With nearly 300,000 residents, Venice is one of Italy’s larger cities and one of the top holiday and vacation destinations in Europe. The beauty of Venice lies in the fact that the city is stretched out across 117 islands situated in the Venice Lagoon of northeastern Italy’s Adriatic Sea shoreline. During both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Venice was one of the country’s chief maritime powers as well as being one of the Crusades primary staging areas. Additionally, it was once a major center for commerce, especially where the grain, silk, and spice trading industries were concerned.
Today, Venice has dozens of reasons for visiting the city and see what all it has to offer the visitor. It’s not just about the cuisine and sightseeing opportunities which are the obvious reasons for traveling there. Additionally, Italy is famous for its wine industry and the quality of those wines which are enjoyed worldwide. For the visitor that is more culturally inclined, no city in Italy offers the caliber of museums that you can encounter when visiting the city of Venice.
There are over 30 museums in Venice all of which are worth the time involved to tour them. However, the following are our top picks for must-see Venice museums:
Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) – This was one of Venice’s most impressive secular structure up until the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797. The palace served as the administrative center, hall of justice, prison, public archive, and Senate House. The museum also features an art gallery and was originally constructed as a castle.
Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica) – It is a historical landmark which blends Eastern and Western architectural styles and was consecrated in 832 AD. It was erected to house the remains of the original St. Mark’s structure. Today, it features an art gallery and cultural bits of the city’s history.
Scuola di Saint Rocco (San Rocco) – many of renowned painter Tintoretto’s paintings is located here. It is also an educational site as well as a historical one and is a great intro to some of the best art of the region.
Ca’Rezzonico – the Venice Age of Decadence is what this museum was based on. It was the most lavish palace of the Rezzonico Venetian aristocracy and features an amazing collection of Venetian art from the 18th century.
Basilica dei Frari – a combination art and history museum as well as a recognized religious site. For the first time visitor, it is surprisingly impressive.
Museo Civico Correr (Correr Civic Museum) – originally opened in 1923, featuring an art gallery that houses a major art collection resplendent with numerous historic documents and memorabilia from the past Venetian history as well as a splendid collection of various art objects.
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