San Giorgio Maggiore

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Isola di San Giorgio, Venice

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San Giorgio Maggiore
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By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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expert-rated things to do in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
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Recommended for:
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

Palladio's elegant church offers a spectacular view.

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;, 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.

Price advice: 

The bell tower (there's a lift) costs €3. The church is free.

Expert tips: 
If you're travelling with children, they'll enjoy being in the bell tower for the the noisy noon bell-ringing session.

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

Have you been to San Giorgio Maggiore? Would you recommended it?