Probably the most famous landmark in Venice. Doges palace was turned into museum in 1923. This amazing building is more than 1000 years old. This is the most important museum in Venice. There are several areas that you have to see when you visit Doge’s palace. My advice is to reserve enough time to see this museum as it will give you the best insight into history of Venice. Before you even enter, study the exterior as it is the best example of Venetian gothic. What you need to see:
- Courtyard with view of Basilica San Marco
- Museo dell’Opera
- Doges apartments
- Institutional chambers
- Old prison (Piombi)
- Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons
ADDRESS: Doge’s Palace Piazzetta San Marco
If Doge’s Palace is number 1 museum in Venice Accademia Gallery is definitely number 2. This is the biggest collection of Venitian paintings ranging from 14th to 18th century. As in case of Doge’s palace make sure to have enough time for Accademia. This is amazing place and home to masterpieces by : Giovanni Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese and Titian. If you want to know more read this post: Accademia Gallery Venice
ADDRESS: Gallerie dell’Accademia 1050 Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro
WEBSITE: Gallerie Accademia
Museo Correr is located directly on St. Mark’s Square. History of this museum is closely linked with Napoleons conquest of Venice and with passionate collector Teodoro Correr. After the fall of the Republic in 1797 many artworks and collections were sold off. This enabled him to build an extrarordinary collection. Correr collected items in his family pallazo at San Zan Degolà. Finally he donated the collection to the city of Venice under condition that it be organised as a public museum.
ADDRESS: Museo Civico Correr – Piazza San Marco 52
One of the most beautiful buildings on the Grand Canal and must visit stop in Venice, Ca’ Rezzonico is now a museum dedicated to 18th century Venice. This palazzo was designed by famous architect Baldassare Longhena and is considered to be the finest example of baroque in Venice. Why you need to visit this museum? It will give you a great insight into life of Venice in 18th century. This was pinnacle of the old Republic and age of splendor, decadence and great art. In case you want to know more read this post: Ca’ Rezzonico.
ADDRESS: Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del ‘700 Veneziano – Fondamenta Rezzonico 3136, Dorsoduro
Ca’ d’Oro or “Golden house” faces the Grand Canal and represents one of the best examples of Venetian flower gothic. This is my favorite building in the city. This palazzo boasts probably the most impressive facade in the city, and it used to be even more impressive ( facade used to be gilt-covered ). Ca’ d’Oro is currently home to Galleria Giorgio Franchetti. If you want to know more about Ca’ d’Oro read this post: Ca’ d’Oro ( Galleria Giorgio Franchetti ).
ADDRESS: Ca’ D’Oro – Galleria Giorgio Franchetti. 3932 Calle Ca d’Oro/Strada Nuova, Cannaregio
WEBSITE: Ca’ d’Oro
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Peggy Guggenheim museum is one of Europe’s most important modern art museums. Museum is located in Dorsoduro sestiere and overlooks the Grand Canal. Collection includes Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. If you visit the museum make sure to see Marini’s Man on Horse statue in the courtyard.
ADDRESS: Calle San Cristoforo, San Gregorio 701, Dorsoduro