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500 Years of Venetian Painting Tour
See Venice Through the Eyes of Venetian Artists



Come see one the Academia Gallery, one of the finest collections of art in all of Venice! With an expert English-speaking guide, you will learn to see the world through "Venetian eyes,” as an enchanting land of radiant colors; where man and nature, spirit and senses, are glowing forever in splendid harmony. 


The 24 rooms of the Academia Galleries offer an extraordinary overview on Venetian painting, ranging from the 14th century with Paolo Veneziano's jewel-like altar-pieces, through the enchanting tales of Gentile Bellini and Carpaccio, to the Golden Age of Giorgione. Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, followed by 18th century paintings by Tiepolo, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi, and Canaletto.


The great majority of the paintings exhibited come from churches, monastic institutions, and lay brotherhoods (known as “scuole” in Venice) which had been suppressed or even demolished during the Napoleonic dominion.


Your guide will explain the historic, socio-political, and economic backgrounds that assisted such artistic output and will stress the peculiarities of Venetian painting as compared to other Italian and European schools.


Particular attention will be given to the Renaissance period, especially the work of Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, and Jacopo Tintoretto. Also, you will explore the perception of Venice as seen through the eyes of its painters in the cycles of San Giovanni Evangelista and Saint Ursula.



This 3-hour tour includes:


  • Cycle of Saint Ursula by Vettore Carpaccio 
  • Cycle of San Giovanni Evangelista by G. Bellini, Carpaccio, and others Giovanni Bellini Sacra Conversazione from San Giobbe 
  • The Tempest by Giorgione 
  • Portait of a Young Man by Lorenzo Lotto
  • The Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto
  • The Banket in the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese 
  • Titian’s Pieta



Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Venice city-centre hotel. The tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre.


Includes: Private expert English-speaking guide for up to 3-hours.


Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Entrance Fees to Gallerie dell'Accademia.




  • Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.


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