Welcome back, Venice enthusiasts! We have some exciting news for you: Palazzo Cini in Venice has finally reopened its doors in April 2023!

This remarkable palace, nestled in the heart of Venice, is a secret treasure waiting to be discovered.

Are you ready to dive into its captivating history, breathtaking art collection, and practical tips for visiting?

Let's go, insiders!

The Alluring Palazzo Cini Venice: a place rich in History and Art

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Palazzo Cini, also known as Cini Palace, was built in the 16th century and has a long and fascinating history.

Palazzo Cini was purchased by one of the greatest Italian collectors of the 20th century in 1919. It is located in the Sestiere of Dorsoduro, overlooking the Grand Canal, and hides an enchanting art collection inside.

Who is the great collector who led to the founding of the Palazzo Cini Gallery? It is the philanthropist Vittorio Cini, Count of Monselice and former Minister of Communications of the Kingdom of Italy.

He has also created and dedicated the Fondazione Giorgio Cini to his son, who tragically died during a flight over Cannes. That's right, the same foundation linked to the protection of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

His love for the arts and his immense wealth meant that Vittorio Cini was able to create one of the most conspicuous private art collections in Italy.

Part of this collection was kept at the Monselice Castle (in the province of Padua, a few dozen kilometers from Venice), while part was kept right at the Cini Palace.

Vittorio Cini's dream, however, was to create a major exhibition at Palazzo Grassi with all the most significant works from his extraordinary collection.

Unfortunately, his wish was never granted and, after his death in 1977, his estate was equally divided among his children.

In 1981, one of Vittorio's daughters, Yana Cini Alliata di Montereale, decided to donate part of her father's collection to the Giorgio Cini Foundation, with the condition that it be exhibited to the public in the rooms of Palazzo Cini.

The museum was then opened 3 years later, going on to expand the following years with further donations from Yana and Ylda, Yana's twin sister.

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The Palazzo Cini Gallery is truly a treasure trove for art enthusiasts.

As you wander through its halls, you'll be captivated by a remarkable collection of masterpieces by some of the most renowned Italian artists.

Here you will see extraordinary works of art dating back to the XIII to the XVIII century, mostly showing Tuscan and Ferrarese renaissance paintings.

Here follows just a few names of the artists whose works you'll encounter during a visit to the gallery: Piero di Cosimo, Lorenzo and Giandomenico Tiepolo, Beato Angelico and Luca Signorelli.

These are just a few examples of what you'll find at the Palazzo Cini Gallery. Trust us, you won't want to miss this visual feast!

Plan Your Visit: How to Get to Palazzo Cini, Opening Hours, and Tickets

Ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Palazzo Cini Venice? Here's all the practical information you need to plan your visit to the art gallery:

How to Get There

Palazzo Cini is conveniently located in the Dorsoduro district of Venice.

You can reach it by taking the Vaporetto Line 1 or Line 2 and getting off at the Accademia stop. From there, it's just a short walk to the palace.

Opening Hours

The Palazzo Cini Gallery is open from April 21st to October 15th, 2023. It is open everyday, except on Tuesday, from 11 AM to 7 PM (last entrance at 6.15 PM).


If you book your tickets online, admission to the Palazzo Cini Gallery costs €6,70 per person. We recommend booking your tickets online in advance to avoid long queues.

Now that you have all the insider info, what are you waiting for?

Dive into the captivating world of Palazzo Cini Venice and let its beauty and history sweep you off your feet. And remember, this is just the beginning of your journey in the City of Canals.

Stay tuned for more Venice Insider Guide articles to help you uncover the city's hidden gems and make the most of your Venetian adventure!

Cover photo by Hervé Simon via Flickr.

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