Carnival at Pisani Palace: the Barber of Seville

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January 1970

La chic Venise, in partership with Ca 'Macana, one of the best artisan shop of typical Venetian masks, presents the third edition of "Carnival Party-Palazzetto Pisani", we have opened the dance with Dante's hell and paradise and, after the resounding success of Don Giovanni di Mozart, this year's theme will refer to one of Rossini's most famous and loved works: the barber of Seville.

The well-known comic opera commissioned by Francesco Sforza  for the Carnival and staged for the first time in 1816, is still one of the most proposed in theaters all over the world

On February 12, 2021, the Palace will dress up in ironic madness. Intrigues and misadventures will make you laugh in one of the most renowned locations of Venice.
 We are waiting for you on 02/21/2020 at Palazzetto Pisani, an eighteenth century building located in the historic center of the city of Venice, overlooking the Grand Canal, a few steps from the Accademia bridge.
In this unique setting in the world you can attend the barber of Seville, in an environment marked by seduction and elegance, an evening of pure fun, including music, opera and spectacular artistic performances.


The dinner, from the refined menu, will be served on the main floor and between one course and the other involved in the performance of our artists.
After dinner, a fun Carnival will begin, a unique and unforgettable experience, outlined by further performances and a cocktail party with musical accompaniment

Starting from 7.00 pm it will be possible to access the event and guests will be welcomed with a welcome drink and artistic and musical performances.

From 8.00 pm the dinner made by the chef will start accompanied by shows, excellent food and magnificent regional wines.

After dinner, the after dinner will begin at 10.30pm

The party will continue until 02.00 involving guests in an eighteenth-century setting to live an unforgettable experience all round.

Dress Code: in Carnival costume or elegant with mask.

Dinner: diner, performance and afterdinner with 5 drinks included

Afterdinner : afterdinne with 5 drinks included

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Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Palazzo Pisani Moretta is a palace situated along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (in the sestiere of San Polo) between Palazzo Tiepolo and Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza.


Built in the second half of the 15th Century by the Bembo family, the palace soon became the residence of a branch of the noble Pisani family (the Pisani Moretta branch). The palace was renovated, modified and extended over the following centuries, finally taking on its current aspect in the 18th Century. In fact many of the valuable interior decorations date back to the 18th Century. Past guests to the palace included important historic figures such as Tsar Paul I of Russia, Joséphine de Beauharnais and Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Palazzo Pisani Moretta remained in the Pisani family until it died out in 1880 but the building is still owned privately.

The interior rooms were decorated by Baroque artists such as Tiepolo, Jacopo Guarana, Gaspare Diziani and Giuseppe Angeli. The palace once housed, among other things, Paolo Veronese's monumental painting The Family of Darius before Alexander, which was viewed here by Goethe in 1786 (diary entry from October 8 of that year) and acquired by the National Gallery, London, in 1857, where it now hangs. The palace is said to have housed a ceiling painting called, The Chariots of Aurora by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675-1741), which was restored and installed in the Library of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

It hosts an annual masquerade ball Il Ballo del Doge, held during the Carnival period.


The façade of Palazzo Pisani Moretta is an example of Venetian Gothic floral style with its two floors of six-light mullioned windows with ogival arches, similar to those found in the loggia of the Doge’s Palace flanked by two single windows. The ground floor has two central pointed arched doorways opening on to the canal.

(c) Didier Descouens
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