""Il ridotto della Procuratoressa Venier." It's just behind San Marco.'"

Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) is the main public square in Venice, Italy. It is dominated at one end by the cathedral church known as St Mark's Basilica.

A ridotto, or casino, was a small house or apartment which was used by 18th century Venetian nobility to eat, entertain, relax and gamble. The Procuratoressa Venier was Elena Priuli, wife of the 'procurator' Federico Venier who owned the Casino Venier. Since 1987, the Casino Venier has been the headquarters of the Alliance française in Venice.

 

Interior of the Casino Venier (2008)
Creative Commons AttributionInterior of the Casino Venier (2008) - Credit: Geraud

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