Off Campo Santo Stefano, Palazzo Pisani is tucked into its own little campo. The tycoons of the Pisani family suffered from the most lingering case of ‘stone fever’ or mal della pietra in Venice. You could land a Concorde on their villa at Strà, and this town palace of theirs, begun in 1614, would have reached similar proportions – or at least the Grand Canal – if the government hadn’t ordered them to stop building during the mid-18th century.
The palace, now the Conservatory of Music, has two interior courtyards, linked by a loggia – worth popping into to see the wall of pouting Pisani busts. The rest of the palace is off limits.
Images by: Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls