Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Top choice cultural centre in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

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In 1951, industrialist and art patron Vittorio Cini – a survivor of Dachau – acquired the monastery of San Giorgio and restored it in memory of his son, Giorgio Cini. The rehabilitated complex is an architectural treasure incorporating designs by Palladio and Baldassare Longhena. Weekend tours allow you to stroll through a garden labyrinth and contemplate the tranquil Cypress Cloister, the oldest extant part of the complex (1526). Check the website for exhibitions, events and performances in the open-air Teatro Verde.