The Ca’ Rezzonico is one of the most famous palaces in Venice, with the main facade facing the Grand Canal. It is located in the sestiere of Dorsoduro. At the moment it welcomes the Museo del Settecento Venetian, a public museum dedicated to the Venetian XVIII century.
Ca’ Rezzonico stands on the right bank of the Grand Canal at the point where the Rio di San Barnaba joins it. The place was previously occupied by two houses belonging to the Bon family, one of the patrician families of Venice. In 1649, the head of the family, Filippo Bon, decided to build a great palace in that place. To this end, he employed Baldassarre Longhena, the greatest defender of Venetian baroque, a style that slowly replaced the more floral Gothic style of such palaces as the neighbors Ca ‘Foscari and Ca’ d’Oro, built more than 100 years earlier. However, neither the architect nor the client would see the conclusion of the Palazzo Bon: Longhena passed away in 1682 and Filippo Bon suffered a financial collapse. It remained only a noble facade facing the Grand Canal and a first floor covered by wooden beams.