The Mocenigo clan was one of the most fecund and prominent noble families in Venice, producing no fewer than seven doges. The San Stae branch of the family rebuilt their Gothic palazzo here in the early 17th century, and lived in it until recently: their late 18th-century furniture still fills the piano nobile, under frescoes reminding them of past ancestral glories.
Alvise Nicolò, the last of the Mocenigos, donated the pile to the city, and in 1985 it became the Study Centre of Fabrics and Costumes. Now completely restored and reopened in 2013, you can visit 20 rooms on the piano nobile, offering a rare, almost unchanged look into the life of noble family in the 17th and 18th centuries; there are displays of costumes, and five new rooms dedicated to the ancient Venetian art of perfume.
Hours Nov-Mar 10am-4pm; Apr-Oct 10am-5pm
Adm €8; €5.50 ages 6-14, students under 25
vaporetto: San Stae
+39 041 721798
Images by: Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls