Found across the Grand Canal from Ca’ Pesaro, between Palazzo Ruoda and Rio di Noale, Palazzo Gussoni Grimani Dalla Vida is one of those historic buildings that support the architectural image of a city. Venice, to be a true open-air museum, needs each of these buildings, which, side by side, build a charming ensemble.
The palace was designed by the architect Michele Sanmicheli, and built between 1548 and 1556 for the Gussoni family. During the following century, the edifice served as the headquarters for the Accademia Delfica, founded in 1647 by Francesco Gussoni.
After the death of the last Gussoni, in 1736, the palace, in the line of kinship, was transfered to the Minio family. In 1978, the building was sold to the Grimani family, and later, in 1814, it came into possession of the Dalla Vida family, recognized as the last owners, before the palace became the property of the Italian state.
Between 1614 and 1618, the Gussoni Grimani Palace was the residence of the English diplomat Sir Henry Wotton, the Doge’s counselor at that time, and also the author of a limited number of poems and translations.
The facade of the palace was initially adorned with Jacopo Tintoretto’s frescoes, inspired by Michelangelo’s sculptures, frescoes that disappeared in time due to moisture, while the interior courtyard was decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti illustrating Hercules’ life.
HOW TO GET THERE
Most of the palaces on Canal Grande can be admired by water, from a boat or, why not, from a gondola, but if you need more time, the best is to find a place on the opposite bank of the canal, where you can stay as long as you want.
The nearest vaporetto station, located on the same bank, is San Marcuola, where the waterbuses of Lines 1 and 2 are stopping. On the other hand, stopping at San Stae, on the same vaporetto lines, can be more convenient, the station being right across the Grand Canal from Palazzo Gussoni Grimani Dalla Vida.