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  • Basilica di San Marco

    1. Basilica di San Marco

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Basilica di San Marco is not only the religious center of a great city, but also an expression of the political, intellectual, and economic...Read More

    Basilica di San Marco
  • Jewish Ghetto

    2. Jewish Ghetto

    Cannaregio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The neighborhood that gave the world the word ghetto is today a quiet area surrounding a large campo. It is home to Jewish institutions, two...Read More

    Jewish Ghetto
  • Madonna dell'Orto

    3. Madonna dell'Orto

    Cannaregio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Though built toward the middle of the 14th century, this church takes its character from its beautiful late-Gothic facade, added between 1460...Read More

    Madonna dell'Orto
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  • San Francesco della Vigna

    4. San Francesco della Vigna

    Castello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although this church contains some interesting and beautiful paintings and sculptures, it's the architecture that makes it worth the hike through...Read More

    San Francesco della Vigna
  • San Giorgio Maggiore

    5. San Giorgio Maggiore

    San Giorgio Maggiore | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There's been a church on this island since the 8th century, with the addition of a Benedictine monastery in the 10th. Today's refreshingly airy...Read More

    San Giorgio Maggiore
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  • San Sebastiano

    6. San Sebastiano

    Dorsoduro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Paolo Veronese (1528–88), though still in his twenties, was already the official painter of the Republic when he began the oil panels and frescoes...Read More

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  • San Zaccaria

    7. San Zaccaria

    Castello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    More a museum than a church, San Zaccaria has a striking Renaissance facade, with central and upper portions representing some of Mauro Codussi...Read More

    San Zaccaria
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  • Santa Maria Assunta

    8. Santa Maria Assunta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The hallowed centerpiece of Torcello, Santa Maria Assunta was built in the 11th century, and the island's wealth at the time is evident in the...Read More

    Santa Maria Assunta
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli

    9. Santa Maria dei Miracoli

    Cannaregio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tiny yet harmoniously proportioned, this Renaissance gem, built between 1481 and 1489, is sheathed in marble and decorated inside with exquisite...Read More

    Santa Maria dei Miracoli
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  • Santa Maria della Salute

    10. Santa Maria della Salute

    Dorsoduro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most iconic landmark of the Grand Canal, La Salute (as this church is commonly called) is most unforgettably viewed from the Riva degli...Read More

    Santa Maria della Salute
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  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    11. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

    San Polo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 1442, this immense Gothic church of russet-color brick, known locally as “I Frari,” is famous worldwide for its array of spectacular...Read More

    Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
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  • Santi Giovanni e Paolo

    12. Santi Giovanni e Paolo

    Castello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A venerated jewel, this gorgeous church looms over one of the most picturesque squares in Venice: the Campo Giovanni e Paolo, centered on the...Read More

    Santi Giovanni e Paolo
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  • 13. Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just past the glass museum, this is among the first churches founded by the lagoon's original inhabitants. The elaborate mosaic pavement includes...Read More

  • 14. Campo San Polo

    San Polo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Only Piazza San Marco is larger than this square, and the echo of children's voices bouncing off the surrounding palaces makes the space seem...Read More

  • Campo Santo Stefano

    15. Campo Santo Stefano

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In Venice's most prestigious residential neighborhood, you'll find one of the city's busiest crossroads just over the Accademia Bridge; it's...Read More

    Campo Santo Stefano
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  • 16. Chiesa della Pietà

    Castello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Unwanted babies were left on the steps of this religious institute, founded by a Franciscan friar in 1346. The girls were immediately taken...Read More

  • 17. Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You'll pass this church just before you reach Murano's Grand Canal (a little more than 800 feet from the landing). Reconstructed in 1511, it...Read More

  • 18. Chiostro di Sant'Apollonia

    Castello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Behind the basilica and over a bridge, a short fondamenta leads right toward the unassuming entrance of the Museo Diocesano (upstairs), housed...Read More

  • 19. Gesuati

    Dorsoduro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    When the Dominicans took over the church of Santa Maria della Visitazione from the suppressed order of Gesuati laymen in 1668, Giorgio Massari...Read More

  • Gesuiti

    20. Gesuiti

    Cannaregio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The interior walls of this early-18th-century church (1715–30) resemble brocade drapery, and only touching them will convince skeptics that...Read More


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