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Carlo Goldoni's House and Library for Theatrical Studies

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Address: San Polo 2794, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 275 9325
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Birthplace of the famous playwright Carlo Goldoni, Palazzo Centani in San...

Birthplace of the famous playwright Carlo Goldoni, Palazzo Centani in San Polo houses a small museum of Venetian theatrical memorabilia. It hosts various teaching activities and also a puppet-theatre from Ca’ Grimani ai Servi, formerly part of the Ca’ Rezzonico collection. The archive and library (over 30,000 works) are of significant importance, including theatrical texts, studies and original manuscripts.

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Pop in, pop out with the Museum Pass

We popped in after Ca'Rezzonico and before going to the Frari Church. It was on our way and it was included with our Museum Pass...so why not. It was empty and it's very small... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
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Charlotte
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We popped in after Ca'Rezzonico and before going to the Frari Church. It was on our way and it was included with our Museum Pass...so why not. It was empty and it's very small. The staircase and puppets were neat.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I know that houses of famous people are often small and that there is not too much to see. Such was the case with Freud's, Spinoza's, and Grétry's houses, and also at Goldoni's house. I didn't have any background information about Goldoni, and just went here because it was included in the museum card I obtained at my visit to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We have stayed in Venice for the past ten or more years but never before allowed time to visit this delightful museum. The "warnings" given by other reviewers give, I think, a misleading picture. The museum is small and it does not aim to be a picture of 18th Century life [Ca Rezzonico does that].It is however well worth making... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We liked the house itself very much: the stairs, the yard, the well. Not much to look at, but very important: you see the stairs in Venice are completely different than in other Italian cities etc. The theater museum upstairs was not very interesting.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I expected to see the home of a wealthy Venetian, to get an understanding of styles, decor and layout of what life back then was in those circles in Venice. For that reason I was extremely disappointed: there were only 3 rooms and the lower ground courtyard accessible. The rest of the building was not open for the visitor. A... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We like Goldoni's masterpieces, and would like to know more about his life. Museum would be much more attractive and whole-world-famous, if: (1) film about his life was in English, not just in Italian. (2) Walls would be places for historical documents, scripts of Goldoni's plays, photos from his plays in theatre, etc. (3) It would be interesting to see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is not worth paying for, but I happened to be wandering by the area and it was free with my museum pass. It is cute and not a bad way to spend twenty minutes if you are in the area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

This museum was included in our museum pass, and we were not planning to go, but happened past it on one of our wanderings through San Polo. We ducked in and spent a very quick few minutes looking at the puppet theatre set and various memorabilia of the playwright Carlo Goldoni. I think one would have to be a rabid... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I was not familiar with the Italian playwright, Carlo Goldoni. The only reason we visited his house was because it was included in our Venezia Unica card. It was not the highlight of our trip to Venice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is a small museum that charmed me. It's just a few rooms, but it has the authentic costumes, furniture and china of a real actor from the late 18th century (1780s or so), Carlo Goldoni. Some of the items are 18th cent and not his, but all authentic. Also puppets from the era, I think. I loved the movie... More 

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The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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