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Casa di Carlo Goldoni

The home of the King of Comedy

Casa di Carlo Goldoni

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.

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Hours Apr-Oct 10-5, Nov-Mar 10-4. Closed Wed.

Adm €5; €3.50 ages 6-14, students 15-25, EU citizens over 65

Calle di Nomboli

vaporetto: San Tomà

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls