Academy Gallery (Gallerie dell'Accademia)#9 in Best Things To Do in Venice
Originally an academy, this attraction was later turned into the Galleria dell'Accademia museum by none other than Napoléon. Today, it's filled with an expansive collection of Venetian art from the 14th to the 18th century by artists such as Bellini, Tintoretto and Veronese.
If you enjoy art – especially Renaissance art – then you'll probably enjoy this museum. If not, you might be disappointed. Travelers who enjoyed this museum were primarily self-proclaimed art enthusiasts, while those who didn't identify as such reported being a bit bored with the subject matter depicted.
You'll find Galleria dell'Accademia in the Dorsoduro district, about a 15-minute walk from Piazza San Marco. The museum is open from 8:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are 15 euros (about $17.50) for adults and is free for kids 18 and younger. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. The church was built in honor of St. Mark the evangelist, whose remains were stolen from their home in Alexandria, Egypt, and hidden in barrels of pork and cabbage leaves by a couple crafty Venetians, intent on bringing him to rest in Venice.
Crafted from many different styles of architecture, today its opulence shines from nearly every corner – from the four bronze horses that guard the entrance to thousands of square feet of mosaics to the Pala d'Oro. If you look closely at the church's center gable, you can see a statue of St. Mark along with Venice's emblem: a lion with wings.
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