Favorite thing: The Basillica di San Marcos, stands in San Marcos Square, and along with the tower there form two sides of the square. The ornate entrance is so over decorated it is almost gaudy. From the horses above to the painting on the ceiling, there are just too many details for you to take in. You need to let your eyes take a break and then look again to see the next thing.
Fondest memory: This church was part of my everyday panorama in Venice. We stayed on Giudecca Island, where you could look across and see the church of Santa Maria della Salute and farther up, the campanile of St. Mark's Square. But right across the canal was this church, built by Dominican friars and richly decorated, including a ceiling painting by Tiepolo and a painting of the Crucifixion by Tintoretto.
Favorite thing: You can’t miss this imposing structure at the mouth of the Grand Canal. Waterbus No. 1 takes you from S. Marco and stops in front of the majestic Salute Church. The name “Salute” means health and salvation, hence the name of the church that was built in thanks for delivering the city from the plague epidemic of 1630. The interior is as somber as this photo taken on a cloudy March day. Its grandest feature is the large domed chancel and the ornate high alter sculptures. The best paintings are in the sacristy to the left of the alter. There are also dramatic ceiling paintings of Cain and Abel, the Sacrifice of Abraham and Isaac, and David and Goliath.
This floating apparition is actually a small island where you will find an church and monastery completed in 1580 and considered one of Andrea Palladio's greatest architectural achievements. There are two fine paintings there, "The Last Supper" and "The Gathering of the Manna". The monastery is now a cultural center dedicated to international exhibitions.
There is a great view from the campanile of the city and lagoon.
Favorite thing: I can think of a couple of churches in Venice that do not have that pervasive Italian bell tower, but not many. And I challenge you to find them. Otherwise, almost every major church has a bell tower. A classic renaissance feature, I remember waking to church bells every day at about 7:30 a.m. while ensconced in the Lion City.
Favorite thing: Most people arriving in Venice (especially those off the trains) are in such a rush to hop a vaporetto and steam toward the east end of the Grand Canal that they miss some interesting structures near the station itself. The station bridge is no work of art, but the nearby churches (such as the pictured green dome) are generally worth a closer study.
There is a beautiful church on the little island of San Giorgio Maggiore, which was designed by the great Renaissance architect Palladio. Unfortunately I didn't see the church itself, but only this view from a distance. There is so much to see in Venice, that it is impossible to see it all.
A nice thing to do is to take the elevator (for 2.50€) to the top of the belfry. The view from here must be great. You can see the greenery of the island itself, the lagoon, and the Doge's Palace across the way.
Surmounted by a great cupola, the octagonal basilica makes for an interesting visit: It houses a small art gallery in its sacristy, which includes a marriage feast of Cana by Tintoretto, allegorical paintings on the ceiling by Titian, a mounted St. Mark, and poor St. Sebastian with his inevitable arrow.
Hours Mar-Nov daily 9am-noon and 3-6pm (to 5:30pm Dec-Feb)
Address : Campo della Salute, Dorsoduro
Take the Vaporetto to 'Salute' to get here.
Prices :Free admission (but offering is expected); sacristy 1.50€
This is one of Venice's most historic churches, it was built by Longhena in the 17th century (work began in 1631) as an offering to the Virgin for delivering the city from the plague. Venice was devastated by a plague that exterminated 95.000 of the lagoon's population. In October 1630 the Senate decreed that a new church would be dedicated to Mary if the city were saved and the result was the Salute church (salute="salvation, health").
One nice thing to do is to go to a concert of one sort or another. These range from extreemly posh and expensive to very humble and cheap. As we stumbled through the streets we found some flyers advertizing a concerto. While Michelle and I didn't find this specific one, we did find another that night in a small church. It was relatively cheap (L10,000) but wonderful.
Fondest memory: I can't describe how wonderful it was to be one of 30 people seated in the pews around the performers. The church was dark outside of some lights for the performers. The sound completely filled the entire sanctuary. Only one thing kept it from being perfect, the pews which had to double as medieval torture devices. Just about the most uncomfortable things I have ever had the displeasure to sit in. Otherwise, the performance was quite good for the price. Apparently there are these types of things all the time. I'd recomend it in a heartbeat.
Italys coast from Triest to Venice is a paradise for familys with young people. We lived in Bibionne for two weeks and where ever we went people were nice and helpful.
Ourgreatest memory was among others the nice boattrip from Bibonne to Venice with a big yacht.
Fondest memory: That you always should dress nice if you want to attend churches in Italy. No fancy miniskirts our bare shoulders. Then you will be left out in the 'cold'
Favorite thing: Here I am again. This time at Santa Maria di Nazareth. This beautiful church is full of beautiful art work painted by Tiepolo from around 1670.
Favorite thing: was standing on the bridge over the canal, looking back....my eyes needed adjusting to this much beauty ...
Fondest memory: For the week we were there, this church was under scafolding, then suddenly one morning, it was revealled in all its glory
Favorite thing: I love looking across from St Marks square at this island, and watching it change during the day as the light catches it in different ways