Soranzo Cappello Palace garden

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Palazzo Cappello in Venice was built in the late XVI century by the powerful and noble Soranzo family. Purchased in 1989 by the State Public Property, the building on Rio Marin was restored along with the adjacent wing to house the headquarters of the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscape for the provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso.


The building consists of a first mezzanine floor, a noble floor, and a mezzanine attic with a skylight on the façade – a solution already recognizable in some other Venetian palaces of the XVI century. What’s most peculiar about this building is the pink plaster with white decorations. Internally, the building preserves valuable pictorial and decoration works.


The garden of Palazzo Soranzo Cappello is accessible only from the entrance to the palace.
From there, visitors can enter the first courtyard crossed by a path and surrounded by sculptures of Roman emperors. The gate is flanked by other sculptures and leads to the actual garden. The latter is encircled within a brick wall that ends with a loggia featuring a portico supported by columns of false marble and of clear classical inspiration.
Inside the loggia, there are some seated sculptures. The garden still retains the ancient “brolo” look – a small private orchard. Today, there are also some greenhouses with citrus fruits.
From the orchard, visitors can have a quite evocative glimpse of the dome of the Church of San Simeon Piccolo. Finally, it is possible to admire another courtyard with a small well almost entirely covered by moss.

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