On the morning of our last day in Venice, Mark and I visited the Peggy Guggenheim Museum which turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Guggenheim was a famous New York socialite and an avid art collector. Especially fond of modern art she acquired quite an impressive collection over the years, including pieces from famous artists such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Dali and many more. Her private collection is now exhibited at her old Venetian residence – a gorgeous palazzo by the Grand Canal.
Since I adore modern art, I was very excited when we walked through the museum door.
We started our visit with the courtyard which contained many beautiful sculptures.
…but the real gems were inside the main house.
I honestly could have spent the whole day in this museum without getting bored. Every piece was just more amazing than the next. Unfortunately, the museum was getting busy by the time we got inside so I didn’t want to be that person that blocks everyone’s view for hours on end.
Thankfully, we were allowed to take photos so I quickly took pics of my favorites. Of course, looking at a picture is never quite the same as seeing a piece of art in real life but it’s still a nice keepsake.
The house itself was stunning so it’s not surprising that Peggy decided to spend the end of her life here.
Overall, I think my two favorite paintings were the ones below by Picasso and Magritte.
There was something really beautiful and mysterious about the Magritte painting and for some some reason its somewhat simple image stayed with me for days.
On the terrace, there was a sculpture that really caught me by surprise – it depicted a man on a horse, his hands victoriously thrown in the air, and with a
huge fully erect penis. It actually took me three tries to get a ‘chaste’ photo of it…not that I’m a prude or anything but my mother reads this blog after all ;)
After the museum, we wandered around the Dorsoduro and San Polo area for a while.
We were starting to get hungry by that point so when we noticed a few people walking by with delicious looking seafood paper cones in their hands, we decided to hunt down the place that was selling them. It turned out to be a cute hole-in-the-wall type place with the owner cheerfully selling freshly fried seafood from the window. We ordered a cone each which came with piping hot polenta. Someone happened to be playing the accordion in a piazza nearby so we enjoyed our food sitting on a public bench and listening to lovely music. Who needs a Michelin star restaurant really? :)
I also may or may not have bought (and eaten) a lot of chocolate from this store. If so, there is no photographic evidence so it’s like it never happened really.
We then walked some more and decided to go to the Rialto bridge to wait for the sunset.
The Rialto bridge is always very crowded so we mostly avoided that area during our stay but it’s true that the view is definitely worth braving the crowds for.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel and go to the airport.
This time around, we had the whole water taxi to ourselves so I must admit we felt pretty special riding at high speed to the airport! A couple of Spritzs at the aiport bar and we were ready to leave beautiful Venice. But we’ll be back…one day.