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Accademia (Venice)

Accademia (Venice)

Accademia Gallery of the Museum of Academy is one of the largest museum in Venice. It is situated on the banks of Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district.



Campo della Carita

Tel. 041- 522 22 47

Open: daily (Monday- morning only)

Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25

Official site




Accademia Gallery is famous for collection of Venetian paintings that were painted between 14th and 18th centuries. Accademia was found by the Senate of Venice in 1750 as the center of education in Italy along with other Italian large cities like Rome, Florence, Milan and many others. Additionally it was one of the first institutions in Italy that started to study and implement the process of restoration. Originally it was called the Academy of Fine Arts and in 1807 it was renamed the Royal Academy by the orders of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte after he conquered Italy. He also moved the Academy to its current structure. In the middle of the 19th century Academy was transformed into a museum intended to gather the best works of Venetian masters including Paolo and Lorenzo Veneziano, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Lorenzo Lotto, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian, Tiepolo, Canaletto and many others.


Accademia Gallery also gave name to one of the four large bridges across Grand Canal of Venice. Bridge Academy connects building of Accademia, former monastery and school Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carita and the city area of San Marco. The bridge was constructed in 1854 following a design of Alfred Neville who created its base from steel. In the early 20th century the bridge was replaced with the wooden one. It was believed that steel didn't fit the spirit of Venice. In 1985 new bridge replaced Accademia Bridge, while keeping the original design.










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