A key player in the art world of the mid-20th century, Peggy Guggenheim discovered, collected and promoted the works of countless European and American artists, most notably Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel DuChamp and Jackson Pollock. She spent the last decades of her life in Venice, and turned her extensive collection into an art museum which, today, is among the city’s top attractions. The collection is a must-visit for lovers of modern art, and Guggenheim’s graceful villa and sculpture gardens are a delight in themselves.
Time Out tip: Peggy Guggenheim was a colorful figure whose lifestyle flouted convention. Every day at noon and 4 pm, the museum offers a free presentation about her life and how she amassed her collection.
Corner Pub: For a quick drink and a snack in a cute, tiny joint
Ai Gondolieri: For a celebrated meat dishes in a city famous for its seafood
Santa Maria della Salute: For a close-up look at Titian masterpieces and Venice’s best-loved dome