The Palazzo Cini is one of the greatest Venice house museums. The 16th-century Gothic palace attracts visitors with its looks and remarkable art collection. At Palazzo Cini, you'll find the collection of a famous philanthropist, Vittorio Cini.
Getting to the museum
Palazzo Cini stands in Dorsoduro. It is halfway between the Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Two of the building's facades overlook the Grand Canal and Rio San Vio. The closest vaporetto stop is Accademia, easily found on the Venice map.
History & architecture
The building of Palazzo Cini emerged in 1565. It was a grand Gothic-style palace decorated with frescoes of works by Giuseppe Porta. Its location was lucrative, and many notable Venetians have lived here over the centuries. Count Vittorio Cini, an Italian politician and entrepreneur, was the last one to purchase the palace. He was a well-known Italian collector who restored San Giorgio Maggiore from 1951-1956. Vittorio Cini, the founder of the Cini Foundation, was also a member of the Italian Fascist Party.
Why you should visit
The museum of Palazzo Cini takes up two floors of the building. The first floor honors Vittorio Cini and gives you a glimpse of his residence at the time. The second floor features the main collection, which started in 1984. Here you will find incredible works of art, books, manuscripts, porcelain, and furniture. Inside Palazzo Cini, you'll see Tuscan paintings and objects from the 13th to 16th centuries. There are works by Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, and Beato Angelico. Don't miss the fascinating canvases by Lorenzo Tiepolo. An extraordinary part of the collection is the Ferrarese Renaissance paintings, added to Palazzo Cini in 1989.
Things to do in the area
Dorsoduro is the most artistic among Venice neighborhoods. Many young people and art students gather in the area. Many essential Venice art museums here include Accademia Gallery, Peggy Guggenheim, and Punta della Dogana. It's a perfect itinerary for fans of modern art. Two incredible Venice churches are nearby - Santa Maria della Salute and Santa Maria del Rosario. All these Venice attractions are must-see locations during your stay in Venice. Don't hesitate to use our interactive Venice map to navigate the gorgeous Venice streets.
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