The view from the Academy bridge is simply a postcard: the lagoon and a part of Venice skyline with the stunning Salute Church. After admiring the beautiful landscape and taking a photo, if you look on the right you will notice a mustard coloured and neo Gothic palace with an amazing garden: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti.
This palace, built in the ‘400s on the Grand Canal and renovated in the ‘800s, is nowadays property of the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts which organizes daily events or long term exhibitions.
If I’m wandering close to Campo Santo Stefano I always take the chance to visit the Palace. Actually there are three different gates: one from the Canal (private access), one from Campo Santo Stefano and the last one from Campo San Vidal. Even if there are no events or exhibitions (on the odd occasion) you can enter and visit some rooms.
It would be a good opportunity to get an idea of what a Venetian Palace looks like.