Palazzo Grimani, located in the Castello area of Venice, is one of the most significant palazzos to open its doors to the public for many years. Inaugurated as a museum in 2008 after a decades-long restoration, the building is celebrated for its original architecture, outstanding decoration and its history.
The palace was the former residence of Antonio Grimani who was doge of Venice in the 1520s. However, it was Grimani’s grandsons who substantially altered the edifice and gave it a more classical look on the advice of celebrated architects such as Jacopo Sansovino, Sebastiano Serlio and Andrea Palladio. The decoration of the rooms is exceptional with fine stuccowork and frescoes reflecting the unconventional taste of the Grimanis and carried out by Mannerist artists such as Giovanni da Udine, Francesco Salviati, Camillo Mantovano, Francesco Menzocchi and Federico Zuccari.
All this makes Palazzo Grimani unique in Venetian history and architecture, a fascinating treasure trove of cultural, artistic and historical riches with some fine pieces from the family collections dating back to the 1500s.
Film buffs may be interested to know that the final scenes of the 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now were filmed in the palazzo.