Itinerary 2

To the heart of Venice

From the Rialto market to Riva del Vin

Modern and contemporary art, tributes to Oriental and Western culture: stroll through the calli of the San Polo and Santa Croce districts and discover the cultural heritage at the heart of Venice.


Church of San Giacomo di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto

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Recognised as the oldest church in Venice, the church of San Giacomo is located on one side of the campo of the same name and has always been a place of rest and devotion for passing artisans, street-sellers and merchants.

Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario

Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni

The church of San Giovanni Elemosinario, completely incorporated into the surrounding houses, is a small jewel in Venice’s heritage. Rebuilt to a design by Scarpagnino, its interior houses Saint John the Almoner by Titian and Saint John the Almoner by Palma Giovane.

Church of San Cassiano

Calle dei Morti

Overlooking the campo of the same name, the church of San Cassiano is distinguished by its squat and disproportionate structure which dates back to the twelfth century. Inside, you can admire the Three Stories of Saint Cassian by painter Andrea Schiavone and the altarpiece in the main altar chapel with the Resurrection of Christ and Saints Cassian and Cecilia by Jacopo Tintoretto.

Church of San Stae

Salizada San Stae 1982

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The church of San Stae is distinguished by its harmonious and richly decorated façade, dominated by three statues representing Faith, Hope and the Redeemer. Inside you can admire the Martyrdom of St Bartholomew by Giambattista Tiepolo and the Martyrdom of St James the Greater by Giambattista Piazzetta.

Church of San Giacomo dall’Orio

Campo San Giacomo da l'Orio 1587

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Considered one of the oldest in the city, the church of San Giacomo dall'Orio is characterised by an austere exterior and a warm atmosphere inside. This is where the Madonna and Child between Saints James, Andrew, Cosmas and Damian, one of the rare works by Lorenzo Lotto in the lagoon, is to be found.

Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna

Santa Croce 2076

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Overlooking the Grand Canal, the museum houses Venice’s Galleria di Arte Moderna, with a collection of over five thousand modern works comprising paintings, sculptures and graphic works. Thanks to the City’s first acquisitions at the 1897 Biennale and donations in more recent years, some of the greatest artists of the last century are on display here: Vassily Kandinsky, Adolfo Wildt, Joan Mirò and Umberto Boccioni, for example, as well as Gustav Klimt with his famous Judith.

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Church of San Polo

Salizada San Polo 2023

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Built in Romanesque style, the church of San Polo is a veritable treasure trove of art. Within, you can admire works by Paolo Veronese, the Last Supper by Jacopo Tintoretto and a cycle of canvases dedicated to the Via Crucis by Giandomenico Tiepolo.

Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo

Santa Croce 1992

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The Museo del tessuto e del costume (Textile and Costume Museum), since 2013 renovated and enriched with a section dedicated to perfume, is characterised by an enchanted atmosphere evoking the daily life of the patriciate. Among precious antique clothes and accessories, it is possible to get a glimpse of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Venice.

Museum of Oriental Art

Santa Croce 2076

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Located on the third floor of Ca’ Pesaro, the MAOV has housed an important collection of Japanese, Chinese and South-East Asian works since the 1920s. On display are Japanese weapons and armour from the Edo period, paintings on paper and silk and precious embroidered clothes, musical instruments, jades and porcelain of various manufactures, Burmese lacquerware, batik fabrics and leather puppets from the wayang, the Indonesian shadow theatre.

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Fondazione Prada Venice

Calle Corner 2215

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Spread over three floors, Ca' Corner della Regina has housed the Venetian headquarters of the Fondazione Prada since 2011. In addition to having financed its conservative restoration, the Foundation has over the years presented ten temporary projects in the historic palazzo.

Natural History Museum

Salizada del Fontego dei Turchi 1730

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Inaugurated in 1923, Venice’s Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum) houses the fossil collection of the entrepreneur and palaeontologist Giancarlo Ligabue, together with many scientific collections relating mainly to the flora and fauna of the lagoon. In promoting the active participation of its visitors, the Museum organises various exhibitions and educational activities, as well as offering permanent education services.

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