Venice is known for it’s beautiful architect, canals and gondolas. But since this is an art website, that is the focus of the information. Not only does Venice have wonderful museums, but many churches and palaces where you can admire great artwork. There are close to 100 museums and over 130 churches. Many great artists came from Venice It is hard to know where to start. I have narrowed it down to give the novice art person a jumping point and see the highlights in a day or afternoon or in one church if that’s all you have time for.  hope this helps inspire a love of Venetian renaissance art!


Explore the Map


Title Address Description
San Zaccaria
Campo S. Zaccaria, 4693, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Bellini: Madonna & Saints



Madonna dell'Orto
Cannareggio, 3512, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

•Tintoretto: Golden Calf, Last Judgement
•Tomb of Tintoretto

San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Bellini: Madonna & Child w/Saints
Titian: Assumption
Titian: Pesaro Madona

Piazza San Marco San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalyMust See:
San Giovanni e Paolo
Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Bellini: Ferrer Altarpiece
Veronese: Adoration of Shepards



San Marco Basilica San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Pal d’Oro:

Accademia Museum
Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

Bellini: St Giobbe Altarpiece
Giorgione: Tempest
Tintoretto: St Mark
Titian: Pieta
Veronese: Feast House of Levi





Start Frari: 1 hour

Accademia: 2-3 hours


St Marks: 1 hour

San Zaccaria: 15 minutes

San Zanipolo: 1 hour



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This will take the whole day but it is a nice mix of the most beautiful churches with some art still in the original location they were 500 years ago, the Accademia which houses Venetian masterpieces and tombs and monuments to artists. 


My Favourite Churches, Palaces and Museums in Venice to See Great Art



  • Style exterior
  • artwork
  • relics

  There are a few pieces of information I like to have before I go into any historic building. I have a checklist for all the churches, palaces and museums for each sestiere so I know when they were first built and then a rough idea of the most recent renovations and a general idea of the type of architect on the facade. Then I always need to know the main pieces of art, tombs or relics inside.

Santa Maria DEL ORTO

  • Gothic built in 1400’s, some parts redone in 1500’s.
  • Tintoretto, Palma
  • Tomb Tintoretto, finger St Onophisvius


  • built from 1286 rebuilt in 1500’s facade early Venetian Renaissance
  • Tintoretto, Conegliano, il Giovane, Lotto, Veneziano


  • 1280 consecrated, rebuilt 1340-1442, Gothic facade
  • Titian, Bellini, Veneziano
  • Canova monument, Titian Monument


  • The Scuola della Carità was the oldest of the six Scuole Grandi and the building dates back to 1343
  • Venetian masterpieces thru 18th century

St Mark Basilica

  •  10th century Italo-Byzantine with ornamental gothic roofline
  • Mosaic cartoons made by Titian, Ucello, Veneziano, Tintoretto
  • plunders 4th crusade in 1204: icon Virgin Nicopeia, body of St Mark

San Polo

  • Church stood here since 9th century, currently 15th century Gothic
  • Tintoretto, Veronese, il Giovane, Tiepolo Gian, Tiepolo Giam

San Zanipolo/Giovanni & Paolo

  • built from 1246, current Italian Dominican Gothic style church built 1430
  • Verrocchio, Bellini, Conegliano, Lotto, Veronese
  • Monument 25 Doges, Monument to Palma Il Giovane

San Lio

  • 9th century church, rebuilt several times, latest 1783 Italian Baroque style
  • Titian, il Giovane, Tiepolo Gian.
  • Tomb Canaletto

Santa Maria della salute

  • Votive church for plague in 1687
  • Titian, Tintoretto, 

San Giorgio Maggiore

  • first church 790. Current 16th century Benedictine. church Renaissance style
  • Tintoretto, Bassano
  • St Cosmas, St Damian

San Sebastiano

  • Hospice 1393, convert votive church 1468, Renaissance style
  • Veronese, Titian, il Giovane, Tintoretto

San Elemosinario

  • built 1071, destroy fire 1514, rebuilt 1531 Renaissance style
  • Titian, Pordenone, il Giovane


  • seat confraternity built 1478
  • Tintoretto, Titian, il Giovane
  • named after Saint Rocco who is buried in the church next to the Scuola

San zaccaria

  • built in 9th century ,rebuilt again in Gothic and Renaissance style in 
  • Bellini
  • body of St Zaccaria and St Athanasius of Alexandria

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

  • Exterior Spiral staircase 1499, unique built between Gothic and Renaissance styles
  • Tintoretto

Santa Maria GIGLIO

  • found 9th century, rebuilt Venetian Baroque facade in 1681
  • Tintoretto, Rubens, Palma Younger

Santa Maria Assunta/I gesuiti

  • first occupied 12 century, in the 1600’s Jesuits returned from expulsion and bought church, restoration completed 1728
  • Titian, il Giovane, Tintoretto

ducal palace

  • original govt seat built 810, destroyed and rebuilt many times, what see now mainly 14 & 15 century, tried to keep Gothic style.
  • Titian, Veronese, Bassano, Tiepolo

San Geremania

  • Saint Lucy


  • built from 1286 rebuilt in 1500’s facade early Venetian Renaissance
  • Tintoretto, Conegliano, il Giovane, Lotto, Veneziano

Artwork in Venice


  These are the ones I always make sure to take my friends and family to see and the ones I can look at over and over. There are to many from the Accademia, go to the page from the map or main menu.

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 Venetian artists were a major force in they Italian Renaissance. Beginning with the work of Giovanni & Gentile Bellini, the main artists of the Venetian school included Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and Jacopo Bassano. Many of these artists were born and died here and I always like to see if I can find their houses, workshops, churches or tombs/monuments while also stopping in to see some of their artwork. 


Giovanni Bellini

From a venetian family, lived and died in Venice. Paintings in churches all over the city, some in their original locations. Was buried outside Venetian church, tomb not open to visitors.


Jacopo Robusti


Tintoretto was born and died in Venice. It is possible to see his home, one of his studios, his parish church, the church his children are buried in, the scuola he belonged to with paintings, many paintings still in original locations, and a memorial.


The Most Interesting Relics


The medieval market for relics was big business – a huge industry with an infrastructure to match. From peasants to popes, all clamoured to see them – so much so that Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, ordered relic veneration to be an integral part of Frankish canon law, directing every altar to possess its own relics.

Deriving from the Latin ‘reliquum’, meaning ‘remainder’, the real value of these divine articles lay in their power to bridge heaven and earth. The bones or hair of martyrs, apostles and Christ were considered to have the greatest power, and were known as first-class relics.

Of the latter, the most iconic was the cross of Christ’s crucifixion. Second-class relics included garments or personal property, while third-class relics were objects that had been touched or located in the vicinity of a first- or second-class relic. Year upon year, faithful pilgrims travelled hundreds of miles, flocking to parish churches and cathedrals in droves to visit the most powerful relics, in the hope of healing power or a miracle. Even those relics considered fake could become ‘real’ if they later ‘performed’.

The pilgrimage trade had an enormous impact on local economies, leading towns to go to extreme lengths in pursuit of the best relics, with the most desirable – the ones that would subsequently attract the most visitors – being the most difficult to come by. Acquiring prime relics required much time and money, so competition between sacred sites drove many churches to extreme, even inexplicable, lengths.

Fragments of saints were trafficked around Europe, but far too often supply simply fell behind demand, resulting in an underground economy of trades, surreptitious purchases and even theft

St Marks Basilica

Remains St Mark brought to Venice from Alexandria 800 AD


Remains of St John the Baptist’s father, gift to Byzantine Emperor Leo V the Armenian


Saint Lucy was executed in 304 AD during Diocletian Persecution.


Relics from the 4th century crusade brought back from Constantinople

San Nicolo al Lido

St NIcholas of Bari (Santa Claus)

saint roch

Body of Saint Roch

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Useful Websites

Museum Pass:

11 museums including doges palace, not worth it unless you have a lot of time

Accademia Website: galleriedell’

12 euro, buy online or at door


Chorus Pass:

12 euro includes over 12 churches
can buy online or at one of the church entrances.
normal entrance 1-3 Euros per church

Aug 02 @ 2pm-6pm …Details

Official Venice tourism site:

buy city pass on this website,
great cultural events calendar

can add vaporetto and bus transfers


Accademia Website: galleriedell’

12 euro, buy online or at door


Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Artistic visits into churches and museums are suspended as required by the Prime Minister’s Decree of 8th March 2021.

Access in churches will only be allowed for religious reasons in compliance with the indications provided by the Ministry of Health.

Aug 02:  Biennial Venice

Aug 09: SJ Extras

Aug 16: MTV Blooms

Aug 23: SF Leads

Aug 02 @ 2pm: Home, Field #2  -vs-  SF Monarchs

Aug 09 @ 7am: Away, Field #4  -vs-  SJ Extras

Aug 16 @ 11am: Home, Field #1  -vs-  MTV Blooms

Aug 23 @ 2pm: Home, Field #3  -vs-  SF Leads

Aug 02: Bienniale

Aug 09: Guided tours La Fenice Theatre

Aug 16: Historical Regatta

Aug 23: International Architect Exhibit

Aug 02 @ 2pm: Home, Field #2  -versus-  SF Monarchs

Aug 09 @ 7am: Away, Field #4  -versus-  SJ Extras

Aug 16 @ 11am: Home, Field #1  -versus-  MTV Blooms

Aug 23 @ 2pm: Home, Field #3  -versus-  SF Leads

Aug 02 @ 2pm: Home, Field #2  -versus-  SF Monarchs

Aug 09 @ 7am: Away, Field #4  -versus-  SJ Extras

Aug 16 @ 11am: Home, Field #1  -versus-  MTV Blooms

Aug 23 @ 2pm: Home, Field #3  -versus-  SF Leads

Brief history of Venice


Brief History of Venice

According to tradition Venice was founded in 421 AD. At that time a Celtic people called the Veneti lived along the coast of what is now Northeast Italy. Since 49 BC they had been Roman citizens. However, in 453 Attila the Hun invaded Italy. In terror, some Veneti fled to islands in the lagoon and built a village there. They soon formed a loose federation. Then in 568 AD a people called the Lombards invaded the mainland and many Veneti fled to the islands swelling the population.

At first Venice was controlled by the Byzantine Empire (the Eastern half of the Roman Empire, which survived the fall of Rome). However, in 726 the Venetians partly gained their independence and elected Orso Ipato as doge (their word for Duke).

In 810 the Franks tried but failed to conquer the Venetians. Meanwhile, Venice flourished as a trading center and ships sailed to and from its ports. Its population grew steadily. In 828 the body of St Mark was smuggled from Egypt to Venice. St Mark then became the patron saint of the city.

In the Middle Ages Venice continued to flourish as a port and trading center. Meanwhile, in 1199 a fourth crusade was proposed. The Venetians agreed to build a fleet of ships to ferry the Crusaders. However when the Crusader army assembled they were unable to pay for the ships. So the Venetians persuaded them to join an expedition to raid Constantinople. Venetians and Crusaders captured the city in 1204 and they looted it. Venice was also involved in other wars at that time. The Italian city of Genoa was a powerful rival to Venice and during the 13th and 14th centuries, the Genoese and Venetians fought 5 wars.

Furthermore in 1348 the Black Death devastated the population of Venice. Therefore in 1403 Venice introduced quarantine. Ships arriving from infected areas had to stop at an island called Lazaretto and the passengers had to wait for 40 days before they were permitted to enter the city.
In the 15th century Venice faced a new threat - the Turks. In 1453 they captured Constantinople and afterward they advanced into Southeast Europe. In 1489 Venice came to rule Cyprus. However, in 1571 the Turks conquered the island.

Furthermore in 1508 several European countries formed the League of Cambrai and went to war against Venice. However, after 8 years of war, the map was largely unchanged.
More serious for Venice was the discovery of North and South America. The result was that trade shifted away from the Mediterranean. Furthermore in 1630 Venice was struck by plague again.

During the 17th century Venice gradually lost power and influence. In the 18th century, Venice was politically unimportant although the arts such as opera flourished. Then in 1797, Napoleon dissolved the Republic of Venice. However, after his fall in 1815 Venice was handed to Austria.

The railway reached Venice in 1846. However, Venice did not prosper under Austrian rule. In 1848 revolutions swept Europe and Venice rose in rebellion against the Austrians. For a short period, Daniele Manin became president of an independent Venice. However Austrian forces bombarded the city and Venice was forced to surrender in August 1849. Yet in 1866 the Austrians were defeated by the Prussians and Venice was allowed to join the new nation of Italy.

In the late 19th century Venice flourished as a port and a manufacturing center. Then in 1933 Mussolini built a road from the mainland to Venice. During the Second World War, Venice was undamaged by fighting but the Jewish population was deported.

In 1966 Venice suffered a severe flood but the city soon recovered. Today tourism is the mainstay of Venice. However, the population of Venice has fallen sharply since the mid 19th century. In 2020 the population of Venice was 261,000.

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