Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

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The Giorgio Cini Foundation, or just Cini Foundation, is a cultural foundation founded April 20, 1951 in memory of Count.HistoryThe Foundation is located in the former San Giorgio Monastery on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. The foundation was established by Vittorio Cini in memory of his son, Giorgio Cini, who died in an airplane accident near Cannes in 1949.Vittorio Cini had a long relationship with the Italian Fascist party, joining in 1926, and had occupied influential positions within government and industry throughout the decades of Benito Mussolini's rule. In early 1943 he was named to the Ministry of Communication, but soon resigned, publicly castigating the obvious dire state of the national situation. He joined the plotting against Mussolini, and with the Nazi occupation of Northern Italy, he was arrested by the SS and sent to the Dachau concentration camp. Transferred to a hospital, his son Giorgio was able to get him released by bribing officials with diamonds and jewellery. Giorgio would also lobby successfully against the elder Cini's legal exclusion from political activities, arguing that his final break with Mussolini mitigated his long years of collaboration.Purpose and collectionsPart of the original purpose of the Foundation was to rebuild the convent that had been destroyed by Napoleon and later used by the Austrian Army, then the Italian Army, and rehabilitate the island within the context of the cultural history of Venice. It now houses a historical library of about 15 000 volumes, an archive of manuscripts, and a collection concerning documents about history, music, theater and art. It is also a venue for exhibitions, concerts and meetings. As such it was a meeting place for the G7 meetings in 1980 and 1987.
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  • Belli on Botticelli and Piero della Francesca. View of three rooms, small but nice. In my opinion the entrance ticket price a little high (€10.00).
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  • The Foundation has restored the complex on the island of Saint George is famous and also organizes events at the highest level but I know especially for its extensive library of art history that is comprehensive resource for those interested.
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  • The Cini Foundation, housed in the former Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, is one of Italy's most important cultural institutions. You can visit the headquarters through a guided tour, which leads to the discovery of evocative ambience full of history. Beautiful and harmonious the Palladian Refectory, which housed the "wedding at Cana," Paolo Veronese's masterpiece in the Louvre by order of Napoleon Bonaparte. Extraordinary 17th-century library, designed by Baldassare Longhena, modern and functional that obtained in the ancient monastic dormitory. Suspended in time the two cloisters, the Palladium and the cypress trees. The highly symbolic the maze of Jorge Luis Borges.
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  • Best venue ever to hold a business conference
  • One of the liveliest and most important cultural centers of the city. Great central comparative music studies and initiatives. Concerts of the highest quality with free admission.
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  • I visited because of a corporate event. Really impressive!
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  • Unique in the world. A unique view of St. Mark's basin
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  • Wonderful place. Charming architecture and lovely grounds.
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