Cini Foundation


  • LOCATION: San Giorgio Maggiore

Cini Foundation is housed in the charming monastery of the Isle of San Giorgio in Venice.

Giorgio Cini Foundation is established in the monumental complex of the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in the homonym island facing St Mark's Basin. Created as an international cultural centre, the mission of the institution is to promote the redevelopment of the monumental complex on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and to encourage the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in its surrounding territory in collaboration with other existing initiatives in the city, like the Biennale, and other national and international institutions. The suggestive cloisters and buildings regularly hosts cultural exhibitions and concerts but also international congresses and important meetings. The monumental complex was abandoned at the end of the XVI century after the downfall of the Serenissima. After have been heavily damaged by nearly 150 years of military occupancy, in 1951 Vittorio Cini founded the Cini Foundation, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of reviving the island of San Giorgio in Venice. A massive restoration work has recovered the Library and the staircase of Longhena, the palladium cloister and the cypress cloister by Buora. More recently, the former dormitory of the benedictine Fathers has been restored and converted into the great Library of the so called “Manica Lunga”, an extraordinary multidisciplinary space created according to the latest and highest international standards of library economics. Also the rooms where Eleonora Duse slept have been restored hosting now a space dedicated to her memory.     The Giorgio Cini Foundation monumental complex is open to visitors thanks to guided tours. Guided tours will take place, without need of reservation, every Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. During weekdays, guided tours are for groups of at least 12 people, upon reservation. (+39 041 2201215  / ATTENTION: Guided tours are suspended when special events take place: please see the “timetable” section before organizing your visit.


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