Peggy Guggenheim Collection#12 in Best Things To Do in Venice
Expat American art collector Peggy Guggenheim dedicated her life to gathering this impressive body of 20th-century contemporary art. The collection, which is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal (also Peggy's former home), contains works by artists such as Magritte, Picasso, Pollock, Chagall and Dalí. In the sculpture garden, you can pay your respects to the late Peggy herself, as well as her beloved dogs, who are buried beside her.
Many travelers agree the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is well worth the visit. Some visitors were keen to point out that getting to know Peggy's life, on top of seeing the exceptional art, made the experience more unique than merely visiting a museum. Others who also enjoyed the museum said it's a nice break from the traditional Renaissance paintings often seen in other top European museums.
You'll find the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal, between the Accademia Bridge and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute; waterbus lines nos. 1 and 2 both make stops at the church and bridge. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but closed on Tuesdays. Admission fees are 15 euros for adults (about $17.50) and 9 euros (about $10.50) for students younger than 26; free for children younger than 10. Audio guides cost 7 euros (about $8). For more information, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection'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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