In front of St. Mark’s square, San Giorgio Island hides a treasure. Just beside the eponymous St. George’s church, a big palace made of halls, stairs and cloisters hosts the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
Giorgio Cini was the son of the Vittorio, a famous businessman who founded this unconventional center in the ’50s after the early death of his son. The Foundation is composed of different sections which will guide you through modern and postmodern art, memories, or simply beautiful things to see. You can visit the photo gallery room (where for instance historical photos of pre-war Venice are exposed), the Glass Rooms in which the most important glass artists are represented in frequent exhibitions, and of course the famous Library which is a true jewel of architecture shaped in both a modern and ancient style. When you climb up to the terrace, you should take a look at the hedge Labyrinth which is shaped in the name of Borges, the famous writer.
Just outside the palace, stop for a while to enjoy the Tea House Mondrian, an open air architectural sculpture by the Japanese artist Sugimoto. All in all it’s just like a treasure hunt in the St. George Island.