Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo
A five-minute walk from the Rialto Market, down winding streets, small campos, and alleyways, is the Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo. Restored and expanded in 2013, the museum is a window on to the lives of 17th- and 18th-century Venetian nobles: how they dressed, how they decorated their homes, and so on. Mannequins are dressed in ancient period garments, the craftsmanship of which is stunningly detailed and lavish. You can closely examine the fabulous embroidery, lacework, and rich fabrics that the Venetians were so famous for, and get a good sense of how extravagant life in the Republic used to be. The expanded areas, five rooms of the Palazzo, are home to an exhibition on perfume making in Venice
, an aspect of Venetian life that, until recently, has largely been unexplored.