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San Giorgio Island tour: the labyrinth of senses and spirituality

Availability: Saturday
Duration: 2 hours
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  • Breathtaking views over St. Mark's Square and Venetian Lagoon
  • Go up to San Giorgio Bell Tower and explore San Giorgio monastery
  • Step across time through cloisters and sacred atmospheres
  • Admire the Genius of Palladio and priceless art masterpieces
What to expect

Visit the most photographed island of the Venetian lagoon and glimpse the authentic Venice that is inexorably vanishing, before it has completely gone.

Only a few minutes boat ride divide the noisy St. Mark’s Square from the peaceful and picturesque island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the most photographed sights of Venice, with breathtaking views over the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica and St. Mark Basin. This is a monastery-complex that the Benedictine order commissioned Andrea Palladio to build, and today still shines in all of its beauty and light.

This important Benedectine monastery was built on a small island and it is designed around the church and two cloisters. Just get lost into the tiny paths on the island, fully experiencing the spirituality that still lingers here. Admire priceless art masterpieces, and literally step into history.

The tour will start with a visit to the San Giorgio Abbey, amazing masterpiece by Andrea Palladio where still lives a small comunity of Benedectine monks. Here, you will admire the priceless works of art of Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane, Carpaccio, and many more.

After this walk across history and tradition, you will be escorted to the top of San Giorgio bell tower. Just one piece of advice: prepare you cameras well loaded since the view from here is one of the most beautiful in Venice. A breathtaking view over St Mark’s Square, the Salute Church, and the Venetian lagoon extends till the eye can see.

Follows a visit to the prestigious Cini Foundation, a non-profit cultural institution located on the small island and keeper of incomparable heritage. It will be a charming itinerary which will take you among courtyards of the Renaissance and the majesty of the Baroque, timeless cloisters and monumental libraries keepers of immortal knowledge.

Stepping through the Palladian Cloister, the Cypress Cloister, the Palladian Refectory, the Longhena Staircase, the Manica Lunga (once the Benedectine dormitory turned into the central library of the Foundation), the Longhena Library, will be like stepping back in time, to a dimension of that Venice that is inexorably vanishing but still preserving tradition and an historical heritage of inestima-ble value.

The picturesque Borges Labyrinth, designed by architect Randoll Coate will also be admired during the tour. After the visit you will be free to spend time exploring the Island or go ahead with your Venice trip schedule, worth a visit is the “Glass Tea House” by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, a temporary pavilion and architectural work of art.

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What's included
  • Skip-the-line access to San Giorgio Church, San Giorgio Bell Tower and Cini Foundation
  • Guided visit to San Giorgio Abbey
  • Go up to San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Guided visit to Cini Foundation
  • All entrance tickets
What's not included
  • Guided service while on top of the bell tower
  • Transportation to San Giorgio Maggiore (4 minutes public transportation boat ride from St. Mark's Square area)
Reduced price
  • Children 0-2 years old: free of charge
  • Children 3-13 years old: reduced price

Fondamenta S. Giovanni, 11, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:
  • 09.45am at San Giorgio water bus stop
  • Please be sure to get at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before tour starting time
What to remember
  • Please note that a local tour leader will escort you throughout the tour, and at Cini Foundation you will be guided by a specialized tour guide.
  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the monastery (no bare knees or shoulders).
  • Please note that San Giorgio Island can be reached by a 4-minutes vaporetto ride (LINE 2 public transportation) from St. Mark San Zaccaria stop. It is advised to buy transportation ticket also for return journey if you don't have daily ticket.
  • Please note that no refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals. The tour will take place also with rain, in the event of exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and refund will be provided.
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  • Saturday 10.00am
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