Take a tour of this converted monastery, which regularly hosts exhibitions and conferences, and you’ll travel from the Palladian cloister “through a series of fascinating rooms including the monastic refectory and the 17th century library designed by Baldassare Longhena,” writes Venice Prestige. The Giorgio Cini Foundation was established in 1951 by Vittorio Cini, entrepreneur, patron of the arts and collector, in memory of his son Giorgio, who died in a flying accident,” says Venice the Future. “The aim was to bring life back to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore (in a state of serious environmental degradation after nearly 150 years of military use), making it an international centre for cultural activities.”
Palazzo Cini**, once the home of Vittorio Cini, is an extension of the foundation**. Located in Dorsoduro between the Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the 16th-century gothic-style palazzo “contains a significant part of his impressive art collection,” says Venice Museum Guide.
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