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“Pricey but still a very good collection, will be appreciated by art lovers!”

Gallerie dell'Accademia
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Venice Accademia Galleries Ticket
Ranked #45 of 790 things to do in Venice
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The city's most important and prestigious art gallery features an impressive collection of Venetian paintings and works by such artists as Bellini, Titian and Mantegna.
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Recently visited Venice the 5th time and shamefully made our first trip to the Academy Galleries. Being in Venice, where there there is so much beauty on the outside, it can be difficult to force yourself inside museums and churches when you really want to just walk around the endless canals and small alleys found throughout the city.

It took 5 trips to push us through the doors of the Gallerie dell'Accademia and we can say that it is a very good collection, which will be highly appreciated by fans of Italian art. However, unlike the Vatican Museum (Rome) and the Uffizi (Florence), where you are truly missing out if you don't make the effort to spend some time, it is not a make-or-break deal if you give a pass to the Gallerie dell'Accademia. While a very good gallery, in our opinion, Venice is beautiful enough on its own accord so its not critical to visit this one.

What we liked about the Galleria dell'Accademia, were the pieces by Giovanni Bellini, one of our favorite Italian painters, and the excellent room, featuring work by Carpaccio. We also much enjoyed the room featuring Venetian scenes painted by Gentile Bellini, more famous for his work in the Doge's Palace. There is also a large hall with many impressive works, can't recall the room number, featuring an impressive piece by Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni D'Alemagna called the Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints from 1446. This one is worth spending some time.

Whats not to like about this gallery? A bit like Venice itself, the Gallery dell'Academia building does seem to be showing signs of decay and being in need of some maintenance. This seems to be an inevitable problem being in Venice due to its uniquely unfavorable environment. However, while this makes the outside appearance of Venetian buildings more mystically beautiful, it has somewhat the opposite effect for museums and galleries, making them seem poorly attended to. This is likely one of the main reasons for many of the negative and harsh remarks made for this very good collection of Italian art.

Overall, there is enough for true lovers of Italian art to love the Gallerie dell'Academy. The price for entry is not cheap (11 Euros), which is steep if you are impartial to art museums or being inside while in the stunningly beautiful city of Venice. However, if you love art, this really is a must see/can't miss attraction not only for Venice but for all of Italy. Its well worth a couple hours of your time. You won't be disappointed.

5  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Great introduction to the way Venice influenced the direction of the Renaissance. I recommend including this with the Frari Church.

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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Massive gallery full of renaissance art, you could easily spend 3-4 hours here to fully appreciate the works, at least 20 rooms filled with all the Venetian masters. The gallery is very run down which adds to the atmosphere but is a little sad to see, I would recommend reading up before you visit to get the most out of the gallery.

Thank wavesBondi
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Very disappointing! I expected far more but at the end of the day it's not Florence. It's 11 euros entrance fee (free for over 65's), but it is only a few rooms of religious renaissance art which is superb if that's your thing. At 8 euros entrance the Scuola Grande San Rocco is probably a better option. The wood panelling alone there is worth seeing and the ceilings are unbelievable, particularly viewed through a provided mirror. There are no toilets here but there are at the Accademia. A very limited selection of articles in either shop; no refreshments available.

1  Thank sandiebstaffordshire
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Needs reading prior to going as the art is very rich . There are no explanations in the museum however very impressive

Thank Margeritta
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