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A few steps away from ponte dell? Academia, at campo della Carita is the Galeria del? Academia that houses a huge exhibition of Venetian art in three different buildings. Paolo Veneziano, Vittore Carpaccio, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and other?s famous artists works are on display. As elsewhere in Venice you have to leave your backpack at the lockers pay the entrance fee (6,5euro) and be there any day you like 8.15-19.15 (Mondays till 14.00). There is also a group ticket (11 euro) that includes entrance to Ca?d?Oro and Oriental Art Museum)

Then we visited SAN VIO church(pic 1), near academia but it was closed (forever?) so we just rest at the small campo for a while. It was built in 912 and it?s dedicated to Santi Vito e Modesto, two Sicilian saints. The most interesting story I found about it it?s what the travel writer E.V.Lucas(1868-1938) wrote:<? it seems that one of the most devoted worshippers in this minute temple was the little Contessa Tagliapietra, whose home was on the other side of the Grand Canal. Her one pleasure was to retire to this church and make her devotions: a habit which so exasperated her father that one day he issued a decree to the gondoliers forbidding them to ferry her across. On arriving at the traghetto and learning this decision, the girl calmly walked over the water, sustained by her purity and piety>

We walked a bit at the small alleys and canals of the area but we got worried when we saw the water starting coming over them at the promenades (pic 3), we forgot it for a while although some hours later we realized that we had to take out our shoes! Our next stop was Guggenheim museum(pic 2). Peggy Guggenheim?s collection is housed at a neoclassical palazzo and it is focusing on modern art. It is nice if you have never heard before about Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro and other unknown artists like them :) It open Wednesday to Monday 10.00-18.00 and the entrance fee is 12 euro (june 2009, this is too much, isn?t it?).

Santa Maria della Salute(pic 4) is one of the most famous church in Venice and you will definitely see it from the vaporetto as it stands opposite San Marco on the other side of the grand canal. It was built by Baladssare Longhena in the 17th century, dedicated to Virgin Mary and and with hope that it will stop another deadly plague of 1630. The exterior is impressive because of the huge dome, the statues and the stairs. The interior will please you too with some great paintings although if you have already visit other churches in Venice maybe you will be already at the level ?no more, thank you please? about art and churches.

We were at that level so we preferred to go at the end of the Dorsoduro district, just a few steps away from the church and watch the night coming over San Marco at the other side of the canal. We had the naked boy holding a frog (pic 5) as a company. The statue of the twelve year old boy made by Charles Ray and its funny what he answered when he asked why he created this statue: ?This is the place where couples have fights, break up, get engaged and have their first kiss? Hopefully, none of the them happened to us! :)

Address: Dorsoduro area
Directions: take vaporetto line 1 stop Accademia, it?s near the Accademia Bridge
Phone: 0412771179

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 3, 2009
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