your visit to Saint Mark's area, do not miss the chance of enjoying the beautiful view of St. mark's Cathedral from above. You can easily book the tour online on venetoinside.com.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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