The city of 120 Bulldogs was not chosen by chance by George Cloony to be the setting for their marriage liaison. A romantic city like few, which transports the traveler who crosses its canals to the eighteenth century, to the time when Casanova jumped from rooftop to rooftop, visiting his loved ones. The constant purring of the water, along with the frequent passage of the gondoliers, means that walking through its old streets and crossing its 455 bridges, leave us an unforgettable memory in our memory. And is that without a doubt, Venice is one of the cities that every traveler should know and experience at least once in his life.
There are many places that we can not miss in La Serenissima, nickname that receives the city, such as the Piazzale Roma, accessible from the Liberty Bridge that connects the heart of the city with the peninsula, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses The Grand Canal. The famous Ponte dei Sospiri, in Spanish called the Bridge of Sighs, which was the place where the prisoners last saw the sky and the sea, the controversial Bridge of the Constitution, or also known as the Bridge of Calatrava, by its author , As well as the emblematic Plaza de San Marcos, it is essential to have a coffee in its terraces while one enjoys the details of the Basilica in front and classical music playing in the background.
There are many things we have to do in the city where the Mostra is to be found, such as buying a carnival mask in one of the shops and stalls we will find at every step. Like the one at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, inside and where we can see an artist make them as he did for the film Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Another obligation of the tourist is to enjoy the food, its pasta and its pizzas. And until now, an indispensable task was to walk the canals in one of the tourist gondolas. But now we have a new Venetian experience that we can not leave behind. And it is to enjoy a unique opera in Musica a Palazzo.
Musica a Palazzo, the privilege of living the opera from inside
Can you imagine one night in a beautiful and majestic palace in the heart of Venice? Imagine it with period decoration, with works by the greatest artists of the Venetian baroque, surrounded by frescos, stuccos and original pieces of furniture, which adorns its rooms of high ceilings and big windows, overlooking the Grand Canal, while the night Takes possession of the city and the magic of the island is filtered through its walls. What if we also add a set of strings and piano formed by virtuosos who have played in the most important concert halls on the planet? No doubt we have a dream scenario to which we can still add one more ingredient, a cast of the most sublime voices of the opera scene, which a meter away, will delight us with a show that no assistant will forget. And this, and much more, is what Musica offers us to Palazzo.
Next to one of the canals and near Piazza San Marco, we crossed an arcade to enter the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, which is in charge of hosting this show. From the street that leads to the entrance of the building, to the inner courtyard, which we find when crossing the entrance as the stairs leading to the first floor, makes the experience special, and makes us feel as if we were The same Dux of the Republic of Venice.
Inside, if we attend, for example, El Barbero de Sevilla, we can be sitting on the stage while Figaro makes his triumphant entry and sings for us, a few inches while he looks at us in the face. A feeling impossible to achieve in any great theater. For the more timid spectators the room has more distant chairs, but it should not be in tension, since the participation of the actors with the public is just to be fun and not annoying in any moment.
Each event is held in a different room of the Palace, each one with a different decoration and structure. If in one act you have sat down in front, now you may feel behind, be quick to choose the best places among those who are free. There is a 10-minute break in which they offer free champagne, wine, soft drinks and water while enjoying a pleasant lounge through which we can appreciate how the night lights are invading the Grand Canal and the surrounding buildings.
If Italian is not our strong point we can get the libretto of the opera in English and Italian so that we do not lose any details of the telenovela of the time and let us know if Rosina will or will not end up with her beloved and if Figaro will achieve its goal.
Depending on the day of the week we can enjoy one of the following works: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, on Wednesday and Sunday of the Barber of Seville by Rossini, on Fridays another work by Verdi, Rigoletto and Tuesday Duetti D’Amore offers a selection of the best duets and instrumental pieces of the repertoire of opera and chamber music
It is recommended to go well dressed, remember to go to a Venetian palace, not to go around in a gondola with four tourists in the sun.
It is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive leisure and culture experiences that we can enjoy and although surprising, its price is less than an hour in gondola, so if our budget is adjusted, we recommend watching the channels from a vaporettos and devote The money not spent to an unforgettable and romantic evening.
To attend you must reserve your tickets on the Musica a Palazzo website, where you can see a map with the exact location and all the contact information.