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Il Redentore


Venice's first great plague church was commissioned to celebrate deliverance from the bout of 1575-77. An especially conspicuous site was chosen, one that...


La Pietà (Santa Maria della Visitazione)


By the girls' orphanage of the same name, the church of La Pietà was famous for its music. Antonio Vivaldi, violin and choir master here in the 18th...


La Zecca


The Mint, designed by Sansovino, was completed by 1547. It coined Venice's gold ducats - later referred to as zecchini, whence comes the English word...

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Madonna dell'Orto

Critics' choice

The 'Tintoretto church' was originally dedicated to St Christopher (a magnificent statue of whom stands over the main door), the patron saint of the...


Monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni

Critics' choice

Bartolomeo Colleoni was a famous condottiere (mercenary soldier) who left a legacy to the Republic on the condition that a statue be erected to him in front...

Tags: Monument

Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana & Museo Archeologico

Attractions, Museums

Museo Correr The Museo Correr is Venice's civic museum, dedicated to the history of the Republic. Based on the private collection of Venetian nobleman...

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Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Art, Attractions, Museums

This Renaissance palazzo and its art collection were bequeathed to Venice by Giovanni Querini, a 19th-century scientist, man of letters and silk producer...

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Museo dell'Istituto Ellenico

Attractions, Museums

The adjacent church of San Giorgio dei Greci was a focal point for the Greek community, which was swollen by refugees after the Turkish capture of...

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Oratorio dei Crociferi


Founded in the 13th century by Doge Renier Zeno, the oratory is a sort of primitive scuola, with the familiar square central meeting hall but without the...

Cannaregio 4905

Palazzo Ducale

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

An unobtrusive side door halfway down the right wall of the nave in San Marco leads straight into the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)....

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Palazzo Fortuny

Art, Attractions

This charming 15th-century palazzo, which belonged to Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949), has been undergoing restoration and...

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Palazzo Grassi


This superbly - though boringly - regular 18th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal was bought in 2005 from the Italian car maker Fiat by French billionaire...

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Palazzo Grimani

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Inaugurated in December 2008 after a restoration process lasting 27 years, this magnificent palazzo is the most significant new museum to open in Venice for...

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Palazzo Zenobio


Built towards the end of the 17th century to a design by Antonio Gaspari, Palazzo Zenobio's broad façade and two wings extending backwards, making it...

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San Cassiano


This church has a singularly dull exterior and a heavily decorated interior, with a striking ceiling (which has been freshly restored) by the Tiepolesque...

San Polo
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