The history of Venetian paintings: the Accademia Galleries

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In a city such as Venice, plunged in a vibrant and evanescent atmosphere that lets the outline fade away and the boundaries disappear, it’s no surprise that the Venetian painters preferred to sacrifice the perfect drawing in the name of color and light.

Color and light: the extraordinary adventure of the Venetian painting.

The tour:

The Accademia Galleries offer the chance to follow a guided itinerary covering five centuries of Venetian painting.
Starting from its strict connection with the Byzantine art of its origins, I will illustrate its relationship with the Florentine School of the 15th century, so relevant in understanding the essence of the Venetian Renaissance, the golden season of the great masters: The lyric style of the patriarchs Bellini and Giorgione, the fairy tales of Carpaccio, the triumph of sensuality and colors of Titian, the energy and passion of Tintoretto, the elegance and the opulence of Veronese. We will finish the tour off by viewing the fascinating season of 18th century Venice, which interpreted the decline of the Serenissima.

The protagonists will be Canaletto, who chose Venice as the main subject of his art and Tiepolo who let an ancient world live again, in a light tragedy-free universe made of lovely nymphs and gods.


Duration: around 1,5 hour

Notes: for groups, a reservation is required.
Due to restoration and extension works going on at present, some of the rooms might be closed.


Morning tours start at 9 am or 11 am and last 2 or 4 hours. Afternoon tours can be scheduled at your convenience.

  • AT YOUR HOTEL/APARTMENT: We are glad to come and pick you up at your hotel lobby if you stay downtown. Otherwise see the other pmeeting points in google maps:

At the exit door of the Doge’s Palace (Porta della Carta).


Campo San Bartolomeo, just at Carlo Goldoni’s statue. 


Outside the railway station, on the stairs under the clock on the left hand side.


    Near the Alilaguna desk (public water buses)

€ 80,00 € per hour up to 9 persons. If you want to book more than one tour, for larger groups, or for special tour, rates upon request. Fares do not include admission tickets for Museums/Churches or transportation fees.

Suppelent pick up far from St Mark’s Square or at the railway/cruise terminal €25/30.

Please note the tour will run, rain or sunshine and even in case of a flooding event.
Cancellation in the previous 72 hours prior to the tour departure will be charged 100% via PayPal.

Within 3 days before the tour no penalty.

From 3 to 2 days before the tour, 50% penalty

Less than 2 days before the tour and no show, 100% penalty.

The tour can be considered confirmed after you receive the Confirmation Form with all practical information.

We are not legally responsible for services provided by other business partners. In case of circumstances beyond our control or unforeseen events, we might not be able to lead the tour.  Pre-paid tours will be fully refunded.

Remember that even during the tour parents are responsible for their children’s actions: don’t relax too much!

Since we are not a tour operator, according to the Italian Law we are responsible only for the quality of our service: we strongly recommend to arrange a travel insurance covering any kind of accidents that might occur during your trip (including a medical and personal insurance).


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