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Venice Building,Restoration

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Venice Building,Restoration

Can anyone recommend a museum or exhibition in Venice that explains how the city was built and/or current issues and projects concerning restoration?

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tripadvisor.com/… here's a start...enjoy.

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The DK Eyewitness guide has a good section on the construction of the city also a guide to Venetian architectural features plus an excellent account of the construction of a gondola. AS for restoration work you will see it in progress all around the city from the simple, walls being replastered to pontile being repaired and palazzi undergoing a 'facelift'. The oldest palazzo on the canal da Mosta is now partially unveiled revealing extensive work. The Palazzo Fortuny is in a similar state. The most extensive restoration in the city at the moment is the Palazzo Papadopoli which is being converted into an upmarket boutique hotel so I am reliably informed. You might also like to look at the hideous reworking re-imagining of the Fonacha dei Turchi to see how an earlier generation saw 'restoration'. It's a constant battle to keep Venice from decay, in fact the place should not really exist at all. Facelifting is not the preserve of the city but unlike fading stars who disappear into private clinics, in Venice it's all on show.

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And then try not to notice how the graffiti "artists" are ruining as much as they can.

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Very true. There was a high profile arrest of three 'artists' a couple of weeks ago and there have been efforts to erase much of the graffiti, but there does not seem to be the realisation here that the quicker it goes the slower it is to return. Witness the Casa di Risparmio in Campo Manin. If graffiti arrives there it is gone before the paint is dry, hence the walls remain clean.

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Many thanks for the information.

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Have just returned from Venice for the first time. In answer to your question, there is no one single museum which does this, which surprised me. The rather dull Museo Correr has an original wooden model of the unfinished Palazzo that is now the Peggy Guggenheim, which is useful; the Doge's palace gives a perfect overview of how and why Venice achieved what it achieved; but other than that, just visit each of the public palazzos to see how they work - Rezzonico, Pesaro, Mocenigo etc

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Absalom - re. your comment "It's a constant battle to keep Venice from decay, in fact the place should not really exist at all." - I always try to keep this in mind when visiting the city and never cease to be amazed that such a magical place has continued to survive against the odds. I think this may also be why some of the residents are so protective of their home city and not well disposed to visitors who treat Venice like some sort of Disneyland.

I also agree with venicelover's comments about graffiti.

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The huge building by the station the ex poster is also going under a massive renovation.....

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The majority of the scaffolding and covering on the Palzzo Fortuny is now down and the result is well worth a visit.

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