Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia is housed in the former convent complex known as the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità. The convent was founded in 1260 as a devotional confraternity. There were many of these scuole in Venice at that time, all engaged in civic activities. In the early 19th century, during the reign of Napolean, the scuola, the church and convent buildings were transformed into the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
The gallery has a rich collection of Renaissance paintings including Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini. A calming stroll here is the perfect activity while you're in La Serenissima.