a typical Venetian scene Traghetto at S. Toma, photo by © Lesley Powell Painting (1870) of S. Marco by JW Bunney commissioned by Ruskin and in the Ruskin Collection in the Sheffield City Museum Titian's great 'Assunta' in the Frari. A powerful and, arguably, immodest Virgin, being presented in the Renaissance ideal John Ruskin who wrote the important 'Stones of Venice' and who, at the time, was responsible for changing the perception of Venice from a hedonistic playground
to an immensely important treasure trove of art and architecture worth preserving. Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge with Salute in background. In the second house on the left (Palazzo Barbaro) Whistler and Singer Sargent painted and Henry James lived and wrote. Isabella Stewart Gardner used this Palazzo as her base when she was collecting Renaissance art.

Venice Art Tours

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S. Marco during flooding



Note that all houses on canals have water-gates through which the merchant's goods would enter and leave




Giovanni Bellini's great S. Giobbe Altarpiece at the Accademia. This painting single-handedly changed the altarpiece tradition from triptychs to single panel sacred conversations









About Venice Art Tours

Venice Art Tours was founded by New Yorker Howard Fitzpatrick in 1999. Since Howard's retirement, our walks are led by Eric Bagan, who has lived in Venice since 2002 and is the city's only native English-speaking guide.

Considered by many to be the world's most beautiful city, Venice can also be its most crowded. Venice Art Tours ushers you away from the hordes that cluster around the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, bringing you to the city's intimate precincts. Throughout history, Venice's cautious foreign policy, favoring peace where possible, earned her the name of Serenissima, the “most serene.” That serenity can still be captured when you hire Eric Bagan, featured in Departures Magazine (see below) as one of the world's leading tour guides. Eric remains the city's only independent, native-English-speaking guide. He'll collect you at your hotel and for four hours you'll tour the most neglected and evocative corners of Venice, experiencing the tranquil rhythms for which Venice is famous.

Eric Bagan was featured in Departures. Read the review.

"We all learned a lot and it made the subsequent museum and church visits much more interesting for all of us.  The girls remembered much of what you spoke about and were able to use it in our visits to the Vatican and the Uffizi Gallery.  You added a lot of value to our visit to Italy and just wanted to say thank you."  Eileen Serra, New York

"Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Venice and a chance to see the many splendors of the city under your excellent tutelage.  You introduced us to masters of art, previously a blur, and to the  wonderful "highlights" of the city.  Although the flooding was a nuisance to Venetians, we were delighted to see Venice as it's so often portrayed...under water.  Wishing you and yours happiness and health, we send our thanks and best wishes."      Barbara and Bill Charlton, Annapolis, MD

Practicalities and Prices

Booking: Just send an email suggesting a date. If the day is open and if you confirm it you need do nothing else except advise of any change to your plans.

Pricing: €280 per tour for up to 5 persons. If there are more than 5 in your group contact us for a price. In addition, some museums and churches charge a small entrance fee which is not included in the above price. Payment is at the end of the tour.

Contact by email: [email protected]

Telephone:  +39 041 713793  or +39 348 269 9901(cell).

We look forward to meeting you on one of our Venice Guided Tours


© Howard Fitzpatrick, 2009-2012.