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Santa Maria della Fava

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St Mary of the Bean - the name refers to a popular bean cake produced by a bakery that stood nearby - is on one of the quieter routes between the Rialto and...

Castello

Santa Maria della Salute

Critics' choice
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This magnificent Baroque church, queening it over the entrance of the Grand Canal, is almost as recognisable an image of Venice as St Mark's or the Rialto...

Dorsoduro
FreeMajor venue

Santa Maria della Visitazione

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Confusingly, this has the same name as the Vivaldi church on the riva degli Schiavoni - though the latter is usually known as La Pietà. Santa Maria della...

Dorsoduro

Santa Maria Formosa

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In the pre-Freudian seventh century, St Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo, had a vision in which the Virgin appeared as a buxom (formosa) matron, and a church was...

Castello

Santa Maria Mater Domini

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This church is set just off the campo of the same name. It was built in the first half of the 16th century to a commission by either Giovanni Buora or...

Santa Croce

Sant'Alvise

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A pleasingly simple Gothic building of the 14th century, Sant'Alvise's interior was remodelled in the 1600s with extravagant, if not wholly convincing,...

Cannaregio

Sant'Elena

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The red-brick Gothic church of Sant'Elena contains no great works of art (the church was deconsecrated in 1807, turned into an iron foundry, and not opened...

Castello 3

Santi Apostoli

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According to tradition, the 12 apostles appeared to the seventh-century Bishop of Oderzo, St Magnus, telling him to build a church where he saw 12 cranes...

Cannaregio

Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

Critics' choice
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Santi Giovanni e Paolo was founded by the Dominican order in 1246 but not finished until 1430. Between 1248 and 1778, 25 doges were buried here. The vast...

Castello
Major venue

Santi Maria e Donato

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Although altered by over-enthusiastic 19th-century restorers, the exterior of this church is a classic of the Veneto-Byzantine style, with an ornate blind...

Campo San Donato

Santo Stefano

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Santo Stefano is an Augustinian church, built in the 14th century and altered in the 15th. The façade has a magnificent portal in the florid Gothic style....

San Marco
Free

Telecom Italia Future Centre

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The 16th-century cloisters of the monastery of San Salvador underwent a thorough restoration in the 1980s, to provide a showcase for the latest offerings of...

San Marco 4826
Free