The palazzo exteriors are generally stunning, but is it a case of all show and no substance?  Certainly some have seen their magnificent interiors altered, neglected, or completely removed so that the inside doesn’t reflect the style on show outside.  My visit to Palazzo Grassi was a mixed blessing in this regard for its beautiful ceilings and marble floors were hidden by the art installations that I’d really gone to see, and every other great house was only visible from the outside.

But if you keep your eyes open, you might get the occasional hint…



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