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Querini Stampalia

December 13th, 2019 by Prontopia

Palazzo Querini Stampalia was the residence of the Querini family and dates back to the 16th century. It is the result of subsequent interventions occurred in time and for different reasons. The last member of the family, Count Giovanni, bequeathed the palazzo with the furniture, paintings, and the rich library to the city. After his death in 1869, the palazzo became the headquarters of the foundation established by the Count himself.

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While the facade of the palazzo overlooks the campiello Querini, its main entrance today is from a bridge in Campo Santa Maria Formosa. If you want to get to Querini Stampalia easily, you can use Prontopia and get in-person help from a friendly local. The whole Palazzo is open to the public with different hours according to the section to visit.

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The library on the first floor keeps more than 350,000 volumes. Except for the most ancient and precious, it is enough to register to browse books and newspapers. The catalog can be scanned there or online. The opening hours are wide: from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-12am (yes, until midnight!) and on Sundays and holidays, 10am-7pm. Entrance is free.

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The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-6 pm (last admission 5.30pm) and is closed on Mondays. The entrance ticket is €14 but students and over-70s pay €10 while under-18s and holders of Venezia Unica City Pass access for free. The museum consists of three different parts.

On the second floor, the painting collection is arranged in the living quarters of the family with most of the furniture, carpets, and objects are on display as well. The painting collection includes important works by Guarana, Ricci, Giordano, Palma il Vecchio, Palma il Giovane, and especially Pietro Longhi. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple by Giovanni Bellini stands out, though.

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On the third floor, more rooms have been recently renovated and open to host the art collection of the main Venetian bank, the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia. Designed by the architect Michele De Lucchi, the rooms opened in November 2018, in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation.

Finally, on the ground floor, is a major work of one of the most important, even though little known, Italian architects of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa. In the late 1950s, he was commissioned to reshape the ground floor and the yard which were in a state of abandonment due to the floodings. Scarpa raised the floor making it usable even during acqua alta but allowed the water to flow easily in and out. He also designed a new bridge to access the palazzo, and a hall for conferences and exhibitions. Finally, the unfortunate yard was transformed into an enchanting garden full of enigmatic references to Venice and the books.

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