Ca' Foscari Tour

Discover the history of the University and its historical palace

Ca' Foscari Tour

How to participate?

Our tours take place on Saturday mornings starting at 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00 from the courtyard of Ca' Foscari.

The tours, lasting 40 minutes, are offered free of charge to citizens and all visitors who would like to take advantage of the service. The tours, in Italian and/or English, will allow visitors to explore the history of the University and its headquarters. Depending on the availability of university spaces, you will be able to admire Ca' Foscari and the Aula Baratto, renovated by Carlo Scarpa and which will captivate you with its magnificent view of the Grand Canal; or Ca' Dolfin and the Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, a richly frescoed 18th-century hall in which to breathe in the atmosphere of the Venice of the past. And then, what else? The Niobe Courtyard, the small 15th-century courtyard in the heart of the headquarters that houses the Shrine of the Cafoscarini who fell in the conflicts of the 20th century and other spaces usually unknown.

No reservation is necessary;Ca' Foscari students will accompany you on this special tour.

They will be waiting for you at the Ca' Foscari Tour desk at least 10 minutes before the indicated departure time at the courtyard of Ca' Foscari (Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice).

December Month Tour:

  • Saturday, 2023 December 2;
  • Saturday, 2023 December 16.

Morning with Carlo Scarpa
Saturday 2nd December 2023

On the 45th anniversary of the death of Carlo Scarpa, Ca' Foscari Tour invites you to learn more about the legacy of this famous Venetian architect inside the 15th-century building of Ca' Foscari

We have designed a special itinerary focusing on Carlo Scarpa's interventions in the Aula Baratto. In 1936 and in 1955 Scarpa renovated and reorganised the room so as to make it fit to become the University's Aula Magna, but he did not overlook the building's original function as a private home.

Date: Saturday 2 December 2023. Tours will start as follows:

  • 10.00 a.m.
  • 10.40 a.m.
  • 11.20 a.m.
  • 12.00 p.m.

The tour, in Italian and English, is free of charge and lasts 40 minutes. Admission is free, subject to availability. Ten spots are reserved for IUAV students in each time slot.

Meeting point: ground floor of Ca' Foscari (Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice)

Tour to the former slaughterhouse of San Giobbe

Tour to the former slaughterhouse of San Giobbe, now home to the Ca' Foscari Economic Campus.The history of the place used as the island's slaughterhouse has its roots as far back as the Middle Ages, over the centuries many changes and design proposals such as that of Le Corbusier.

The tour is scheduled every first Friday of the month at 17:00

December Month Tour: Friday 1 Dicember. 

Reservations required. Sign up for the St. Job's tour.

Meeting point: Cannaregio 873, Fondamenta San Giobbe, 30121 Venice

Duration: about 40 minutes


Would you like to organize an ad hoc visit?

Ca' Foscari Tour is a project that aims to tell the story of the University and to show the most evocative places of the Ca' Foscari and Ca' Dolfin venues.The tours are free of charge and to guide you are student collaborators who will accompany you on a personalized and engaging tour.The initiatives are free and open to all.


Tour ad hoc

Are you a professor or member of the University's Technical Administrative Staff and would like to organize an ad hoc tour? Send an email to at least 15 days in advance and, depending on space availability, we will arrange your tour.


Groups and families

If you would like to book a tour, please contact us at  and, subject to availability, we can create custom tours for you.


School groups 

Want to organize a tour for your classroom? We organize tours for all grades, email  to schedule a tour.

Virtual tour

If you want to know something more about Ca' Foscari Tour and our spaces, here below is a preview.