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Palazzo Grassi

Palazzo Grassi is another building which rises from the Grand Canal and its classical, sober style puts it into contrast with the other baroque palaces located nearby. Palazzo Grassi was built in the second half of the XVIII century by Giorgio Massari, the most important architect of this period, for the Grassi family, rich Venetian merchants. 

Inside the palace you can find a beautiful, big staircase that was frescoed by Michelangelo Morlaiter (1729–1808). The frescos mainly represent the life of Venetians in the XVIII century.

The palace was sold in 1840, and passed through the hands of several owners until it was bought by the FIAT group in 1983. François Pinault is the current owner. Between 2005 and 2006 the palace was restructured by Tadao Ando according to the directions of Pinault. Here you can visit the Exposition of the Pinault Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, with many works from international artists.

The palace is open to the public.

Address: Campo San Samuele, 3231
Phone: 0039 041 5231680; fax: 0039 041 5286218
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 7pm
(the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing of the museum)
How to get there: line 82 (San Samuele) / (drop off: Ferrovia Santa Lucia sx) lines 1, 52, DM; (pick up: Ferrovia Scalzi sx) line 82 / (drop off: Zattere sx) lines 51, 61; (pick up: Zattere dx) line 82 / (drop off Ferrovia Bar Roma) lines 42, DM; (pick up: Ferrovia Scalzi sx) line 82 / (drop off: Sacca Fisola dx) line 41; (pick up: Sacca Fisola dx) line 82.
times of water buses refers to the 8.00am – 9.00am time band, leaving from Piazzale Roma, but they are the main routes that you’ll also find at the others hours of the day.


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