Casa di Carlo Goldoni
The home of the King of Comedy
Here Carlo Goldoni, the King of Venetian Comedy, was born in 1707, just in time to chronicle Venice’s twilit play days. The palace (now completely restored) predates Goldoni by a good three centuries, and has one of the city’s most delightful Gothic courtyards. If you’re a student of Venetian theatre, an art descended directly from the Commedia dell’Arte, Goldoni’s house is a goldmine of lore, with first editions of plays by unknown Venetians, playbills, engravings of early sets, a puppet theatre and 18th-century paintings, including a rollicking kitchen scene.