This famous gallery was established in 1807 to house the artwork removed from Venetian churches and public buildings on Napoleon's orders. It is housed in three old religious buildings: the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità, built in 1344; the Church of the Carità; and the Convento della Carità, a monastery begun in 1561 but never quite completed. The Gallerie dell'Accademia houses one of Europe's finest art collections. Its display follows the progression of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries. Notable works in the gallery include Paolo Veneziano's Coronation of Mary, Carpaccio's Crucifixion and Apotheosis, Giovanni Bellini's Madonna with Child between Saints Catherine and Mary Magdalene, Giorgione's Tempest, Lorenzo Lotto's Portrait of a Young Gentleman in His Studio, Paolo Veronese's Feast in the House of Levi, and Tintoretto's Theft of St Mark's Body and Crucifixion.
Unfortunately the gallery has rather scant information and most of it is in Italian; it is a good idea to hire a tour guide, especially as the amount of art can be overwhelming and it is useful to have someone to point out the highlights. The collection also marks many historical events for Venice and a local guide can explain the subject matter and significance of the work.
Address: Dorsoduro 1055
Telephone: +39 041 5200 345
Transport: The Galleria is located near to the Accademia Bridge which is about a 40 minute walk from Santa Lucia train station. ACTV Boat lines one and two reach there, stop at Accademia.
Opening times: Mondays 8.15am to 2pm. Tuesday to Sunday 8.15am to 7.15pm. New Year's Day, May 1st, Christmas Day
Admission: €9, concessions available.