San Giorgio Maggiore Travel Guide

  • San Giorgio Maggiore
    San Giorgio Maggiore
    by suvanki
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
    San Giorgio Maggiore
    by suvanki
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
    San Giorgio Maggiore
    by suvanki

San Giorgio Maggiore Things to Do

  • San Giorgio Maggiore

    Most people probably visit this church after having viewed it from across the water, and been attracted to its Palladian style. Others to take in the views from its Campanile (bell tower). My trip was for both reasons.My visit was extra special- being Christmas Day morning, as all the church bells across Venice were taking it in turns to ring out a...

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  • The Campanille

    After visiting the basilica, pay 3 euros and take the lift to the campanille and enjoy its views that offers of Venice, is cheaper than the campanille in St Marks and is not crowed of tourist.Después de visitar la basilica, paga 3 euros, coge el ascensor hasta el campanario y disfruta de las vistas que son una pasada, es mas barato que el...

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  • Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore

    The Basilica was begun in 1566, and was not entirely finished before the death of Palladio in 1580. The facade was continued by Vincenzo Scamozzi based on the original architect's designs and completed in 1610.La basilica actual se empezó a construir en 1566 y no fue acabada antes de la muerte de Palladio en 1580. La fachada la continuó Vicenzo...

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  • Isola San Giorgio Maggiore

    Its only a litte island as you can see looking across from St Marks basin but well worth a short detour on the vaporetta - make sure you get the right water bus stand, there ae so many on the quayside in this area by the bridge of Sighs and sometimes the same number water bus has a different stand for the night service just to complicate...

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  • Choirstalls

    The interior of the church is peaceful and solemn - except for the two glorious paintings by Tintoretto in 1594 entilted the "Last Supper" and "The Gathering of the Manna" on the chancel walls. The choirstalls were amazing and intricately carved - rows of lions here! They reminded me of the choirstalls in Chester Cathedral much nearer to my home...

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  • View of Venice

    There is no ticket office for the bell tower in the church - simply give your euros to the monk in the lift who will escort you to the top of the tower. Its only a small lift so just a few at a time allowed. From the top are the best views of Venice - the area seen here is part of Castello.

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  • Grand Canal Entrance

    The view that enthralled me the most from the bell tower was the view looking across to the entrance of the Grand Canal and the visible dome of Santa Maria Salute - the notable venetian landmark. I could have stood for ages watching the boat traffic navigating St Marks basin and right in the distance huge ships were visible..

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  • Monastery

    There has been a monastery on this island of san Giorgio Maggiore since 982, although the current buildings date from the 16th century. Today the monastery is a scientific and cultural foundation and a conference centre - open Mondays - Fridays by appointement only. At the rear is the open air ampitheatre Teatro Verde.

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  • Bell Tower View

    Make sure you fork out the 3 euros to ascend the lift in the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore. The views out to the monastery and the neighbouring island of Guidecca provide a new perspective of Venice not often seen.

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  • View of St Marks

    Pick your time carefully to vist the campanile - at the bottom of the lift is a list of times when the bell chimes, the number of bells used andnumber of chimes. Fortunately for us it was only one o'clock as we emerged from the lift at the top - even so the unexpected single clang made us jump! The views from the top are lovely - perhaps finer than...

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  • Lighthouses

    To the side of the church is a small marina with 2 lighthouses on guard. Its a pleasant stroll around here with fine views across to St Marks - the quieter way to appreciate it!

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  • San Giorgio

    The vaporetta stops just outside the church here on this quiet little island - its strange to imagine the tourists which are flocking into St St Marks square just across the basin. An ancient vineyard and saltpans made way for this splendid church, looking like a greek temple, by Andrea Palladio. The church was built as part of the Benedictine...

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San Giorgio Maggiore Restaurants

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    by suvanki Updated Jan 24, 2009

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    Again, unless you're berthed up in your yacht/ Gin Palace in the marina on this island- there's no where to eat or drink.

    Then again , you're less than 10 minutes away from Giudecca or Venice itself, with plenty of restaurants/ cafes/ bars/ shops.

    In the height of summer, it might be as well to have a bottle of water with you.

    As you're not allowed to eat your own food in Piazza San Marco, you could bring your picnic here, and enjoy the views across to Venice!
    Buy food in the supermarkets - or the shops near the Rialto markets will make up cheese or cold meat sandwiches - or a selection of anti pasti. A good place to buy fruit or salad stuff etc.

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San Giorgio Maggiore Nightlife

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    by DAO Updated Mar 18, 2007

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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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San Giorgio Maggiore Transportation

  • THE VAPORETTO

    The Vaporetto (water bus) line '2' 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.

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  • Vaporetto Number 2 route

    The only way to get to Isola San Giorgio Maggiore (unless you have your own boat or can afford a water taxi) is by vaporettoSo head to San Zaccaria , and look for the one for No. 2 route vaporetto station. (This is the only route to the island If you haven't got a ticket, purchase one from the ticket office at the stop). There are different tariffs...

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  • Vaporetto

    From Venice, the only way to go to San Giorgio Maggiore is in Vaporetto the water bus. The only one that goes there is number 2, it does every 20 minutes. If you wan more information about vaporetto ask to the staff in some vaporetto stop and they will inform you. Si vas desde Venecia a San Giorgio la Maggiore, la única manera es en vaporetto. El...

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San Giorgio Maggiore Warnings and Dangers

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    by DAO Written May 27, 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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San Giorgio Maggiore Tourist Traps

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    by DAO Updated Mar 18, 2007

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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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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Religious Travel

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