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Gallerie dell'Accademia

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The viewable collection of lagoon-city masters, including Paolo Veneziano, Mantegna, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto, doesn't disappoint. — Concierge

The greatest collection of Venetian paintings in the world hangs in these galleries founded by Napoleon back in 1807. — Fodor's

Now incorporating a building designed by Andrea Palladio, in addition to its former space, the impressive haul includes works by such top names as Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto, and Titian. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Accademia is the essential one-stop shop for Venetian painting, and one of the world's greatest art treasure houses. — Time Out

One of the highlights of Venice, a magnificent collection of European art and especially Venetian painting from the 14th to the 18th century. — Frommer's

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Sestiere di San Polo & Santa Croce (Santa Crose) 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Against the shadowy backdrop of the Black Death, eerie lightning-bolt illumination strikes Tintoretto's subjects in New Testament wall scenes. — Lonely Planet

The vast sala superiore (top floor hall), with artworks covering almost all the wall and ceiling space, is one of the most incredible sights in Venice. — Travel + Leisure

Preserved primarily as an art museum housing small rooms of fine ceramics and ancient gold, the lush painted walls and ceilings of the main room on the second floor really win the graffiti contest. — Let's Go

San Rocco is bold and dramatic outside, its contents are even more stunning—a series of more than 60 paintings by Tintoretto. — Fodor's

Pick up the free leaflet and follow the order in which the impressionistic 16th-century genius carried out the work by beginning upstairs, in the Sala dell'Albergo. — The Telegraph

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This choice selection of 20th-century painting and sculpture represents the taste and extraordinary style of the late heiress Peggy Guggenheim. — Fodor's

You'll feel like a Guggenheim as you take in the heiress's vast inventory of paintings and sculptures while wandering through her former palazzo on the Grand Canal. — Travel + Leisure

One of the best museums in Italy when it comes to American and European art of the 20th century. — Frommer's

A true treasure of Venice, thanks to its collection of powerhouse works by the likes of Picasso, Kandinsky, and Rothko. — Condé Nast Traveler

After tragically losing her father on the Titanic, heiress Peggy Guggenheim befriended Dadaists, dodged Nazis and changed art history at her palatial home on the Grand Canal. — Lonely Planet

Museo Correr

Sestiere di San Marco 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Want to get the most out of your experience in Piazza San Marco? Museo Correr is a little-known gem on the southern side of the square. — Afar Magazine

Enthralling and dense, this museum recounts the history of Venice. — Michelin Guide

Napoleon filled his royal digs over Piazza San Marco with the riches of the doges, and took some of Venice's finest heirlooms to France as trophies. — Lonely Planet

This museum... is no match for the Accademia but does include some interesting paintings. — Frommer's

This museum of Venetian art and history contains an important sculpture collection by Antonio Canova and important paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio. — Fodor's

Ca' d'Oro

Venice 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This delicate, floral, Gothic creation is stunning, both in terms of its façade and what lies within. — Michelin Guide

The flamboyant Gothic flourishes of this glorious 15th-century Grand Canal palazzo somehow distil the essence of Venice — The Telegraph

Along the Grand Canal, you can’t miss 15th-century Ca’ d’Oro's lacy arcaded Gothic facade , resplendent even without the original gold-leaf details that gave the palace its name. — Lonely Planet

The 15th-century Ca' d'Oro is one of the best preserved and most impressive of the hundreds of palazzi lining the Grand Canal. — Frommer's

The vaporetto is the best way to the see the Grand Canal, to take in its famous palazzi in one great swoop. — Afar Magazine

San Giorgio Maggiore

Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is not on the main tourist circuit and this is part of its charm. — Michelin Guide

This church sits on the little island of San Giorgio Maggiore... two epic paintings by an elderly Tintoretto,. — Frommer's

There's been a church on this island since the 8th century, with a Benedictine monastery added in the 10th century. — Fodor's

Solar eclipses are only marginally more dazzling than Palladio's white Istrian marble facade. — Lonely Planet

This unique spot cried out for a masterpiece. Palladio provided it. — Time Out

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Sestiere di Cannaregio 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The small and exceedingly attractive 15th-century Miracoli has one side of its precious polychrome-marbled facade running alongside a canal. — Frommer's

When Nicolò di Pietro’s Madonna icon started miraculously weeping in its outdoor shrine around 1480, crowd control became impossible in this cramped corner of Cannaregio. — Lonely Planet

One of the earliest and best examples of Renaissance art in Venice. — Michelin Guide

Tiny yet harmoniously proportioned, this Renaissance gem, built between 1481 and 1489, is sheathed in marble and decorated inside with exquisite marble reliefs. — Fodor's

Arguably one of the most exquisite churches in the world, Santa Maria dei Miracoli was built in the 1480s to house a miraculous image of the Madonna. — Time Out

Punta della Dogana

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Venice's historic customs house has been converted into a Centre of Contemporary Art by Japanese architect Tadao Ando — Michelin Guide

Here massive installations address deeply personal fixations, including Chen Zhen’s pure crystal versions of his diseased internal organs. — Lonely Planet

An engaging showcase for the contemporary art collection of French multi-millionaire François Pinault. — Frommer's

Large, airy, light-filled galleries that resulted show off impressive work by... artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. — Condé Nast Traveler

Funded by the billionaire who owns Christie's Auction House, the François Pinault Foundation had Japanese architect Tadao Ando redesign this fabled customs house. — Fodor's

St Mark's Basilica

Sestiere di San Marco 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. — Time Out

The brick basilica is clad in patchworks of marbles and reliefs from Syria, Egypt and Palestine – priceless trophies from Crusades conquests and battles with Genoa. — Lonely Planet

On the top of every first-time Venice visitor's must-see list, this Byzantine cathedral never fails to impress. — Condé Nast Traveler

Entering St. Mark's Square from its western end and suddenly confronting this glittering, magnificent Byzantine cathedral has been the oh-wow moment for countless Venice visitors. — Concierge

The facade of Saint Mark's Basilica is superb, the interior will leave you in awe. — Michelin Guide

Teatro La Fenice

Sestiere di San Marco 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The opera is not most students’ idea of nightlife, but if you love shrilling arias, the tuxedo life, and €250+ tickets, go right ahead. — Let's Go

Book tickets for the recently restored 1836 opera house, where you can listen to Verdi and Puccini's masterpieces in their home country. — Travel + Leisure

Still looking magnificent after its lengthy post-fire restoration, La Fenice opera house is a small gem of super-ornate gilt and curlicues. — Concierge

Superb concert hall with its green ceiling, stucco work and caryatids, as well as its foyers lit by Murano chandeliers and decorated with phoenix-themed tapestries. — Michelin Guide

Hidden away from view behind the ornate gilding and faux-Baroque plush are state-of-the-art technological innovations. The tour with audio guide lasts roughly 45 minutes. — Time Out

Ca' Rezzonico

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ca’ Rezzonico is overall an impressive, pallazzo-turned-museum to add to your list. — Let's Go

Begun by Baldassare Longhena, 17th-century architect of La Salute Church, the Rezzonico home is a sumptuous backdrop for this collection of period paintings. — Frommer's

The Museum of 18th-century Venice is a gleaming (if somewhat chilly) showcase for the art of the Republic's twilight years. — Time Out

Today the upper floors of the Ca' Rezzonico are home to the especially delightful Museo del Settecento (Museum of Venice in the 1700s). — Fodor's

Now a museum dedicated to 18C Venice (Museo del Settecento Veneziano). — Michelin Guide

Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Venice 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded in 1451 by the Dalmatian community, this small scuola was, and still is, a social and cultural center for migrants from what is now Croatia. — Fodor's

The small interior has... a masterpiece by Vittore Carpaccio, who is inextricably linked to this place. — Michelin Guide

At the St. Antonino Bridge (Fondamenta dei Furlani) is the second-most-important guild house to visit in Venice. — Frommer's

The scuole (schools) were part lay confraternities, part guilds, part charitable foundations, which flourished in medieval and Renaissance Venice — The Telegraph

Venice's cosmopolitan nature is evident in Castello, where Turkish merchants, Armenian clerics and Balkan and Slavic labourers were considered essential to Venetian commerce and society. — Lonely Planet

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St. Mark's Square

Venice 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This extraordinary architectural ensemble is the very embodiment of Venice. Everything here is graceful and beautiful. — Michelin Guide

This 40,000-square-foot piazza remains "the drawing room of Europe"—as Napoleon called it. — Condé Nast Traveler

One of the grandest, most confusing and certainly the most exotic of all cathedrals in Europe, Basilica di San Marco is a grand treasure-heap. — Frommer's

When Napoleon and his army descended on Venice in 1797, the French general described this immense open public space—almost 40,000 square feet—as "the drawing room of Europe". — Concierge

The Museums of St Mark's Square pass... covers the Doge's Palace and the Museo Correr trio of museums, plus one other civic museum of your choice. — Time Out

Doges' Palace

Sestiere di San Marco 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Unmissable, this amazing palace reveals Venice's entire history. — Michelin Guide

Don’t be fooled by its genteel Gothic elegance: behind that lacy, pink-chequered facade, the doge’s palace shows serious muscle and a steely will to survive. — Lonely Planet

Visit the interior for the best introduction to the city’s history... the rooms are decorated with frescoes and marble carvings. — Afar Magazine

An unobtrusive side door halfway down the right wall of the nave in San Marco leads straight into the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace). — Time Out

This massive 14th-century palace served as the seat of government and residence of Venice’s doge. — Let's Go

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most iconic landmark of the Grand Canal, La Salute (as this church is commonly called) is most unforgettably viewed from the Riva degli Schiavoni at sunset. — Fodor's

A monumental sigh of relief, this splendid domed church was commissioned by Venice’s plague survivors as thanks for salvation. — Lonely Planet

This flamboyant church at the mouth of the Grand Canal—all round exterior, vast dome, and scalloped flourishes around the roof—is one of Venice's landmarks. — Travel + Leisure

Paintings by Tintoretto and Titian highlight the interior of the church, whose gorgeous, sweeping arches and fabulous gold altarpieces are sure to keep you in good spirits and good health. — Let's Go

Generally referred to as "La Salute," this crown jewel of 17th-century baroque architecture proudly reigns at a commercially and aesthetically important point. — Frommer's

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Sestiere di Castello 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Santi Giovanni e Paolo was founded by the Dominican order in 1246 but not finished until 1430. — Time Out

San Zanipolo, as the Venetians call it, is a vast, echoing barn of a church, built for the Dominicans starting in the mid 13th century, but not finished until 1430. — The Telegraph

This massive Gothic church was built by the Dominican order from the 13th to the 15th century. — Frommer's

The Gothic church dedicated to them. — Michelin Guide

A venerated jewel, this gorgeous church looms over one of the most picturesque squares in Venice. — Fodor's

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Campanile di San Marco

Sestiere di San Marco 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At almost 99m (325ft), the Campanile is the city's tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912. — Time Out

This tall brick bell tower is undeniably the dominant fixture of the Venetian skyline, so much so that, in 1997, a group of Venetian separatists stormed it to proclaim their message from its heights. — Let's Go

It's an easy elevator ride up to the top of this 97m (318-ft.) bell tower for a breathtaking view of the cupolas of St. Mark's. — Frommer's

Sansovino's classical marble loggia at the base of the Campanile is decidedly mythical, showcasing bronzes of pagan deities Minerva, Apollo and Mercury, plus Peace. — Lonely Planet

Construction of Venice's famous brick bell tower (325 feet tall, plus the angel) began in the 9th century, and took on its present form in 1514. — Fodor's

Rialto Bridge

Venice 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This graceful arch over the Grand Canal, linking the San Marco and San Polo districts, is lined with overpriced boutiques and is teeming with tourists. — Frommer's

As the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal, Rialto draws a hefty tourist freight, and, despite the invariable disdain of local Venetians, the 1561 stone structure is worth a look. — Let's Go

Along the railing you'll enjoy one of the city's most famous views: the Grand Canal vibrant with boat traffic. — Fodor's

A superb feat of engineering, Antonio da Ponte’s 1592 Istrian stone span cost 250,000 gold ducats to construct – a staggering sum that puts Calatrava Bridge cost overruns into perspective. — Lonely Planet

This bridge is emblematic of Venice. — Michelin Guide

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Museo Ebraico di Venezia

Sestiere di Cannaregio 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Venice's Jewish community has been enjoying a renaissance recently, and this well-run museum and cultural centre - founded in 1953 - has been spruced up accordingly. — Time Out

The museum runs tours of the Jewish Ghetto. You can visit three of the five area synagogues, each with its own character and design. — Travel + Leisure

The only way to visit any of the area's five 16th-century synagogues is through one of the Museo Communità Ebraica's frequent organized tours conducted in English. — Frommer's

At the heart of the Ghetto, this museum explores the history of Venice's Jewish community and its pivotal contributions to the worlds of science, literature, fashion, religion, philosophy and commerce. — Lonely Planet

Complete your circuit of Jewish Venice with a visit to the Antico Cimitero Ebraico, full of fascinating old tombstones. — Fodor's

Chiesa di San Sebastiano

Sestiere di Dorsoduro 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This contains perhaps the most brilliantly colourful church interior in Venice, and it's all the work of one man: Paolo Veronese. — Time Out

A hidden treasure of Venetian art in the heart of Dorsoduro, this otherwise humble neighbourhood church was embellished with floor-to-ceiling masterpieces by Paolo Veronese over three decades. — Lonely Planet

Paolo Veronese (1528–88), although still in his twenties, was already the official painter of the Republic when he began the oil panels and frescoes at San Sebastiano, his parish church. — Fodor's

This church has a complex layout and a very rich decor. — Michelin Guide

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