The Gallerie dell’Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th-century art.
It is housed in the Scuola della Carità on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro.
The palace originally was an ancient casa da Stazio, a typical Venetian merchant residence featuring an inner courtyard, a loggia with a colonnade, and a garden. It was expanded in the XVI century and decorated with frescoes, marble and stucco that make it absolutely unique in Venice, more similar to its Roman counterparts of the time.
On the first floor piano Nobile, you can admire the Chamber of Callisto adorned with stuccoes by Giovanni da Udine, or the Chamber of Apollo, with frescoes by Francesco Salviati and stucco and grotesque decorations by Giovanni da Udine, the Foliage Room and Dining Room decorated with naturalistic motifs by Camillo Mantovano, the sumptuous fireplaces and the striking original Venetian floors.
Palazzo Grimani is famous for the precious collection of ancient marbles. In 1587, a significant part of the collected was bequeathed by Giovanni Grimani to the Serenissima Republic of Venice, with instructions that the works should be exhibited to the public in the anteroom of the Libreria Marciana, the original structure of which may still be seen today.
Part of the collection is now preserved in the adjacent National Archaeological Museum.
Address: Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050, 30123 Venice
For more info (timetables, prices, reservation) here’s the link to the official website: http://www.gallerieaccademia.it/en