Itinerary 3

Eclectic Venice

From Riva del Carbon to San Tomà

Churches, schools, museums and foundations: these are the parts of the mosaic that form the beating heart of Venice's cultural life. Let yourself be enchanted by the frescoes and canvases that find a home in these institutions, and immerse yourself in their timeless historical and artistic heritage.


Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Campiello dei Miracoli

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Considered by all to be like a precious treasure chest hovering over the water because of its unusual structure, the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a true jewel of Venetian Renaissance architecture. Built in the late fifteenth century, it is one of Pietro Lombardo's most famous designs.

Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo 6363

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The church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the largest church in the city, is an admirable example of Gothic religious architecture. Inside, it houses some true artistic treasures, such as the Saint Vincent Ferrer polyptych, Pietà and Annunciation by Giovanni Bellini, works by Bartolomeo Vivarini, and the altarpiece with Saint Antoninus giving alms by Lorenzo Lotto.

Scuola Grande di San Marco

Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo 6777

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The Scuola Grande di San Marco is one of the most sumptuous and harmonious works of the Venetian Renaissance. The asymmetrical façade is richly decorated with high reliefs depicting episodes from the life of the Mark the evangelist, while the interior – and in particular the sixteenth-century wooden ceiling – is richly decorated.

Church of Santa Maria Formosa

Calle Seconda de la Fava 5263

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The focal point of the campo of the same name, the church of Santa Maria Formosa was built in the seventh century by the bishop of Oderzo, Saint Magnus. Among the works preserved here are the Saint Barbara polyptych by Palma Vecchio and the Madonna of Misericordia by Bartolomeo Vivarini from Murano.

Church of San Salvador

Campo San Salvador 4826

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The church of San Salvador owes its current structure to the reconstruction carried out in 1505-1534 by Giorgio Spavento, who was succeeded by Tullio Lombardo and Jacopo Sansovino. Inside is Titian's Annunciation, a late work by the artist, dated 1556.

Palazzo Fortuny

San Marco 3958

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The atmosphere created by Mariano Fortuny is still intact in the palazzo where this brilliant artist lived. Fortuny’s garments, works and inventions, along with his important library, can be admired at the museum, which now belongs to the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Palazzo Grassi

Campo San Samuele 3231

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Owned by French tycoon François Pinault since 2005, Palazzo Grassi houses one of the city's most important collections of contemporary and modern art. Since March, it has been possible to see Marlene Dumas' solo exhibition, Open-end, which opened as part of the monographic programme dedicated to influential artists in the contemporary art scene.

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Calle della Mandola - San Marco 3716/b - Venezia
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