In Italian the word CA’ is for HOUSE (CA’=CASA)

In sestiere of Cannaregio, overlooking the grand Canal you can admire Ca’ d’oro, a palace considered one of the highest examples of Venetian floral Gothic. The denomination (Golden House = Ca’ d’oro) stems from the fact that some parts of the façade were originally covered with gold. The first owner, in the fifteenth century, was Marino Contarini who, on the death of his wife Soramador Zeno, decided to demolish it and then rebuild it: Some argue that the final physiognomy of the palace is owed to him.

After having undergone numerous changes of owners, restorations and remakes, in the nineteenth century was bought by Baron Giorgio Franchetti who wanted to undertake a careful philological restoration of the building, trying to bring it as close as possible to the Fifteenth century morphology, but in 1916 Franchetti made with the Italian state an agreement in which he pledged to cede the palace at the end of the work in exchange for their financial cover.

Among the works that he had performed there was also the demolition of superstructures in the façade, the reopening of the square windows, and the creation of the ex Novo floors with drawings inspired by the original ones lost. The marble floor in the portico of the ground floor covers an area of 350 m² and the geometrical motifs that make up the decoration are inspired by the medieval pavements of the Venetian lagoon churches such as St. Mark’s Basilica.

The Baron placed inside some works of art belonging to his collection, it was in fact in his will that the building became a museum, losing its function of civil dwelling. After his death in 1922, restoration works were completed and on January 18, 1927, the gallery that took its name was inaugurated.


We advise you to visit it and to inform you of the exhibitions and events that take place every month or to call the call center + 39 041 5200345. We remind you that the first Sunday of every month the entrance is free for everyone!