Hallowed as the place of Richard Wagner's death and today's Venice's most glamorous casino, this magnficent edifice found its fame centuries before: Venetian star architect Mauro Codussi (1440–1504) essentially invented Venetian Renaissance architecture with this design. Built for the Loredan family around 1500, Codussi's palace married the fortress-like design of the Florentine Alberti's Palazzo Ruccelai with the lightness and delicacy of Venetian Gothic. Note how Codussi
beautifully exploits the flickering light of Venetian waterways to play across the building's façade and to pour in through the generous windows. Famously, the great German composer Richard Wagner ended his days in an apartment in the rebuilt garden wing of the palazzo. Today, the palazzo itself houses the Casino di Venezia, but even if you are not interested in gambling, you should pay a call to view some of the most sumptuous salons in Venice.
Cannaregio 2040, Venice, 30121, Italy
041-5297111; 338-4164174-Sala di Wagner tours