Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia
The jewel in Venice's Renaissance art collection didn't fail to deliver and even though it's undergoing a major refurbishment the works here blew me away in terms of skill and scale. Each artist seemed to have a room dedicated to monumental works, whether it be Carpaccio, Tiepolo or Tintoretto.
But even with the heavyweights of Titian and Veronese present, including a massive version of the last supper by Titian, it was Tintoretto who dominated with a great mixture of Renaissance and Baroque art to create quite brilliant scenes.
Veronese also had a great work with his ascension of the Virgin that surpassed his Last Supper. I'm now looking forward to the exhibition at the National Gallery next year on Veronese.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
This museum had an excellent exhibition on avant garde artists with a strong focus on Pointillism that allowed me to discover Maximillien Luce - an Impressionist artist I hadn't come across and his works are stunning.
The permanent collection is also impressive with a great sculpture garden and great works by Max Ernst. The difficulty with modern art is that it was all created in an age when art had become a commodity, so even though there's no doubting the value and impact of a Picasso, Warhol, Calder, Moore or Pollock, most major modern art collections in the world will have a version of their work.
This makes it difficult to visit a modern art collection abroad and truly be taken aback. This isn't the same for classical artists in that you can't truly experience Tintoretto outside Venice, Monet outside Paris or Rembrandt outside of Amsterdam.
This is not to dismiss the Peggy Guggenheim collection because it is very good, it's just that a tourist from London, especially one as steeped in art as I am, will have seen it all before.
Santa Maria della Saluta
Another magnificent church and this one scores bonus points for being free to enter, allowing photography and having enough light for my camera to work. The works by Giordano impressed but it's the Titian (below) and the central altarpiece that are the true greats - worth the trip out to see this.
Punta della Dogana
This is a modern art collection that is sizeable and magnificently curated, curators who cram too much in take note. Here the works are allowed to breathe and visitors can immerse themselves in each artist before deciding to move on.
Even though the work was a little hit and miss, highlights include Roni Horn's buckets of water that feel as if they should spill with a heavy footstep but don't, Loris Gireaud's buzzing pulsing lights and some colossal landscapes by Zeng Fanzhi (below).