Venice Palazzi were once the Palatial Homes of aristocrats, city officials and the Rich :
Along Venice’s Grand Canal are many grand buildings and palazzi which represent some of the finest architecture of Venice. Many of these buildings were once the palatial homes of aristocrats, city officials or family homes of rich merchants.
Some of these palazzi were built to show off the wealth and power of the owners and the fronts of the buildings had beautiful frescoes that were intended to impress. A ride down the Grand Canal in the past was like viewing a parade of palaces whose owners were the who’s who of society during that time.
Many of these grand buildings have been converted into luxurious hotels, whilst others now serve as art galleries, upmarket shops and concert and opera venues.
If you’d like to experience a famous opera or a classical concert performance in a Venice palazzo, the following are regular venues.