Venice celebrates New Year’s Eve with the impressive fireworks display that lights up the sky over San Marco Basin and then with the New Year’s concert at the Teatro La Fenice. But there is no better way to welcome in 2020 than to immerse yourself in art and beauty! Admiring all Venice masterpieces would take forever! This year, beyond traditional museums, why not take some time to see those gems that very few people know about? Take Ca’ Rezzonico, a grand palace hosting works by Tiziano, Veronese and Tintoretto, adorned with 18th century furniture and furnishings from the richest Venetian houses; Palazzo Grimani, which was a house museum back in the Sixteenth century known in Europe for its marbles, stuccos and frescoes, as well as its collection of classical statues, which is now displayed at the Venice National Archaeological Museum; the sixteenth-century Palazzo Querini Stampalia, a house museum of the noble Querini family; the Jewish Museum, packed with books, manuscripts and testimonies of life in the Venice Jewish ghetto; or Europe’s one-of-a-kind Museum of Icons, featuring one of the major collections of byzantine and post-byzantine icons.
Find out the secret art masterpieces of Venice’s Scuole Grandi, century-old lay devotional confraternities existing in Venice since its origins. Four of these are still operational and have kept most of their invaluable art heritage: the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Scuola Grande dei Carmini. Also, the Scuola Dalmata di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni is still up and running. It used to be the meeting place for the Dalmatian community living in Venice.