The palace, built in 1453 at the behest of Doge Francesco Foscari, is now the seat of the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice.

It is located "in the vault of the Canal", the widest bend of the Grand Canal and enjoys an extraordinary view that extends from the Rialto bridge to the Charity complex. It is one of the most elegant examples of Venetian Gothic. It was the residence of the Doge and his family. The building not only had an exclusive and private function but acquired a public dimension of great prestige. Among the important "foreign" guests who came to Ca 'Foscari, we remember illustrious kings such as Frederick IV, king of Denmark who in 1709 attended a regatta on the Grand Canal from a crystal balcony. Even today, every first Sunday in September, the building hosts the major Venetian authorities who attend the Historical Regatta from the "machina", a floating structure built in front of the water gate. Here is the final goal of the race and the award ceremony takes place.

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