Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice

Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice (must see)

A huge building just before the Rialto bridge, Fondaco dei Tedeschi was once headquarters of the city’s German merchants. The German traders were the most powerful foreign grouping in the city, and as early as 1228 they were leased a building on this central site. After its destruction in a fire, the Fondaco's reconstruction between 1505 and 1508 has produced a very functional 4-floor building which surrounds a grand inner courtyard. Architecturally, it is typical of the Italian Renaissance style, but the basic concept (and the word 'fondaco' itself) is derived from a type of building in Arab countries. Just like Fondaco dei Turchi, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi was a palazzo, a warehouse, and a restricted living quarters for its population, in this case mainly Germanic merchants from cities such as Nuremberg, Judenburg, and Augsburg.

Nowadays, it is one of the largest, most well-refurbished shopping centers selling high-end luxury items. Unsurprisingly so, the prices here are pretty steep, but the place is always full of tourists hanging around and chatting.

Don’t let the number of tourists put you off, because the rooftop views will blow you away. The 4th-floor Event Pavilion is an exhibition space where you have free access to the roof terrace providing one of the best panoramas of the Grand Canal as well as a downward view of the Rialto bridge. In addition, you can see the top of San Marco's Basilica some 1,000 meters or so away – quite a different perspective from being at ground level.

Tip:
During the day you may need to pause to collect a free, timed ticket at the 4th floor, which keeps numbers manageable. A good piece of advice, therefore, would be to go the top floor, pick your ticket and in the meantime you can enjoy the shopping mall. Alternately, you could go onto the Fondaco's website, book your time slot, then show the security guard at the pavilion's entrance your code which you get by email when booking. If you can catch the sunset at the end of an afternoon, your efforts will be well rewarded.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Fondaco dei Tedeschi on Map

Sight Name: Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour   Titian's Tour   Grand Canal Walking Tour  

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