Venice: art and culture

A glimpse of St. Mark's Square, Venice, in the evening

Venice is a city with an immense heritage of art and culture. It is impossible to mention all the attractions and monuments. This brief guide is hardly exhaustive, but we will try to list the main points of interest to help you create your itinerary.

For art enthusiasts, we suggest visiting the Gallerie dell’Accademia, located in the Dorsoduro district, which hosts leading Venetian and Veneto artists who lived between 14th and 18th century, including Giorgione, Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tintoretto and Titian. The Guggenheim Collection, located in Palazzo Vernier dei Leoni, once the private apartment of Peggy Guggenheim, houses the works of some of the greatest European and American artists of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Duchamp, Kandinsky, De Chirico, Dalì and Pollock.

If, on the other hand, you are more interested in the sea, don't miss the Naval History Museum, where you can see exhibits relating to the seafaring history of the Serenissima, various items of period equipment and typical boats from Venetian lagoon, including gondolas.

Lastly, don't miss an opportunity to visit a casino. In the past, gambling was a popular Venetian pastime and signs of its history can still be seen today. Casino Vernier is without doubt one of the most fascinating of the surviving casinos in Italy, and is open to the public. Not only can you sit down and try your luck, you can also take part in cultural initiatives and cinematographic events.

For those who can afford it, a romantic ride in a gondola is the perfect ending to your trip.

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