Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Travel Guide

  • Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Campanille.
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Things to Do

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    by Jerelis Written May 9, 2012

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    The main feature of this island, located accross the canal from Piazza San Marco (San Marco Square), is the large and impressive Chiesa e Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore. Without a doubt, this monumental complex is among the most important in the world - for its vastness as well as it artistic value. It's definately the materpiece of Andrea Pallido, a great Renaissance architect from nearby Vicenza. It's built in 1566 inside a Benedictine monastery, that was erected in 1000.

    When we entered it we saw that the interior of the church had large whitewashed surfaces, it was stark but majestic. It's and unadorned but harmonious space. The main altar is flanked by two paintings by Tintoretto. We went through the doorway to the right of the choir leading us to the Cappella dei Marti (Chapel of the Dead). To the left of the choir is an elevator that you can take to the top of the Campanile. The charge was €3.-, but we didn't do it as the weather had changed so much and the view would be so bad.

    We must admit that our visit to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore was shorter as planned, but it was well worth it. We didn't wasnt to miss this spiritual as well cultural centre.

    Operating hours:
    Every day:
    10:00 - 12:30
    14:15 - 17:30

    Address:
    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
    Venice, 30133

    Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore.
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    by Jerelis Written May 9, 2012

    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore has enjoyed periods of wealth and prosperity as well as survived every sort of trail and tribulation. The vaparetto stop is derictly in front of the impressive Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore. This stately monastery spans the entire history of Venice, from her origins to her fall. In fact, it can be said that it began with Venice and ended with her.

    We decided to explore the island first as the sun was still shining, but some grey and even blacks clouds were at the horizon. We walked to the back of the monastery and saw a handful of remaining Benedictine monks. Our goal was to have a look at the Teatro Verde, but we were not able to reach it, because some heavy construction work that was done. All the equipment was blocking the road and we didn't see anybody that could help us. Maybe it was for the best as at that time it started to rain heavily and via the Bacino (harbour of the island) we rapidly went back to the entrance of the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore.

    Our little and short hike over the island made it very clear to us that the monastery was the only building on the entire island, but worth a visit!

    Operating hours:
    Every day:
    10:00 - 12:30
    14:15 - 17:30

    Address:
    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
    Venice, 30133

    Going towards the Isola by Vaparetto. Piazza San Marco as seen from the island.
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    by Jerelis Written May 9, 2012

    During our entire stay in the city of Venice we thought that the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore was quite a fascinating place. We read that "The waters of the St. Mark's Basin mirror the majesty and splendour of the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore." and it's really like that. When we were at the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) we had a clear view at it and we're already wondering how it would be on that particular island. We wondered about it once again when we were all the way up the Campanile and looked down at it. During other hikes in the sestieres of Castello and Dorsoduro we still could see it. Finally our curiosity had another huge impuls when we stopped for a short time for the vaparetto stop on our way to the island of Lido. By then we made the decision, it was about time to visit the island.

    On one of the last day of our honeymoon we took the vaparetto number 82 and finally we ended up at Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, at the island directly opposite of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace). Now it was time to find out whether our effort was worth it.

    Operating hours:
    Every day:
    10:00 - 12:30
    14:15 - 17:30

    Address:
    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
    Venice, 30133

    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Piazza. Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Campanille.
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Nightlife

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    by DAO Updated May 26, 2006

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    THE CHURCH CLOSES AT 6:30 PM.

    However, this would be a great view of St Marks Square at night. Just remember that the Water Bus only comes once an hour at night - all night.

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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Transportation

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    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Vaporetto (water bus) line ‘N’ or 82 comes here at least once an hour - 24 hours a day. It is just 1 stop away from Vaporetto stop ‘ San Zaccaria/Pieta (near St Marks Square). This is the cheap way to get here.

    If you have lot's of money - take the Water Taxi.

    THE WATER BUS AND A BUS STOP BUS IN THE GRAND CANAL THE LITTLE BUS THAT COULD ALMOST ALWAYS FULL ALL ABOARD !!!!
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Local Customs

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    by Jerelis Written May 9, 2012

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Italy is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Italy with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in Italy generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

    Two round pins system.
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Warnings and Dangers

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    by DAO Updated May 26, 2006

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    THERE IS A TOILET ON THE ISLAND!

    It is in the Church. Hope you don’t arrive when it is closed for 2 hours at lunch. And they don’t tell you where it is and there are no signs. There are some corners around the Church if you really need it…

    Just ask where it is.

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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Tourist Traps

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    by DAO Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    THERE IS A TOILET ON THE ISLAND!

    It is in the Church. Hope you don’t arrive when it is closed for 2 hours at lunch. And they don’t tell you where it is and there are no signs. There are some corners around the Church if you really need it....

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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written May 9, 2012

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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