1 1 1 1 Venice Secrets Crime & Justice Palazzo Zaguri housed some of the most prestigious Venetian families over the centuries. The first records date back to 1353, when it was partly sold to the Cavallo family. Among the most important owners during the 15th century there were rich silk merchants belonging to the Pasqualini family portrayed by the greatest painters of all time: from Giorgione to Antonello da Messina. Palazzo Zaguri hosted sumptuous feasts which saw the participation of aristocrats and rulers. The Priuli family, related to Doge Andrea Vendramin and the secretary of the dreaded Council of Ten, Pietro Pellegrini, later purchased part of the palace. Pietro's father was a well-known collector: he brought over thirty statues to the palace and commissioned works from local artists including Alessandro Vittoria (Trento 1525 - Venice 1608) who produced a bust now housed in the Vicenza Civic Museum. Tintoretto himself depicted members of the Priuli family. Later the palace was bought by the Zaguri family. Among the last members of the family there was Peter I (1733-1806) who designed and financed the facade of the Church of San Maurizio and was a friend and protector of Giacomo Casanova and Lorenzo Da Ponte, both of whom stayed at Ca’ Zaguri. In the 18th century, on the ground floor of the building, spaces were rented for such activities as coffee shops, trendy zingy drinks, the sale of tobacco and spices (pharmacies). The venue of the Congregation of Vicenza and subsequently the seat of a school, the building was abandoned in time. After an important restoration it is now an important exhibition venue. Venice Secrets - Crime & Justice aims to promote the history of the Republic of Venice through the theme of its criminal justice. A unique exhibition, set up in a gothic palace recently restored with original finds, instruments of death and torture, original judicial acts exposed for the first time, telling the public how the Serenissima Republic applied justice, in a severe manner and with certain - even if at times cruel - penalties in the historical period that goes from the 13th to the 18th century. Suggestive sets, testimonies and unpublished documents, death machines, real plastinated bodies are just some of the elements that contribute to make Venice Secrets a unique exhibition of its kind rich in mysteries, secrets, death and darkness. The tour itinerary develops into four thematic sections which are respectively: First Section - Third Floor - Justice and Torture (rooms 1-12); Second Section - Attic - Prisons and Prisoners (rooms 1-4); Third Section - Second Floor - Rite of Executions (rooms 1-12); Section four - First floor - Inquisition and Holy Office (rooms 1-7).   Hours From March 31st 2018, every day from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. (last entrance at 8.00 p.m.) Contacts Venice Secrets Crime & Justice
Palazzo Zaguri
Campo San Maurizio, Venezia
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