San Giovanni in Bragora

Address: Campo Bandiera e Moro, Castello, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 2702464

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Vivaldi's baptism certificate and some charming Veneto art works.

You can't get away from Venice without a brush with the great local Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, and this little-visited Gothic church is a good place to begin a Vivaldi pilgrimage.

The visitors who do make their way here tend to limit themselves to a peak at the register showing Vivaldi's baptism in this church, but I like to linger over the paintings by Cima da Conegliano – the 'Baptism of Christ' above the altar and 'St Helen and the Emperor Constantine' near the sacristy. The beautiful landscape in the background of the former recalls the countryside around Cima's home in Conegliano, north of Venice.

Another sight closely linked with the composer is the Piccolo Museo Antonio Vivaldi (Calle della Pietà, Castello 3701; 39 041 5222171; www.pietavenezia.org, open by appointment only, €3), located no distance at all from San Giovanni in Bragora, in the the former girls’ orphanage where he taught for 30 years.

If you're still on for more 'Four Seasons', catch a Vivaldi concert in well-advertised venues all over town.

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