Carlo Goldoni was one of the most prolific 18th century Venice-born playwrights who created some of the most valuable and popular plays of the time. For most of his life, he lived on Italian land, making his way through on the theater scene of Tuscany and Venice alike. However, Goldoni spent the last 25 years of his life in Paris where he eventually died, in 1793, at age 86.

The impact of Goldoni’s work on the Italian theater is undisputed, Goldoni having been, even during his life, deemed representative of the Italian theater for the duration of his stay in Paris (a reputation which brought him great privileges at the court). However, people keen on Goldoni’s work should definitely be willing to understand some of his biography, which is why a visit to the Carlo Goldoni House is recommendable.

Despite the fact Goldoni himself did not live long in the house where he was born (only from 1707 to 1719), the edifice, called Ca’Centani (now widely referred to as the Goldoni House), has preserved the typical dash of the 15th century Gothic style Venetian residences. The idea of setting up a museum dedicated to Goldoni occurred in 1914, but the political circumstances prevented the promoters of this prospect to act on their plan. Thus, it was no sooner than 1953 that the museum eventually opened its gates to the public, showcasing a consistent collection of memorabilia and trying to point out the influence of Goldoni’s creative work on the history of the Italian theater. The puppet theater section is one of the highlights of this museum. The edifice also comprises an archive and a library.

Casa di Carlo Goldoni is managed by MUVE. It follows naturally that holders of a Museum Pass can enter the memorial house with substantial discounts.

Carlo Goldoni House (Casa di Carlo Goldoni)
2794, San Polo, 30125, Venice, Italy
0039 041 2759325
0039 041 2440081
[email protected]
Opening hours:
1st April to 31st October: 10am to 6pm; 1st November to 31st March: 10am to 4pm (closed on Wednesdays)
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