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Correr Museum

Correr Museum: In Correr Museum on Saint Mark square, one of the most interesting museums of Venice, three routes of visit have been planned: the Neoclassical rooms, where sculptures by Canova are exposed, the Venetian Civilization itinerary (an interesting exhibit of symbols of the Venetian institutions and objects from daily life during the Age of the Republic) and the Ancient Art Collections with the picture gallery. Correr Museum’s collections are since 1922 housed in the Ala Napoleonica and partly in the Procuratie Nuove building on Saint Mark square. The Napoleon’s wing was built in the beginning of XIX century and was hosting the French and the Austrian royal courts during their visits to Venice.

Accademia Gallery Museum

Accademia Gallery of Venice, the most important picture gallery of the town, provides visitors with an overview on Venetian painting, from Middle Age to XVIII century. Masterpieces by the main Venetian artists, such as Bellini, Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Veronese, can be admired here, also because many of their works were moved to Accademia Gallery after churches or convents where they used to stay had been suppressed and closed by Napoleon in early XIX century. The buildings which nowadays host Accademia Gallery had the same destiny: Accademia museum is housed by the former church and Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità and by the convent of Canonici Lateranensi.

Basilica of St Mark

Saint Mark’s Basilica is a monument made unique by both its wealth of history and the magnificence of its façade and interior. In essence, it is a splendid workshop, where, through the centuries, worked great Italian and European artists. Its distinguishing Byzantine character appears particularly on the great mosaics illustrating St. Marco’s tales, as well as the scenes of the Old and New Testament. Venice’s greatness has always been reflected in the Basilica’s enrichment: during the centuries the Venetians embellished it with precious objects and works of art brought in from the most distant places, thus creating a grand, compact monument.

Doge's Palace

Doge’s Palace: Until 1797, the Doges ruled the Venetian Empire and the Palazzo Ducale was where they ruled from. A Venetian Gothic fantasy palace, it was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at Saint Mark’s Square. The Doges lived here and the government offices were also in this building. Justice was meted out here and the Golden Book, listing all the important families of Venice, was housed here. No one whose family was not in the Golden Book would ever be made Doge. It was an extremely political process ruling Venice and residents could accuse others of wrong doing by anonymously slipping a note into the Mouth of Truth.

Punta Della Dogana Museum

The Punta della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art in its triangular shape divides the Guidecca Canal and the Grand Canal in Venice. Formerly a customs house and primary port of Venice, the Punta della Dogana Museum exhibits artworks from the Francois Pinault Foundation, known as Palazzo Grassi, which is arguably the largest collection of contemporary art in the world.