In an atmosphere of ancient times, at our center you can find location for meetings concerning culture and hospitality inside an old monastery, restored and equipped with the latest technology. The Centre accommodates groups, individuals and families, and offers the opportunity to stay in a private and quiet place in the city centre of Venice, behind Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on Giudecca Canal.

The entire building develops around three cloisters of 18th century and one cloister of 15th century near our Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione. Thanks to its vastness, its architecture, its gardens, its silence, our Center is an oasis inside the town: here even the rooms tell and create an atmosphere, by raising emotions.


Will let you discover all the magic atmospheres,
the incredible artistic heritage
of the Cultural Center Don Orione Artigianelli
and the magic in Venice.


What’s on in Venice

October 03, 2016

From October 8th to November 27th 2016, we will host the exhibition "Rivus Altus" at Sala Tiziano by our Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli Dorsoduro 909/a.  To view sculptures by Alberto Giacometti and brothers Boga alongside a photographic project by Massimiliano Farina.

Photographic series together in an unprecedented way the panorama of Venice more known in the world: the view from the Rialto Bridge; Farina takes this heterogeneous size sensitive, capturing the eyes and actions of the people around him.

The items in the installation are a real added value thanks to the participation of The Boga Foundation: the series of sculptures "Homini" of Boga converses with the elements of the exhibition, materializing the relationship between visitors and the people.

As a tribute to the 50th from the death of Giacometti and in remembrance of his participation at the Venice Biennale of 1956, will present two of his works from the collection of The Boga Foundation. The eclectic creative Boga is a precious source of inspiration from the work of Giacometti.

The project "Rivus Altus" consists thus of two distinct elements, in continuous dialogue between them, the landscape and its observatories.

The exhibition is realized with the contribution of The Boga Foundation, sponsored by the city of Venice, IUAV University, communication by Vittorio Schieroni.

October 01, 2016

Autumn can be a wonderful time to visit Venice: the crowds of the summer have gone and Venice shows its more authentic version, the Venetians' everyday city, still plenty of things to see and do. In October, the first Sunday celebrates Festa del Mosto - the must from the harvesting of wine grapes - in Sant'Erasmo. Visitors can join the locals to taste the island’s best produce and specialities. 7-9 October is Garden festival a special occasion for walking in colourful fall red-gold-orange gardens, often closed to the public. Thousands of running entusiasts will run the Venicemarathon on 23rd October starting from Stra along the Riviera del Brenta, finish line at St.Mark's Square. Do not miss the Biennale Architettura (until November 27) and the 500 years of the Venice Ghetto, the new exbitions and the theatrical season (Check our Calendar of events). On 21st November  the Feast of Madonna della Salute is celebrated, with a temporary bridge over the Grand Canal to the Salute Church and special masses. It is a very Venetian feast. Even today, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to pay homage to the Virgin and to light a candle asking her to keep them in good health. The procession of believers passes stalls selling sweets, coloured balloons and toys. Special foods are prepared just for this day.

In the mainland, in the islands and in the historic centre a rich calendar of events for Le città in Festa-Autumn.

If you are looking for new perspectives so to discover the true soul of the city, autumn is the best choice.

September 05, 2016

From 2nd to September 30th 2016, during the XV Edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, The Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli is hosting a solo exhibition dedicated to the trentino artist Paolo Tait, curated by Roberta Semeraro and organized by the cultural association

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July 20, 2016

From 31st August to 10th September 2016 will be held the 73. Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera. The Festival is to promote knowledge and dissemination of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The exhibition organizes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards a better knowledge of the history of cinema.

For further information:

La Biennale di Venezia +39 041 5218711

May 27, 2016

In occasion of 15. International architecture exhibition-the Venice Biennale, was inaugurated, Friday May 27th, at 16.00 at our Center, the exhibition "EIRETAMA" of Brazilian designers Mameluca Studio. Artists, inspired by the unique tattoos and body paints of the Indians of the Amazon rainforest, which resemble the structure of the hives, have designed and built the original facilities for street furniture: benches, chairs, tables etc., all made from recycled materials such as old tires truck wheels. The setting is really impressive, our Cloister Don Orione was transformed into a piece of Brazilian forest: this is a sensory-emotional experience. Entering the porch you are greeted by the chirping of the budgies and colourful pictures of the Indians with the directions of the study carried out by designers to get to the execution of works that have been exhibited in the Central Garden enriched by plants and beach towels fluttering; These are the images of the forest trees and give off the scent of the forest itself, being sprayed every day from essential oil "Rainforest" came directly from there.