Palazzetto Foscari del Prà is a small palace in the Venetian Gothic style overlooking the Grand Canal, in the sestiere of Cannaregio, in Venice. The palace is located near the Church of Santa Sofia, at equal distance between Palazzo Michiel dalle Colonne and Ca d’Oro.
The palace was built in the second half of the 15th century. In 1488, the Foscari family bought the building from the Longin family.
In 1520, the ambassador of the Duke of Mantua and Duke Federico Gonzaga lived here for a certain period of time.
In the early 1700s, the prominent German merchant Sigismund Streit lived there.
After being owned by the Del Prà family, the Giannetti Hotels Group bought the palace in 2003 and transformed it in a 4-star hotel.
The facade of the palace, without particular architectural merit, is noticeable thanks to the Gothic and asymmetric polifora (window divided by multiple columns).
On the top floor, the facade was badly remodeled, with the balconies of the windows invading the marble framing of the window below. On the top floor, we can also find the coat of arms of the Foscari family.
HOW TO GET THERE
The closest waterbus station is Ca d’Oro, located about 220 meters away, on the waterbus Line 1. The best place to admire the palace is on the other bank of the Grand Canal, near the Rialto Market.