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Basilica di San Marco

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. In the Middle Ages...

San Marco
FreeMajor venue

Ca' d'Oro (Galleria Franchetti)

Attractions, Museums

In its 15th-century heyday, the façade of this pretty townhouse on the Grand Canal must have looked a psychedelic treat: the colour scheme was light blue...

Cannaregio 3932

Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

Art, Attractions, Museums

This grandiose palazzo was built in the second half of the 17th century for the Pesaro family, to a project by Baldassare Longhena. When Longhena died in...

Santa Croce 2076

Ca' Pesaro - Museo Orientale


If Japanese art and weaponry of the Edo period (1600-1868) are your thing, you'll love this eclectic collection, put together by Count Enrico di Borbone - a...

Santa Croce 2070

Ca' Rezzonico (Museo del Settecento Veneziano)

Art, Museums

The Museum of 18th-century Venice is a gleaming (if somewhat chilly) showcase for the art of the Republic's twilight years. For most visitors, the paintings...

Dorsoduro 3136

Casa di Carlo Goldoni

Attractions, Museums

Officially the Casa di Goldoni e Biblioteca di Studi Teatrali (Goldoni's House and Library of Theatre Studies), this museum is really for specialists,...

San Polo 2794

Fondazione Vedova

Art, Museums

A selection of works by Venetian artist Emilio Vedova (1919-2006) is now housed in a stunning new gallery, designed by Renzo Piano, in the Magazzini del...

Dorsoduro 46

Galleria Cini

Art, Museums

This collection of Ferrarese and Tuscan art was put together by industrialist Vittorio Cini, who created the Fondazione Cini on the island of San Giorgio...

Dorsoduro 864

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The Accademia is the essential one-stop shop for Venetian painting, and one of the world's greatest art treasure houses. At the time of writing - and...

Dorsoduro 1050
Major venue

Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana & Museo Archeologico

Attractions, Museums

Museo Correr The Museo Correr is Venice's civic museum, dedicated to the history of the Republic. Based on the private collection of Venetian nobleman...

San Marco 52

Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Art, Attractions, Museums

This Renaissance palazzo and its art collection were bequeathed to Venice by Giovanni Querini, a 19th-century scientist, man of letters and silk producer...

Castello 5252

Museo della Musica


This small museum, set up in the ex-church of San Maurizio, is run by the Rivoalto recording company. Serving partly as a sales and promotion outlet, the...

San Marco 2601
Tags: Music

Museo dell'Arte Vetrario


Housed in beautiful Palazzo Giustinian, built in the late 17th century for the bishop of Torcello, the museum has a huge collection of Murano glass. As well...

Fondamenta Giustinian 8

Museo dell'Istituto Ellenico

Attractions, Museums

The adjacent church of San Giorgio dei Greci was a focal point for the Greek community, which was swollen by refugees after the Turkish capture of...

Castello 3412

Museo di Storia Naturale


This museum has long been undergoing very leisurely restoration. Just two rooms are open to the public. It is housed in the Fondaco dei Turchi, a...

Santa Croce 1730
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