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Enter deep into the nearby woods to see the magnificent installation of the Vatican chapels. Nestled inside the forest, explore these thought-provoking, innovative, and marvelous structures created for the 2018’s Architecture Biennale. A 50-minute audio guide tour will take you through its inception complemented by an original soundtrack from Antonio Fresa.
This 1950s open-air theatre commissioned by Cini and built by Luigi Vietti and Angelo Scattolin can hold 1484 spectators. It is modeled on open-air garden theatres that decked Venetian villas of the 18th century. The structure is made from recycled material left over from restoration projects on the island. Use your smartphone to access a life-like video artwork exhibiting the theatre’s extraordinary vitality through real footage and an original score.
The Palladian Cloister designed by Andrea Palladio is part of an overhaul of the monastery that Palladio designed back in 1560. He was appointed in 1579 to take charge of designing this magnificent structure. Discover how the architect studied and codified the orders of the columns, porticoes, and proportions; how the height, width, and numbers have all been carefully thought out. Witness how he uses twin ionic columns, rather than a single column, to create a sense of depth.
Explore the maze, Borges Labyrinth, built in 2011 as a tribute to Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges. Within this exquisite maze, 3,200 boxwood plants are artfully arranged following the visionary blueprint of architect Randoll Coate. Immerse yourself in the wonder of the Nuova Manica Lunga as you gaze upon the labyrinth from a bird's-eye view, and follow its winding paths, accompanied by an audio guide.
The Nuovo Manica Lunga library complex lies at the heart of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Formerly, the dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, this exceptional space for research & study, was designed by Giovanni Buora. It holds literary resources and holds world-class international standards of library science. This architectural marvel was later redeveloped by the architect Michele De Lucchi. The result is an open-plan, expanse creating an ideal atmosphere for hosting scholars, providing them with necessary infrastructure & research materials.
10 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Sunday
Best Time to Visit: During spring or fall when the weather is pleasant, the city is less crowded with tourists and the Cini Foundation hosts major exhibitions and events
Address: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
Luciano Baldessari (Architecture per la scena): It documents how Luciano Baldessari's scenic eye "exploded" in the Berlin season of the 1920s and became a new way of looking at the world, and at architecture for the rest of his life.
Venue: At the Manica Lunga, from 05 May 2023 - 26 Nov 2023
The tours to Giorgio Cini Foundation start from €22. This includes a complete tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Borges Labyrinth, Manica Lunga Library, and more.
You can book tours to the Giorgio Cini Foundation online or at the venue. Online purchasing is easy and allows you to secure your slot on the day of your visit.
Visitors are recommended to book tours online as it offers guaranteed entry to all the highlights of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Moreover, booking tours online reserve your entry, especially during the peak seasons when tickets get sold out fast.
Tours include a visit to the Longhena Staircase, the Palladio Cloister, the Buora Cloister, the Last Supper with the Wedding at Cana, the New Manica Lunga library, Vatican Chapels's installation, and the Green Theater.
Yes, both attractions are included in the audio-guided tours of the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
Visitors can cancel the tours up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Yes, you can listen to audio guides that come in 5 languages.
The Giorgio Cini Foundation remains open from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Sunday. Only closed on Wednesday.
A complete tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Borges Labyrinth, and Manica Lunga Library takes about 2-2.5 hours, with approximately 40 min dedicated to each landmark.