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  4. Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Venice: Guided Carlo Scarpa Architecture Tour

Product ID: 358895
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Enjoy an itinerary between ancient and modern architecture through the places of Carlo Scarpa. This itinerary between ancient and modern architecture is an opportunity that no-one with a passion for beauty in Venice should miss.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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English, Italian

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  • Discover Carlo Scarpa through Venice’s architecture
  • Learn how to look at water and light from a new perspective
  • Explore the masterpieces of 19th-century architecture in Venice
  • Gain an insight into Venice’s modern art and beauty
Full description
The first destination of your tour is the Olivetti Showroom in St. Mark’s Square. This is a modern example of the interaction between both inner and outer space in architecture. The showroom recreates the theme of water by using a few decoration "devices". These include a trickle of water flowing down an ornamental fountain on the ground floor, and tiny colored glass tiles which cover the floor. These tiles reflect the light by producing the flickering water effect that characterizes the surface of St. Mark’s Square in times of high tide.

Large windows flood the showroom with light that reverberates on the fountain’s water and the gray-purplish wall stucco. Floor colors also gradually fade off as the distance from the windows increases. The showroom is decorated using local materials, such as glass, marble, stone, and wood, which are beautifully juxtaposed to create a stylish ambience for the display of Olivetti typewriters. These machines from the 1950s and 1960s are exhibited as if they were "jewels in a museum".

Carlo Scarpa’s search for harmony between natural elements and architectural space is best illustrated at Venice’s Querini Stampalia Foundation, which is the next destination on your tour. Carlo Scarpa reinforced the building and renovated both the entrance hall of the museum and the palace’s garden. He regained control over an open portion of the building, which had been left in disuse due to it being regularly flooded.

Scarpa raised the area from the ground floor and transformed it into a walkway for the palace’s visitors. Water entering the ground floor was contained by a parapet wall and channeled into the rear garden. Thanks to this solution, water acquires an aesthetic value, while harmoniously coexisting with the other architectural elements of the building. This modern re-visitation of an ancient building makes the former Querini Stampalia residence a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture.
  • Qualified guide
  • Entrance to the Olivetti Showroom and Querini Stampalia Foundation
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

St. Mark's Square, in front of the blue clock tower.

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The tour will take place rain or shine (in the event of exceptionally high tides it may be canceled and refunds will be provided)
• No refunds will be issued for no shows or late arrivals

From US$ 210.99 per person

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Gray Line Venice - Park Viaggi

Product ID: 358895