Wedding at Palazzo Ca’ Zenobio

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The location of Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is one of the structures that I have most appreciated during my experience as a wedding photographer in Venice. I have collected all the most important information, to allow you to get to know the history, the structure and answer the most frequently asked questions about the villa. Enjoy the reading!

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio: the history

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is a historic residence located in the Dorsoduro sestiere, on the fondamenta del Soccorso, in Venice. The building is located in the section between Campo dei Carmini and Campo San Sebastian, a more intimate and quiet city area. Designed in the 17th century by Antonio Gaspari, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio was actually built on the ashes of an earlier building. Here, an ancient Gothic-style dwelling stood, transformed by the noble Veronese Zenobio family into the late Baroque palace of today.

During the 19th century, in the absence of direct heirs, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio passed to the Albrizzi family. The latter, however, soon ceded ownership of the building to the Armenian friars of the island of San Lazzaro. From 1851, the palace thus became the seat of the Armenian Mechitarists of Venice, a Catholic religious order founded in 1700.

In the early 20th century, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio was completely restored by the skilful hands of Venetian architect Vincenzo Rinaldo. Today, the structure is still owned by the Armenian monks, who have decided to open its doors for parties and events. Thanks to its unmistakable style, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio has also been chosen as a setting for films and video clips. In particular, scenes from the famous music video of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' were recorded inside.

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio: the perfect setting for an exclusive wedding

The splendid Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is one of the most romantic and prestigious residences on the Lido di Venezia. It is famous for its late Baroque architecture and is the perfect location for refined and exclusive weddings. Getting married here means in fact celebrating an unforgettable event that will enchant all participants.

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is one of Venice's most glamorous destinations. As it does not directly overlook the busy Grand Canal, it is one of the most intimate buildings in which to experience your most important day. You can therefore take full advantage of the location for your wedding shoot without being disturbed by tourists and onlookers.

Strolling around the perimeter of the complex, you will enjoy unparalleled views of the Venetian canals and bridges. From here, your gaze runs to some of the most beautiful churches in the Dorsoduro, the sight of which will instantly enchant your guests. The extra treat? Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of the building's docking station, making your triumphal entrance directly into the gondola.

Upon entering the building, it is then impossible not to be impressed by the richness of the interior decoration. Just below the magnificent frescoed vaults, you can serve your exclusive banquet for a baroque-style event. You can also celebrate your suggestive civil ceremony in this splendid setting. 

Would you instead like to seal your love in a more classic religious ceremony? Even in this case, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio will not disappoint. Within its sweet garden there is a pretty little consecrated church in which to exchange the most emotional 'Yes'.

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is truly a magical place that is sure to amaze your loved ones. Whatever your preference and taste, you will find here a little corner of paradise in which to experience your most beautiful day.

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio: the structure of the location

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is an impressive Baroque building located in the quiet Dorsoduro district. Despite its sober exterior, its interior conceals unique and richly decorated rooms.

Passing through the palace's entrance, characterised by numerous rigorously arranged single-lancet windows, you enter its luxurious interiors. These are rich, opulent and steeped in history and artistic works. The spacious halls house period furniture, large Murano glass chandeliers and, above all, priceless paintings and frescoes. 

At the rear of Palazzo Ca' Zenobio, however, romantic private garden branches off, embracing the complex. The building has an unusual U-shape, given by two arms branching off from the façade. One of them houses the palace's ancient library, in which texts collected by Armenian monks are preserved.

Among the most characteristic rooms, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio offers the beautiful Hall of Mirrors for events and weddings. This is the most important room in the complex, completely frescoed by the famous Louis Dorigny. On the walls you can admire mythology-related scenes, framed by stuccoes and gilded pediments. The real stars of the room, however, are the very tall mirrors within it, which provide extraordinary light plays.

Passing through a small archway embellished with elegant columns, one then enters the ancient Gallery. This space housed the orchestra during gala evenings organised by the Zenobio family. An antique grand piano, perfectly preserved and in perfect working order, can still be found inside.

Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is truly an elegant, rich and luxurious location to spend unforgettable moments with your loved ones. So if you are looking for a unique and intimate place in the heart of Venice, it will not disappoint.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palazzo Ca' Zenobio

  • Where is Palazzo Ca' Zenobio located? Palazzo Ca' Zenobio is located in the Dorsoduro sestiere, on the Fondamenta del Soccorso, in Venice.
  • Can I celebrate my wedding inside Palazzo Ca' Zenobio? Certainly. You can organise the shooting and reception inside the structure and in all the adjoining areas. It is also possible, upon request, to celebrate your religious ceremony inside the consecrated chapel.
  • Does Palazzo Ca' Zenobio have a restaurant? No, Palazzo Ca' Zenobio does not have a restaurant. If you do not have one, you can choose to entrust the catering service to one of the structure's trusted partners.
  • What events can be celebrated at Palazzo Ca' Zenobio? Inside Palazzo Ca' Zenobio it is possible to organise your most important celebrations. In fact, the structure is open for weddings and private parties. You can also rent the palace for photo, TV and film shoots. Finally, you can discover the complex's interior and garden by booking a guided tour.
  • Can Palazzo Ca' Zenobio host business meetings? Yes, the structure can host meetings, conventions and gala evenings. In fact, the complex offers the best technology to the organisers, for an event that is catered for down to the smallest detail.
  • Can I stay overnight in Palazzo Ca' Zenobio? Unfortunately, the palace does not have any accommodation or suites. However, you can find numerous hotels and flats to stay in in the vicinity of the building.

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