5 buildings to visit (only) during the Biennale in Venice

1) Palazzo Barbaro

Two palaces actually make up this complex: Palazzo Barbaro Curtis, which dates back to the 1400s, and its extension, Palazzo Barbaro. The Biennale has been using the ground floor in Palazzo Barbaro since 2015 for side exhibitions. It’s worth visiting just for the breathtaking view of the Canal Grande.

exterior of Palazzo Barbaro

Campiello Pisani 2840

+39 349 650 3892


2) Palazzo Bembo

Although the interior has been heavily remodelled, the façade of this beautiful palace, which overlooks the Canal Grande, remains quite faithful to the original Venetian Gothic style. Today the building is home to a hotel, but during the Biennale it also hosts side events.

exterior of Palazzo Bembo

Riva del Carbon 4793-4785

+39 346 760 3386


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3) Catalonia in Venice

Walking to this place is already an experience in itself but it gives you an opportunity to visit one of the most authentic places in Venice. For many years, the Ramon Llull Institute has been hosting events with a link to Catalonia in this evocative setting, where boats are moored in winter. During the Biennale, this place is awash with light, poetry and art.

Man walking through a lighted art installation at Catalonia in Venice

Calle de Quintavale 40/A


4) Palazzo Donà dalle Rose

The historic home of the Donà dalle Rose family was erected in the 17th centuryat the behest of Doge Leonardo Donàdalle Rose. It has two façades, both inthe late renaissance style, one facing the Rio dei Gesuiti, and the main one facing the island of Murano and the northern lagoon.

front side of Palazzo Donà dalle Rose

Fondamente Nove 5038

+39 380 154 1468

5) Church of Santa Croce degli Armeni

Finding this small church is not an easy undertaking. Its modest entrance is hidden in a sotoportego. Visiting it may be prove even more difficult however. Nonetheless, this small 12th-century building is an important testimony to the history of the Armenian community and the cosmopolitan and welcoming tradition of Venice.

 Santa Croce degli Armeni

Rio Terrà de le Colonne 1059

+39 041 526 0104

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