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Venice Italy Arts and Museums

Venice is proud to host innumerate treasures of art and architecture. In fact, almost every building is a museum itself.

Basilica San Marco, a splendid building combining Gothic, Oriental and Byzantian influences, possesses precious church treasures, among which the famous Pala d’Oro – gold relief with jewels. Ca' Rezzonico (the 18th century Venice Museum) hosts many tapestries, lacquerwork and armchairs typical of the 18th century and many works by Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera, Giambattista Tiepolo and Francesco Guardi.

Palazzo Ducale Piazzetta San Marco is the ancient edifice of the government and law courts; Doges' residence from the 9th century to the fall of the Serenissima Republic. It features important works of art, guided tours on the secret chambers, where Venetian aristocrats decided the fate of the state, can be organized on request.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection  in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, is the former residence of the patroness of arts Peggy Guggenheim. Masterpieces by representatives of the main 20th-century art currents and avant-garde movements include the works of Dali, Chagall, Pollock. It is considered one of the richest modern art collections.

Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco, is the city museum and historical Risorgimento museum. Overview of the old Venetian Serenissima Republic and of Venetian painting from its origins to today. Galleria Franchetti - Ca' d'Oro is located in a beautiful Gothic bulding, one of the most picturesque in Venice. Baron Franchetti's art collection includes sculptures, bronzes, paintings by Mantegna, Giorgione, Tiziano, Guardi; Flemish and Dutch art.

Museo Orientale Ca' Pesaro displays the collections of oriental art and culture: fabrics, clothing, armors, porcelains. Museo Archeologico showcases Greek-Roman, Egyptian and Assyrian-Babylonian antiquities, cameos and precious stones. Palazzo Mocenigo, a 18th century aristocratic residence, features collection of dresses and accessories, fabrics, books and figurines in various period costumes. It serves as the Centre for the Study of History of Fabrics and Dresses Library.

Museo Storico Navale reveals the history of Mediterranean navigation, displays miniature models, Arsenale shipyard remembrances, collection of uniforms and standards. Glass Museum in Murano shows the history of unique local glassblowing craft and amazing glass figures and jewellery. Burano Lacemaking school/Scuola di Merletti presents the history of lacemaking and numerous samples.

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