The English translation of this is “golden house” so called because of the gilt external decorations that used to adorn the external walls. The official name is Palazzo Santa Sofia and was donated to the Italian State in 1916 by art collector owner Baron Georgio Franchetti who owned it since 1894 and who carried out important renovations.
It was built between 1428 and 1430 for the noble Venetian Contarini family who provided Venice with 8 doges between 1043 and 1676.
Today, it is a museum that houses the collection of Baron Franchetti and includes paintings, sculptures and coins all amassed during his lifetime, the highlight of which would be the painting “San Sebastiano” by Andrea Mantegna.
How to get there:
If you take the vaporetto, get off at the stop ‘Ca’ d’Oro’ and it is a few steps up the street.
Nearest Vap stop:
€13 full price
Monday: 8.15 to 2pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 8.15am to 7.15pm
Sunday and public holidays: 9am to 7pm
Ca’ d’Oro, Cannaregio 3932, Venezia
+39 041 5200 345