San Giorgio Maggiore
Isola di San Giorgio, Venice
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- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Romance
Expert review of San Giorgio Maggiore
The church of San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the greatest creations of 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio – a masterpiece in itself, enhanced also by its superb position facing across the water from its island perch towards St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco).
In the luminous interior are works by Tintoretto ('The Last Supper' and 'The Gathering of Manna' in the chancel, the master's last painting 'The Entombment' in the Morti chapel) and by Sebastiano Ricci and Jacopo Bassano.
But my favourite bit of this wonderful church is the campanile (bell tower).
There are few good places for a bird’s-eye view of La Serenissima: these include the campanile (open daily; €8, €4 concessions) and the Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower; +39 041 5209070; www.museiciviciveneziani.it, open daily for guided tours, €12, €7 concessions) in St Mark’s Square. But the campanile attached to San Giorgio Maggiore has the advantages of being cheaper than both of these, at €3, and set slightly outside of the centre so giving you the impression you have the whole of Venice stretched out in front of you.
The bell tower (there's a lift) costs €3. The church is free.
More information on San Giorgio Maggiore:
- Price guide:
- Landmark / monument, Religious site, Viewpoint
- Isola di San Giorgio, Venice
- 041 5227827
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- 9.30am-12.30pm, 2.30-5pm Mon-Sat. 2.30-5pm Sun.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Tintoretto, Palladio