Ca' Foscari Palace

Venice, Italy

Ca' Foscari, the palace of the Foscari family, is a Gothic building on the waterfront of the Grand Canal in Venice. In 1453 the Republic of Venice regained possession of the older palace and sold it to the Doge of the time, Francesco Foscari; he had the palace demolished and rebuilt in late Venetian gothic style. The building was chosen by the doge for its position on the Grand Canal.

Foscari immediately set about rebuilding the palace in a manner befitting his status: he moved the site of the new palace forward on to the bank of the Grand Canal. Buying and rebuilding the palace for himself meant for the doge affirming his political and military role: he actually represented the continuity of the military successes of that period, lasted 30 years, and was the promoter of the Venetian expansion in the mainland (terraferma). The huge new palace could hardly have been finished when Foscari was disgraced in 1457 and retired to his new home until his death.

Presently the palace is the headquarters of the Ca' Foscari University, which has made accessible to the public some of the most beautiful halls, such as the 'Aula Baratto' and the 'Aula Berengo'.

Ca' Foscari is a typical example of the residence of the Venetian nobles and merchants. The structure is one of the most imposing buildings of the city and its external courtyard is the biggest courtyard of a private house after that of the Doge's Palace. In common with other palaces, Ca' Foscari's principal and most decorated facade and entrance faced the Grand Canal - the city's main thoroughfare. This façade is characterized by a rhythmic sequence of arches and windows; this style, known as Floral Gothic, is emulated throughout the city and can be identified through the use of pointed arches and carved window heads. At Ca' Foscari, the tops of each column are decorated with carved quatrefoil patterns; the Gothic capitals are adorned with foliage, animals and masks. Above the Gothic window is a marble frieze with a helmet surmounted with a lion couchant representing the role of the doge as the captain of the republic; at each side of the central helmet we can find two putti holding a shield symbolising the Foscari's coat of arms with the winged lion of Saint Mark, symbol of Venice.



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Dorsoduro 3246, Venice, Italy
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Founded: 1453
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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K. K. (8 months ago)
Room was spacious, luminous and clean as well as shared bathroom. There were extra blankets, towels and sink in the room. Location was great since there are restaurants, cafes, bars and grocery store near by as well as water bus stop. It's 10-15 minutes walk from Rialto and 25-30 minutes walk from San Marco and on the way you will find many more restaurants, bars, pastry, pizza, clothes shops. So for the price it's excellent.
Emiliya Kandeva (8 months ago)
So this is going to be a long review, but i want to clarify some things. Before booking here i was kinda conserned because of some of the reviews. But yet, this hotel is just a gem in terms of price/service comparison. It is just in 15mins walk from the Train Station. And it is on 5 min walk from S. Toma stop. (they even have a simplfied map on their bussiness cards on the reception.) We found it easy with Google maps navigation. There were some reviews that it was hard to find...but i think everyone with Basic skills of orientation on Google Maps can find it. Stairs are narrow, but all old and vintage hotels in Venice have the same narrow staircases so i dont think that this is a specific disadvantage for this hotel. (ive been in more than 6 different hotels here) So if you have a big luggage you will struggle 6 minutes more the last floor and thats it...its not a big deal. I can admit, electric outlets are far away from the bed (like 1 meter far) but thats also fine :) The Rooms are tidy, vintage. The bathroom is clean as well. We were on the second floor and the wifi was more than good. They also give us keys for the outside door so we can someback wherever we want :) So here is my 5 star review because for the price we paid this hotel is exelent. (We paid around 150€ for 2 nights in double room with personal toilet)
Luke Patey (8 months ago)
The rooms are basic but clean, And the beds were firm and linen changed daily. However, I've come home with 20 bites all over my body from must be bedbugs or mosquitoes which is worrying. Have seen something mentioned in reviews 3 years ago and assumed it would've been changed by now... WiFi didn't work on any upper floors.
Giorgio mortari vv (2 years ago)
The staff was very kind.The rooms were clean.I recommend it.
Livia Cafini (2 years ago)
We stayed a weekend in Hotel Locanda Ca'Foscari and it was really nice. The room was clean and the staff corteous. It is also in a good location, so that we could walk to all the places we wanted to visit. Recommendable for everybody who wants to have a few nice days in venice without spending to much money :)
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