The "Palazzo"



At the feet of "Mendicanti" bridge, on the "Fondamenta Nuove" of the Cannaregio District, you can find the seventeenth century's palazzo Merati-Berlendis, listed among national monuments of Italy, that still preserves a rich and elegant stuccowork, made by Abbondio Stazio e Carpoforo Tencalla, sculptors from Ticino.

The transformation of the palazzo are high-lightened by engravings and by the paintings by Lovisia, Carlevaris, Canaletto and Guardi. Mid 1700 the palazzo is enlarged toward the Berlendis Court with the construction of a road-bridge across Calle Berlendis to create an access to the garden of the Palazzo.

In the Palazzo lived: the bishop Pasquinelli, brother in law of Camillo Berlendis; the German writer Friedrich Nietsche, during four years in which he wrote some of his most important works like some passages of "Also sprach Zarathustra".-