500 Years of Venetian Painting (Accademia) Tour

Itinerary Details

The world famous Gallerie dell’Accademia Museum is an absolutely unmissable experience during your visit in Venice, and it provides the rare opportunity to see how Venetian art evolved from the 14th to the 18th century.

The museum is housed in three old religious buildings - the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità built in 1344,  the next door church of the Carità, and the Convento della Carità, a monastery begun in 1561 and never completed. These three buildings became the Academy in 1807. The galleries of this museum are by far the most complete collection of Venetian paintings available in one location, and represent a large collection of works of art removed, on the orders of Napoleon, from many churches and public buildings in Venice and the Veneto Region. 

There’s a lot to see in these 24 rooms, from Paolo Veneziano’s jewel-like altar pieces, through the enchanting tales of Gentile Bellini and Carpaccio, to the Golden Age of Giorgione. Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, then the 18th century final "explosion" of Tiepolo and Canaletto. These artists will influence the whole history of European painting.

You will learn to see the world through Venetian eyes, as an enchanting land of radiant colors, where man and nature, spirit and senses are glowing forever in splendid harmony.