Palazzo Labia : Michelin's recommendations
This is an elegant palace, built along the Cannaregio Canal, somewhat removed from the Grand Canal. The facade is ornamented with bosses on the ground floor level and with Ionic and Corinthian pillars for the upper floors. Under the roof, eagles symbolize Labia family pride.Rumor has it that these people found no better way to show off their riches than to throw out the window and into the canal the dishes and gold flatware used for the sumptuous receptions they gave in their palace. Nastier rumors yet added that prior to this, they had placed nets in the canal in order to discreetly gather up the goods, thus adding avarice to ostentation. But we know better than to listen to malicious gossip... To this day their palace shows three facades: one facing Campo S. Geremia, another on the Cannaregio canal and the third looks out onto a small campo that runs down to the Grand Canal: building one's palace right on the canal was a privilege of nobility - the true, the old nobility - not for people who, like the Labias, had bought their title. Though very run down in the 19th C., it was fortunately restored, and is today used for meetings and conventions. The Grand Ballroom is decorated with frescoes by Tiepolo that represent the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra. The Hall of Mirrors and its walls decorated with trompe-l'oeil, the Mapamundi Hall and its adjoining chapel, a hallway covered with Cordova leather, halls ornamented with stucco and tapestries enable you to imagine the richness of a Venetian palace.
- Address : Campo S. - Geremia I - 30121 Venezia30121Venezia