Palazzo Labia, Venice

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Palazzo Labia is a baroque palace in Venice, Italy. Built in the 17th–18th century, it is one of the last great palazzi of Venice. Little known outside of Italy, it is most notable for the remarkable frescoed ballroom painted 1746–47 by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, with decorative works in trompe-l'œil by Gerolamo Mengozzi-Colonna.

In a city often likened to a cardboard film set, the Palazzo is unusual by having not only a formal front along the Grand Canal, but also a visible and formal facade at its rear, and decorated side as well, along the Cannaregio Canal. In Venice, such design is very rare. The palazzo was designed by the architect Andrea Cominelli (by Alessandro Tremignon according to others), the principal facade is on the Cannaregio Canal; a lesser three bayed facade faces the Grand Canal. A later facade probably designed by Giorgio Massari is approached from the Campo San Geremia.
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  • In San Geremia Square, on the our favorite square is this beautiful Palace. Labia Palace is a baroque palace, built in the 17th and 18th centuries, is one of the last great palaces of Venice. It was.....  more »
  • From 30 years ago I remembered that the Tiepolos were glorious but it was very difficult to find the opening times out. We wanted to visit in the first week of the year, checked all sites, got the...  more »
  • Beautiful palace, originally from about 1646, built for the rich Spanish family of Labia who were famous over the centuries for their lavish feasts. Even after them, the subsequent owners continued in this "tradition"... it remains famous a party of the 50s in which were present the Dukes of Windsor, the Agha Khan, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior and many crowned heads. The tapestries of Tiepolo in the ballroom are beautiful. Today it is the RAI regional headquarters.
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