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“Great Olivetti design”
Review of Negozio Olivetti

Negozio Olivetti
Ranked #149 of 810 things to do in Venice
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Olivetti showroom is a big surprise. The shop, designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa, is together with the typewriter collection an monumental italian heritage.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

I was keen to see the Olivetti Showroom on a recent trip to Venice especially having read an article saying although most people don't bother to visit it, it is well worth a visit.
Sorry, it is not, even fans of architecture would be hard pressed to find a wooden screen, a stone wall and a flight of stairs exciting even if they were designed by Carlo Scarpa. Probably the best thing about the showroom is the 1960s Olivetti sign outside. The charge is 5 euros taken by whoever mans the desk on the left hand side of the large room as you enter. You are directed to a small vestibule where there is a wooden screen with squares cut out of it and a radiator. You then proceed up the stairs to look at a wall and turn right along a very short corridor where a shelf runs the length of the wall with 2 typewriters on it as a nod to what company used to occupy the space. The small corridor leads to a roped off area which I was astounded to see was the ordinary office with a computer and files used by whoever runs this place. When I asked politely if that was all there was to see, the lady who took the money got very cross and said that I didn't understand it was architecture and any architect would be very upset if they knew it was not appreciated. She also said what did I expect it is not a typewriter museum. Not sure what that meant as I never assume it was a typewriter museum but did expect a little more to see than there is on offer. It could not in any way be classed an architectural gem.

It was a great disappointment and everything there is to see is shown on the photos attached to this review section. A waste of time and money, there are much better things to see in Venice, do not waste 5 euros on this, in fact they should pay visitors 5 euros to go in there. It takes less than 10 minutes even if you take some time to study the stone wall and screen. In fact it took more time for the lady to find some change when I paid than it did to walk round this completely pointless attraction.

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

the fondo ambiente italiano is responsible for the two floors of the immaculately renovated olivetti showroom in a corner building on st.marcus square designed by carlo scarpa. the two floors of this beautiful space take you back to the late 50's - a greatly appreciated experience especially in the context of this otherwise overwhelming city.

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Reviewed 2 November 2012 via mobile

I'm sure it's on every designers list of Scarpa sites to see in Venice but it does not disappoint. You do have to pay to take photos but its worth it.

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