Itinerary: on the Paths of Architect Carlo Scarpa

by Romena Brugnerotto
Fondazioen Querini Stampalia photo credits (c) Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

The best-loved Venetian architect of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) left his personal stamp on numerous works in the Lagoon city. Discover them all in our itinerary!

A map of these venues follows

Before focusing full-time on architecture, he worked as a glass designer, creating a special link between architecture and this time-honoured craft for which the city is renowned.
Scarpa is best-known for his instinctive approach to materials, combining artisanal techniques with modern production methods. Though closely linked to Venice, his architecture was also strongly influenced by Japanese culture. Here’s where you can find some of Scarpa’s works while strolling through Venice’s calli.

1. Ca’ Foscari-Aula Baratto

Aula Baratto

Take advantage of a visit to the university to admire this exquisite masterpiece boasting a breathtaking view over the Grand Canal. 

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Address: Dorsoduro, 3246

Water boat: Vaporetto lines 1, A (Ca’ Rezzonico stop)

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Official Website

GPS: 45.43455, 12.32636

Opening Days and Hours: the spaces are open to the public on special guided tours

2. Galleria dell’Accademia and the Correr Museum (St. Mark’s Square)

Carlo Scarpa at Gallerie dell'Accademia

Scarpa contributed to restoring several areas of these famous Venetian galleries, including designing new exhibition spaces to enhance the works displayed.

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Address: Campo Della Carità, 1050 (Gallerie dell’Accademia)
Piazza San Marco, 52 (Correr Museum)

Water boat: Vaporetto lines 1, 2, N (Accademia DX stop) – Gallerie dell’Accademia
Vaporetto lines 1, N (San Marco Vallaresso stop) – Correr Museuem

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Official Website Gallerie dell’Accademia
Official Website Correr Museum 

Phone Gallerie dell’Accademia: +39 041 5222247
Phone Correr Museum: +39 041 2405211

GPS Gallerie dell’Accademia: 45.43107, 12.32813
GPS Correr Museum: 45.43353, 12.3372

3. Olivetti Store

Negozio Olivetti

In the ‘50s, Scarpa was commissioned to remodel the Olivetti showroom. You can admire some of it from the outside, but if you want to have a decent look, you should really step inside.

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 101

Water boat: vaporetto line 2, 10 (San Marco Giardinetti stop)

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Official Website

Phone: +39 041 5228387

GPS: 45.43416, 12.33756

Opening Days and Hours: From November to March: Tue-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm
From April to October: Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm

4. Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The minimalist design and water features of the building’s beautiful garden strongly evince the gardens of classical China and Japan.

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Address:  Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Castello, 5252

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Phone: +39 041 2711411

GPS: 45.43677, 12.34159

Opening days and hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

5. Sculpture Garden (Italian Pavilion and the Pavilion of Venezuela)

The Italian Pavilion designed by Carlo Scarpa

The gardens at the Biennale are well worth a visit if only to see the pavilions and the works created by Scarpa.

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Address: Cstello, 30100

Water boat: Vaporetto lines 4.2, 5.2, 6 (Giardini DX stop)

GPS: 45.42858, 12.35735

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