Venice – 2012

  1. Hard Edges
  2. Plan
  3. Museum – Gallerie dell’Accademia
  4. Churches
  5. Architecture / Palaces


Hard Edges:

  • Destination: Venice – Italy
  • Time: arrive @ Hotel Thursday around 14:30 – April 19, leave Sunday from Hotel around 1230
  • Hotel: = Splendid Venice
  • Main focus: Walking around, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, Accademia, Frari Church.. great fun, great food  & wine.
  • Social circumstances: Group of ~30 people traveling together.
  • Guide & Tours: Walks of Italy



~1430 – @ Splendid Venice Hotel
~1500 – Welcome to Venice mini tour by myself (Rialto Bridge & St. Mark’s Square)
~1600 – Snack & wine @ Gran Caffè Quadri – St. Mark’s Square
Menu -> Gran Caffe Quadri menu
~1700 – Church of San Zaccaria
~1930 – Dinner @ Restaurant Terrazza Danieli

0800 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0900 – Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – “Venice City Stroll – Famous Canals, Bridges & Palaces”
~1300 – Frari Church
~1400 – lunch @ Venice Restaurant Impronta Cafe
~1500 – Scuola Grande di San Rocco
1930 – Dinner @  Le Maschere (Hotel Resturant)

0800 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0900 – Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – “Legendary Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica & The Doge’s Palace
~1300 – drinks @ Caffè Florian – St. Mark’s Square
~1400 – Lunch @ Pizzeria Accademia
~1500 – Accademia Museum
1930 – Dinner @ Ristorante Ai Due Vescovi  

0900 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0930 –  Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – walk around
1230 – Leaving from Hotel

Google map -> Venice 2012

Facts about Museums, Artists, Churches, Museum & Palaces mostly from Wikipedia & Rick Steve’s Venice 2012

Seleceted artwork inspired by many different sources… books, websites, TTC videos & personal taste.

6 Districts:

Rick Steve’s highlights:

***St. Mark’s Square – Venice’s grand main square
***St. Mark’s Basilica – Cathedral w/ mosaics, Saint’s bones, treasury, museum & viewpoint of square
***Doge's Palace - Art-splashed palace of former rulers, with prison accessible through Bridge of sighs
***Rialto Bridge - Distinctive bridge spanning the Grand Canal, with a marked nearby
**Correr Museum - Venetian history & art
**Accademia - Venice's top art museum
**Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Popular display of 20th-century art
**Frari Church - Franciscan church featuring Renaissance masters
**Scuola San Rocco - "Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel"
*Campanile - Dramatic belltower at St. Mark's Square
*Bridge of Sighs - Famous enclosed bridge, part of Doge's Palace
*La Salute Church - Striking church dedicated to the Virgin Mary
*Ca' Rezzonico - Posh Grand Canal palazzo with 18th-century venetian art
*Punta della Dogana - Museum of contemporary art
*Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art - in a canalside palazzo
*Scuola Dalmata di San Giorgio - Exquisite Renaissance meeting house
Church of San Zaccaria - Final resting place of St. Zachariah. plus Bellini altarpiece & eerie crypt
Church of San Polo - Ninth-century church with works by Tintoretto, Veronese & Tiepolo
*Church of San Giorgio Maggiore - Island across the lagoon featuring church with Palladio architecture, Tintoretto paintings & fine view back on Venice

General Experiences

  • just walking around  –  get lost on purpose
  • St. Marks Square – listening to duelling orchestras
  • Picnic
The only legal place to picnic in Venice is Giardinetti Reali, the waterfront park near St. Mark’s Square.
 – COOP supermarket between St. Mark’s and Campo Santa Maria Famosa (Calle del mondo novo – marked on my google map) PS – Pigeons


Museum – Gallerie dell’Accademia


The Anoo (Gallerie dell’Accademia) is a museum gallery of pre-19th century art in Venicenorthern Italy. Situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro, it gives its name to one of the three bridges across the canal, the Ponte dell’Accademia, and to the boat landing station for the vaporetto water bus. It was originally created as an art school.

The Most important museum in Venice, and it’s loaded with Venetian Renaissance art.

Cost6,5 Euro
HoursMon: 08:15 - 1400, Tue-Sun: 0815-1915 (last entry 45 min before close)
Avoid linesVisit early or late. Even better - reserve tickets
Getting therecheck my google map
Baggage checkPurses & handbags are allowed, but large bags must be checked
PhotographyNot Allowed
Cuisine Artjust outside museum - Ristorante Accademia Foscarini - simple Pizzaria with great Grand Canal setting.



RoomYearArtistWork of art
2BelliniSt. Job Altarpiece
1487Leonardo da VinciThe Vitruvian Man
1495Vittore CarpaccioThe Dream of St. Ursula
51506-08GiorgioneThe Tempest
1508-10GiorgioneOld Woman
1548TintorettoMiracle of the Slave
101573Paolo VeroneseThe Feast in the House of Levi
1740Giovanni Battista PiazzettaThe Fortune Teller
1752Pietro LonghiThe Pharmacist



St. Mark’s Basilica

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (officially known in Italian as the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco and commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello. For its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Church of gold).

Rick Steves:  “Among Europe’s Churches St. Mark’s is Peerless. From the outside, it’s a riot of domes, columns and statues, completely unlike the towering Gothic churches of northern Europe or the heavy Baroque of much of the rest of Italy. Inside the decor of Mosaics colored marbles, and oriental trasures is rarely seen elsewhere. The Christian symbolism is unfamiliar to western eyes, done in the style of Byzantine icons and even Islamic design…”


Exterior (outside - left of entrance)Mosaic of St. Mark's relics
AtriumMosaic of Noah's Ark & The Great Flood
naveMosaics & Greek - Cross Floor Plan
Pentecost Mosaic
Central DomeAscension Mosaic
under the central dome - the church as theaterRood screen, Doge's pulpit, Tree of Jesse Mosaic, Last supper Mosaic & Crucifixion Mosaic
South TranseptDiscovery of Mark Mosaic
San Marco MuseumMosaic, the GREAT Bronze Horses & View of the Piazza


Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Franciscan church featuring Renaissance masters

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption (Italian: Assunzione della Beata Virgine). The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396.

Cost3 Euro
Opening hours09-18 (Mon-Sat) / 13-18 (Sun)
Dress CodeModest dress is recommended
StarringTitian, Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veneziano, Donatello

(very) Important art in church:

AltarTitian: The Assumption of the Virgin (1516-18) ... maybe the most beautiful piece of art in Venice...
Donatello - Statue of John the Baptit
SacristyGiovanni Bellini - Madonna & child with saints and angels
Chapter housePaolo Veneziano - Madonna and child with Doge Francesco Dandolo (ca 1339)
Nave (right by entrance)Titian - Madonna of Ca' Pesaro (1519-26) .....OR.. ... maybe this is the most beautiful piece of art in Venice...


Church of San Zaccaria

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-12 & 16-18, Sun 16-18
Free admission
Home of Bellini masterpiece: "Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints" (altarpiece)

San Zaccaria is a church in Venice, northern Italy, dedicated to St. Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, whose body it supposedly contains. It is a large edifice, located in the quiet Campo San Zaccaria, just off the waterfront to the south east of St. Mark’s basilica.


The present church was built in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles between 1444 and 1515. Antonio Gambello was the original architect, who started the building in the Gothic style, but the upper part of the facade and the upper parts of the interior were completed by Mauro Codussi in early Renaissance style.


Two ohter great chuches:

both by the great:  Andrea Palladio

Architecture / Palaces


The Doge’s Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city ofVenice, northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. In 2010 it was visited by 1.358.186 people.

Rick Steves: “The Doge’s Palace houset the fascinaiting government of this rich and powerful empire. It also served as the home for the Venetian ruler known as the doge (pronounced: “dohzh”), or duke. For four centuries (ca 1150-1550), this was the most powerful half-acre in Europe. The rest of Europe marveled at the way Venice could govern itself without a dominaint king, bishop, or tyrant. The doges wanted their palace to reflect the wealth and secular values of the Republic, impressing visitors and serving as a reminder that the Venetians were Number One in Europe.”

Cost14 Euro (combo ticket)
HoursDaily April-October 08:30 - 18:30 , Nov-March 08:00 - 17:30
PhotographyNot Allowed
Cousine ArtSandwich & salad bar in the courtyard (4 Euro - panini, 2,5 Euro - cappuccino)
starringBig rooms bare of furnishings but crammed with history, Tintoretto masterpieces, and the doges.

rooms & highlights

The CourtyardThe stairway of giants. Whent you enter the courtyard, ignore signs.. head strait for this
Ante-Collegio Hall (Sala dell'Anticollegio)The Rape of Europe - Paolo Veronese
Collegio Hall (Sala del Collegio)Mars & Neptun with Campanile & Lion - Paolo Veronese
Hall of Grand Council (Sala del Maggiore Consiglio)Paradise - Tintoretto
The Bridge of Sighsitself.... 🙂

Titoretto – Paradise (detail):


Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The Scuola di San Rocco (“Confraternity of St. Roch”, protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century) was established in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetian citizens, next to the church of San Rocco, from which it takes its name.

Cost7 Euro
HoursDaily: 0930-1730 (last entry 30min before closing time)
LocationNext to Frari Church
MirrorsUse the mirrors scattered about the museum's Grand Hall.. because much of the art is on the ceiling..
Starring...Tintoretto, Tintoretto, Tintoretto............

From Rick Steves: The 50-plus paintings in Scuola Grande di San Rocco – often called “Tintoretto’s Sistine Chapel” – present one man’s very personal vision of christian history. Tintoretto spend the last 20 years of his life working practically for free on these paintings. …. For Tintoretto fan’s this is the ultimate.


When people admitting their ignorance of art, say, “But I know what I like,” they usually mean, “I like what I know.”
– Rick Steves (in his book: “Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler”)

Artists Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516)

Born1430, Venice
Died1516 (aged 85-86)

Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430–1516) was an Italian Renaissance painter, probably the best known of the Bellini family of Venetian painters. His father was Jacopo Bellini, his brother was Gentile Bellini, and his brother-in-law was Andrea Mantegna. He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more sensuous and colouristic style. Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich tints and detailed shadings. His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils Giorgione and Titian.

Highlights in Venice:

  • The San Zaccaria Altarpiece (also called Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints), executed in 1505 and located in the church of San ZaccariaVenice.
  • Frari Triptych (1488) – Oil on panel Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
Birth NameTiziano Vecelli
Bornca. 1488/1490, Pieve di Cadore
Died27 August 1576 (aged 85-88), Venice
MovementHigh Renaissance
Selected WorkAssumption of the Virgin Pesaro Altarpiece Venus of Ubrino
Recognized by his contemporaries as “The Sun Amidst Small Stars” (recalling the famous final line of Dante’s Paradiso), Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters, equally adept with portraits, landscape backgrounds, and mythological and religious subjects. His painting methods, particularly in the application and use of color, would exercise a profound influence not only on painters of the Italian Renaissance, but on future generations of Western artTiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – 27 August 1576) was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno (in Veneto), in the Republic of Venice. During his lifetime he was often called da Cadore, taken from the place of his birth.

Highlights in Venice:

  • Assumption of the Virgin is a large oil painting by Italian Renaissance artist Titian, executed in 1516-1518. It is located on the high altar in the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, being the largest altarpiece in the city.
  • The Pesaro Madonna (ItalianPala Pesaro) (better known as the Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Titian, commissioned by Jacopo Pesaro, whose family acquired in 1518 the chapel in the Frari Basilica in Venice for which the work was painted, and where it remains today.
  • Pietà is the last painting by the Italian master Titian (c. 1575). It is housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia of Venice.
Birth nameCa. 1477-78, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Died1510 (age 32-33), Venice - Italy
TrainingGiovanni Bellini
MovementHigh Renaissance
Selected WorksThe Tempest, Sleeping Venus, Castelfranco Madonna & The Three Philosophers
Together with Titian, who was slightly younger, he is the founder of the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting, which achieves much of its effect through colour and mood, and is traditionally contrasted with the reliance on a more linear disegno of Florentine paintingGiorgione (born Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco; c. 1477/8 – 1510) was a Venetian painter of the High Renaissance in Venice, whose career was cut off by his death at a little over thirty. Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work. The resulting uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his art has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European painting.
The Tempest
Highlights in Venice:


Paolo Veronese  

Paolo Veronese (1528 – 19 April 1588) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance in Venice, famous for paintings such as The Wedding at Cana and The Feast in the House of Levi. He adopted the name Paolo Cagliari or Paolo Caliari, and became known as “Veronese” from his birthplace in Verona.

Highlights in Venice;


Birth nameJacopo Comin
Born29 September 1518, Venice, Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy
Died31 May 1594, aged 75, Venice, Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy
Movement Renaissance

Tintoretto  (September 29, 1518 – May 31, 1594), real name Jacopo Comin, was a Venetian painter and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective in the Mannerist style, while maintaining color and light typical of the Venetian School. Highlights:

  • Paradise @ Doge’s Palace (Hall of the grand council) – the largest oil painting in the world
  • different paintings in “Scuola San Rocco” – Great Hall
  • The Miracle of the Slave (also known as The Miracle of St. Mark, 1548) @ Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, northern Italy, it was originally commissioned for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, a confraternity in the city.

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