Visiting Venice in the guise of Venetian nobles of the eighteenth century is possible, at Ca’ Sagredo, an ancient noble house transformed into a 5 star luxury hotel. The building of the fifteenth century, declared national monument, has an enviable location overlooking the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge. The view you can enjoy from the 42 rooms, each decorated in a different way, is therefore unique: magical atmospheres are created by antique furniture, Murano glass chandeliers, wooden floors, rich fabrics, Italian rococo chairs. Galileo Galilei was a distinguished guest of these rooms.
Towards the mid 1600, the palace became the property of the Sagredos who at the time were considered one of the most prominent families of the Venetian nobility. Even today, the most striking aspect of this residence is the wealth of works of art and the finesse of the paintings that can be seen in its halls. The masterpieces are signed by Venetian painters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Nicolò Bambini and Pietro Longhi.
So much artistic splendor stands out here at Ca’ Sagredo thanks to the passion for art of the descendants of the Sagredo family who have distinguished themselves as collectors. There are also many stucco, sculptures, books, prints and other works that are still in the Palazzo or have left traces. Zaccaria Sagredo, who lived in the second half of the eighteenth century, left here a collection, considered among the most important in Europe, consisting of over 800 paintings from the Renaissance to his days and of about 2000 drawings (some of them Leonardo’s) and engravings, as well as a well-stocked library. In 1718 his grandson Gerardo commissioned to Carpoforo Mazzetti and Tencalla the stucco that are still visible in the mezzanine, consisting of seven rooms designed as meeting and entertainment places.
The sight that can be seen from the rooftop terrace of the hotel’s restaurant, L’Alcova (the alcove) is just unforgettable. The name also says a lot about the inner room which offers an unmatched look on the canal, right in front of the Rialto Market.
Campo Santa Sofia 4198/99, Venezia (VE)