Accademia Galleries

A collection of masterpieces of Venetian painting from the 15th to 18th centuries.

TravelCurious Tip

The Accademia is deceptively large, and many visitors linger in the early rooms at the expense of the 17th and 18th century works housed in the later rooms – pace yourself!

If you’re looking something a little more traditional than the art than can be found in the nearby Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Gallerie dell’Accademia is the place to go. Located on the south Bank of the Grand Canal, the gallery showcases art produced prior to the 19th century. Founded in 1807 on the orders of Napoleon, it also has the distinction of being one of the first institutions worldwide to begin formally and methodically developing the process of art restoration.

A Visual Feast

The 24 rooms of the Accademia proceed in approximately chronological order. Things get off to a dramatic start in Room 1, where you can see a lively painting of the whore of Babylon riding a hydra while blood streams from her mouth. Exploring further, you will pass some beautiful pieces by the Venetian masters Bellini and Carpaccio in Room 2, and a large, strikingly contrasted painting of a muscular John the Baptist by Titian in Room 6. Rooms 12-19 are often used for expertly-curated temporary exhibitions, while Room 20 contains a magnificent cycle of works by Carpaccio, including “Cure of a lunatic” and “The Story of St. Ursula”. Don’t miss the relatively rare opportunity to see a large-scale collaboration piece in Room 24 – a large triptych by Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni d’Alemagna, hanging next to Titian’s “Presentation of the Virgin”.

Nearby Attractions

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection
This world-class waterfront museum features the work of world famous artists including Dalí, Picasso and Magritte.
Ca’ Rezzonico
This lavishly decorated palazzo houses impressive paintings, sculptures and glassware, preserving the past grandeur of Venetian patrician families.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Named after the city’s protector against the devastation of plague, San Rocco is home to marvellous Tintoretto paintings.
Grimani Palace
A 16th century Renaissance-style palace, housing works of art, ceiling frescoes and restored chambers.
Accademia Bridge
A beautiful wooden bridge, one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal
Punta della Dogana
Art museum housed in the old customs building

Related Tours

Private Venice Museums Tour inc Tickets - Accademia Galleries and Peggy Guggenheim Collection
This tour is ideal for all art enthusiasts and culture vultures, inviting you to explore both Accademia Galleries and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of Venetian art history.

Accademia Galleries

Including a visit to two of the most celebrated museums in Venice, this tour will certainly feed your passion. Home to the best examples of Venetian painting dating from the 13th to the 18th century, the celebrated  tells the story of the beautiful city of Venice through the eyes of world-famous masters that include – and are not limited to - Tiziano, Veronese and Tintoretto. Bringing together a copious amount of stupendous artworks in one single location, this gallery will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Guggenheim Collection

We’ll conclude our tour with a visit to the marvellous Peggy Guggenheim Collection. One of the most famous attractions in the Serenissima, this modern art museum features the work of De Chirico, Dalí, Picasso and Magritte. Originally the Venetian residence of the American Jewish art collector Peggy Guggenheim, this wonderful palazzo is now considered one of Europe’s most prominent modern art centres. 


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