Close to Ponte dell’Accademia, one of the four bridges crossing the canal grande, there is an occupied building, abandoned for years and ex-property of Ca’ Foscari university.
This palace is called Ca’ Bembo and an organization occupied it to stop it from being sold to become a new hotel. It has one of the very few free gardens in Venice, and it is a destination for lots of people for different reasons.
The organization has made many changes; the house of the palace’s ex-keeper, for instance, was converted into a recording room built by recycled material. Inside the palace there are three study rooms and a library, while just outside there is a nice garden, surrounded by high walls and other buildings that make it look like a secret garden.
Every time I come here I find mothers and their children, students, improvising musicians, artists and more; it’s easy to discuss and have fun with random people. During the Biennale Ca’ Bembo even becomes an exhibition space, and generally it is possible to plan conferences, movie projections, little concerts and cultural dates. There are also aperitifs and classes in different languages
Ca’ Bembo is a reference point of the city, it is open to everybody and it offers its spaces asking back only respect and collaboration. If you need a rest from a hard day chillin’ a bit under the trees Ca’ Bembo will welcome you!