Today is my youngest daughter Holly’s birthday and she’ll be celebrating for the first time at university.  Based in a palazzo on the Grand Canal (where else?) Venice has a university too; the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, so named because of its location in Ca’ (casa) Foscari.

This might surprise some, when one of the landmarks of Venice is Accademia and its bridge so you could be forgiven for thinking that this was the centre of academic development, but no, for like London’s Royal Academy this is an art gallery, and like so many in Italy, a gallery with an incredible collection. Here you can find Titian, Tintoretto, Hieronymus Bosch, Canaletto (of course) but above all Leonardo’s iconic drawing; Vitruvian Man.

With its own bridge, its own vaporetto stop, and directions from all over town, there’s no excuse not to visit.



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