Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707 and went on to become one of the Italy's most important playwrights. He spent many years living and working in Paris, where he died in 1793. Ca' Centani, the 15th-century gothic palace acquired by Goldoni's paternal grandfather was home to Carlo until 1719. After World War II, Ca' Centani (or Casa di Carlo Goldoni), was restored and became a museum and a center for theater studies. The restored gothic architectural details of the palazzo are stunning, and the museum also has an impressive collection of antique Italian marionettes.