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Ca' Foscari internal courtyards

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The two internal courtyards in the Foscari-Giustinian complex are interconnected by a ‘sotoportego’ (portico). The surface area of the Cortile Grande is 900 m² and it is the largest private courtyard in Venice, after that of the Palazzo Ducale. The recently restored, magnificent portal, bearing the Foscari family coat-of-arms, unfolds to reveal the grand court. The charming Cortile Piccolo, brick-paved in fish bone style, contains one of the best-preserved well curbs in Venice. It is embellished with sculpture elements such as acanthus and flowers. The chromatic contrast between brickwork and stone is repeated in the elegant stairway with steps in stone that lead up to the “piano nobile” second floor of Ca’ Giustinian, now the President’s offices. In the summer season, Ca’ Foscari courtyards are used for a variety of cultural and musical events, initiatives related to research and innovation, social events, exhibitions and meetings of an international level. Given the context of the two buildings, it is a natural place to hold receptions, cultural events, shows and other kinds of initiatives.

Location: Ca' Foscari, Main Building
Type: Conjoined internal courtyards, suitable for cultural events, celebrations, outdoor activities
Address: Dorsoduro 3246 - 30123 (Venice)
Closest water bus stop: San Tomà - Ca' Rezzonico
Accessibility: Fully accessible after passing small step at the entrance;
link to route description, map and indications

Total surface: Ca' Foscari courtyard: approx. 900 square metres; Squellini courtyard: approx. 240 square metres

Cortile Ca' Foscari 1

Cortile Ca' Foscari 2

Cortile Ca' Foscari 3

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Last update: 02/10/2015 da System Administrators