Madonna dell'Orto

Address: Campo Madonna dell’Orto, Cannaregio, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 2750462

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Massive Tintoretto canvasses in this pretty church in quiet northern Cannaregio.

Madonna dell’Orto is known as the Tintoretto church, for good reason. The artist – who is buried here along with his artistic daughter Marietta and son Domenico – adorned much of the 15th-century building with huge, vibrant depictions of biblical scenes.

The 16th-century master adorned the chancel with 'The Israelites at Mt Sinai' (left) and a very graphic 'Last Judgment' (right); in the apse are 'St Peter's Vision of the Cross' and 'The Beheading of St Paul' – both so full of frantic angelic movement they leave me feeling dizzy.

But one of the greatest pleasure, I find, in venturing out to this little-visited part of town is simply to wander the streets around this lovely church. It's a great rest from the crowds.

Value for money

Price advice

 €3 or with Chorus Pass (

Expert tips

Buy a Chorus Pass to reduce admission charges on the 16 participating churches.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Art