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Casa Goldoni Museum in Venice Italy

The Casa Goldoni Museum in San Polo Venice: history, opening hours, contacts, fares of tickets and useful information for the visit.

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The Casa Carlo Goldoni Civic Museum is housed in Palazzo Centanni, a few steps from Campo San Tom� and Campo San Polo.
The Museum is part of the circuit of the Venetian Civic Museums and occasionally organizes exhibitions during the year.

"Je suis né à Venise, l’an 1707, dans une grande et belle maison, située entre le pont de Nomboli et celui de Donna onesta, au coin de rue de Ca’ Centanni, sur le paroisse de S. Thomas."

- Mémoires, Carlo Goldoni

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The museum itinerary includes a review of the places where Goldoni lived and worked through a map on the ground floor in the courtyard. The internal courtyard has a central well bearing the Rizzi coat of arms which has a hedgehog. Here the goods were loaded and unloaded from the boats that moored in front of the water gate. You can see the Topographical map of Venice by Ludovico Ughi (1729) and the places where Goldoni lived in the city.

Through the external staircase you pass then inside the museum on the first floor, passing through the portego or reception hall; here are the rooms where a scenic situation is recreated in Goldoni's works. The first room, for example, reproduces the XIV scene of La Conversazione and four other theatrical scenes; all faithfully treated with original period furniture and objects of the century of Goldoni: they are The Venetian Lawyer (1749-50), La donna di garbo (1743), The obedient daughter (1752), La finta ammalata (1751).

The second room presents the scene of Chi la fa l'aspetta (1765). Alongside these scenic representations are the images of Venetian eighteenth-century life so well represented by the painting of Longhi and his school: Breakfast in the villa, The Kitchen, The Concert, The Dance, The Seller of pancakes, The Music Lesson, La Furlana, Lunch with masks. In the second room there is also a silk-screen portrait of Carlo Goldoni realized by Lorenzo Tiepolo that was used for the edition of Carlo's comedies in 1759.

The third room presents a scene from the first act of Il giuocatore (1750), an eighteenth-century furnishing with a small table and armchairs, a puppet theater (Goldoni had a similar one in the house) with the representation of Il Servitore di due padroni (1745), a painting by Pietro Longhi on the wall, Il Parlatorio, as well as other pictorial reproductions of Longhi such as Il Rinoceronte (1751), now kept by Ca' Rezzonico Museum.

Casa Goldoni's Theatrical Studies Library, open to scholars who wish to request it, keeps original manuscripts from the Correr Fund; some original autographs by Carlo Goldoni; the Vendramin Archive and the theater libraries of Giuseppe Ortolani, Edgardo Maddalena and Cesare Musatti for a total of about 30 thousand volumes. These include many eighteenth-century edition of Goldoni and the manuscript of Giustino, written by Carlo in the first period of his theatrical activity (before 1950).

Biographical notes on Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni (Venice, 25 February 1707 - Paris, 6 February 1793) was an Italian playwright, writer, librettist and lawyer, citizen of the Republic of Venice.

After spending 12 years at Palazzo Centani Carlo moved to Perugia first and then to Rimini, Venice, Pavia and Udine, always following his father who was a doctor. Died the father in 1731, he returned to Venice and finally became a lawyer but sine he was a child he showed a clear inclination for writing and especially for the theater.
In 1738 Goldoni wrote his first comedy, the Momolo cortesan, followed by La donna di garbo (1742-43).
After a period in Rimini and in Tuscany he returned to Venice where he was active at the Teatro Sant'Angelo writing for the Company of Girolamo Medebach. With The prudent man, The hrewd widow, The honored putta, The knight and the lady, The good wife, The family of the antiquarian and The lucky heir Goldoni moved away from the Commedia dell'arte and presented his revolution that continued with the famous bet with the Medebach of 1750 to write 16 comedies in a year, a bet that Goldoni won at the price of a severe depression.

In 1753 Goldoni broke with Medebach and began a collaboration with the Teatro San Luca, which stood on the site where today is the Teatro Goldoni, which lasted until 1761 when he decided to leave for Paris. This was the year of the performance of The holiday trilogy, Sior Todero brontolon, Le baruffe chiozzotte and One of the last nights of carnival.

"... because my life itself is a comedy."

- M�moires, Carlo Goldoni

In Paris he was an Italian tutor at Versailles of the daughters of Louis XV and in 1769 and for this he obtained a court pension. In 1771 he wrote two plays in French and clashed with the needs of the French public, still linked to the Commedia dell'arte and still unaware of the Goldoni Revolution operated in Venice. Between 1784 and 87 he wrote in French his autobiography which entitled M�moires in which it doesn't appear the French Revolution (1789) of which he was witness, an event that upset him and took him away the king's pension leaving him to die in misery at age 86 on February 6th, 1793.


The Palazzo Centanni was built in Gothic style in the fifteenth century by the Rizzi family from which it then passed to Centani or Zentani from which the palace took its name. At the end of the seventeenth century the palace passed to Carlo Alessandro Goldoni, notary and future father of Carlo who was born here on 24 February 1707; the Goldoni family remained in Palazzo Centanni until Carlo was twelve years old.

Passed to the Manassero Camozzo family, the Palazzo was bought by Piero Foscari, Aldo Rav� and Antonio Pellegrini in 1914 to be destined to become a museum dedicated to Italian theater but the project was not built for the outbreak of the First World War. It was thus that between the two wars Palazzo Centanni was donated to the City of Venice, which started the restoration operations to make it a museum dedicated to the great Venetian playwright. After the break of the second conflict, the House Museum of Carlo Goldoni, a name that supplanted the previous one among the Venetians, was opened to the public in 1953.


Palazzo Centanni has a 15th-century Venetian Gothic architecture with a fa�ade that is modeled on the next creek made by the Rio de San Tom� shortly before it flows into the Grand Canal. The fa�ade has three levels overlooking Rio de San Tom� near Ponte dei Nomboli; the style is Venetian Gothic, which was dominant in the city before the arrival of Mauro Codussi (1467), with tall windows with pointed arches, open on a background of exposed bricks, separated by slender columns in white marble; a beautiful four-light window and an elegant geometric frame, placed on top of each opening of the second level, gives the building elegance and particularity.

Internally, the building is on three levels with a beautiful internal courtyard that has access to the adjacent canal, and terracotta floors where the well houses the coat of arms of the Rizzi family, the first owner of the house. Afterwards a beautiful fifteenth-century stone exterior staircase, which rests on rising pointed arches rising upwards and presents a stone balustrade and lions on the handrail, leads to the upper floor where the largest room or portego opens onto which other minors overlook. On the third floor the library is located.

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How to reach the Casa Carlo Goldoni Museum

Casa Goldoni is located near Campo San Tom� in San Polo.
From Piazza San Marco and from Rialto you can take line 1 or 2 (faster) with San Tomà Stop. From Rialto you can also easily walk in 10 minutes.
From Piazzale Roma you can take line 2 with San Tomà Stop or arrive with a 10-minute walk.

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Hours: from November 1 to May 31 from 10.00 to 17.00 (ticket office from 10.00 to 16.00). From 1 June to 31 October from 10.00 to 18.00 (ticket office from 10.00 to 17.00). Closed on Monday, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st.
Tickets: full � 5; reduced � 3,50 (children from 6 to 14 years, students from 15 to 25 years, accompanying groups of boys or students (up to 2), citizens over 65, staff of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) holders of Rolling Venice Card, FAI members). Free for residents and born in the City of Venice; children from 0 to 5 years; I.C.O.M. members; handicapped people with a companion; licensed guides and tourist interpreters accompanying groups or individual visitors; for each group of at least 15 people, 1 free entry (only with reservation); ordinary MUVE partners; MUVE Friend Card holders. School Offer: � 4 per person (valid from 1 September to 15 March). For classes of students of all types and levels accompanied by their teachers with a list of the names filled in by the home institution.
Accessibility: Fully accessible for the disabled.
Information and reservations: [email protected]; call center 848082000 (from Italy); the service is available from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9.00 to 14.00; closed on festive days.
Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 to 13.30; Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 to 17.00. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Website: Casa Carlo Goldoni

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