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Ba­si­li­ca del Re­den­to­re Ba­sed on a pro­ject by the fa­mous ar­chi­tect An­drea Palladio, the Ba­si­li­ca was built in 1577 on the island of Giu­dec­ca. It con­tains works by Tin­to­ret­to, Ve­ro­ne­se and other im­por­tant Ve­ne­tian ar­tists. It was built to ce­le­bra­te the de­li­ve­ran­ce from the Black Dea­th, whi­ch kil­led one third of the po­pu­la­tion. To com­me­mo­ra­te the end of the pla­gue, a so­lemn fe­sti­val is still held at the chur­ch on the third Sun­day of Ju­ly. www.cho­ru­sve­ne­ Cam­po Re­den­to­re (Giu­dec­ca). T: 041 2750462. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 41 and 2 (Re­den­to­re stop). Map E6

Ba­si­li­ca di San Mar­co This is the mo­st im­por­tant Ca­tho­lic chur­ch in the ci­ty, and one of the mo­st im­por­tant mo­nu­men­ts in Ita­ly. The ori­gi­nal chur­ch dates back to be­fo­re the year 1000, whi­le its fa­mous po­ly­chro­me faça­de, em­bel­li­shed wi­th mo­saics and bas-re­liefs, is a 13th cen­tu­ry ad­di­tion. The fa­mous win­ged lion, a sym­bol of the ci­ty and of the an­cient ‘Ve­ne­tian Republic' is de­pic­ted on its pe­di­ment. In­si­de, a trium­phant ar­ray of do­mes and tran­sep­ts, mo­saics and gold, mar­ble and nu­me­rous other trea­su­res. You might ha­ve to queue for a ti­me to get in­si­de, but your wait will be well wor­th­whi­le. Al­thou­gh ad­mis­sion is free, you will ha­ve to pay to see se­ve­ral spe­ci­fic sights. In or­der not to miss your vi­sit, be su­re to in­form your­self about the opening hours, as they are of­ten su­b­ject to chan­ge. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm; Sun (and Pu­blic Ho­li­days) 2pm-4pm.­si­li­ca­san­mar­ San Mar­co, 328. T: 041 2708311. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1, 2 (San Mar­co stop).

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Cam­pa­ni­le di San Mar­co (Bell To­wer) This 98.6 me­tre bell to­wer is af­fec­tio­na­te­ly kno­wn to the Ve­ne­tians as ‘el pa­ron de casa' (the master of the hou­se) be­cau­se it do­mi­na­tes the ci­ty, ob­ser­ving eve­ry­thing that lies be­low it. Re­sting lightly on the ex­qui­si­te Log­get­ta del San­so­vi­no, it has a par­ti­cu­lar­ly re­co­gni­za­ble sha­pe and a rich hi­sto­ry. The ori­gi­nal me­die­val bell to­wer was mo­di­fied se­ve­ral ti­mes, and re­built en­ti­re­ly when it unex­pec­ted­ly col­lap­sed in 1902. It is wor­th going up to the to­wer, to en­joy a brea­th­ta­king view over the ci­ty. Al­thou­gh ad­mis­sion is not free, it is of­ten in­clu­ded in joint tic­ke­ts. Opening ti­mes are su­b­ject to chan­ge. T: 041 5225205. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 1,2 (San Mar­co stop). Map F4

Ca­nal Gran­de (Grand Ca­nal) Al­thou­gh it is kno­wn as ‘the mo­st beau­ti­ful street in the world', the Ca­nal Gran­de is the main wa­ter­way of Ve­ni­ce and mu­ch mo­re. Li­ned on bo­th si­des by an unin­ter­rup­ted se­ries of pa­la­ces, chur­ches, ho­tels, and other pu­blic buil­dings, it of­fers a jour­ney back into hi­sto­ry, evo­king the pomp and splen­dor of the an­cient Se­re­nis­si­ma. For cen­tu­ries, the Ca­nal has wit­nes­sed la­vi­sh par­ties and work­shop even­ts, re­li­gious pro­ces­sions, ca­pi­tal exe­cu­tions, hi­sto­ri­cal re­gat­tas and epi­de­mics. Tho­se vi­si­ting Ve­ni­ce should de­di­ca­te a few hours to a crui­se on the Ca­nal, not on­ly for the plea­su­re of this ex­pe­rien­ce, but be­cau­se it of­fers se­ve­ral of the be­st pa­no­ra­mic views of Ve­ne­tian pa­la­ces. It is is almost im­pos­si­ble to li­st all of them, but for mo­re in­for­ma­tion you can vi­sit the www. ca­nal­gran­de­ve­ne­ web­si­te. For ex­cur­sions and boat crui­ses vi­sit­nal­gran­, or ask your con­cier­ge.

Chie­sa del­la Ma­don­na dell'Or­to This is one of the lar­ge­st chur­ches in Ve­ni­ce, and, ac­cor­ding to po­pu­lar be­lief, is na­med af­ter a sta­tue of the Vir­gin Ma­ry whi­ch sup­po­sed­ly had mi­ra­cu­lous po­wers. It con­tains a si­gni­fi­cant num­ber of art­works, mo­stly by Tin­to­ret­to and Bel­li­ni, but al­so by Ti­tian and Pal­ma the Youn­ger. The com­plex al­so hou­ses the smal­ler chur­ch of San Mar­zia­le, da­ting back to be­fo­re the year 1000. This chur­ch can on­ly be vi­si­ted by boo­king. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. www. ma­don­na­del­lor­ Can­na­re­gio, 3512. T: 041 719933. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, A (Or­to stop). Map E2

Chie­sa and Scuo­la Gran­de di San Roc­co A Re­nais­san­ce com­plex con­si­sting of a chur­ch and ad­joi­ning pa­la­ce, it was built as a si­gn of de­vo­tion to San Roc­co who was cal­led upon to pro­tect the pla­gue-stric­ken po­pu­la­tion of Ve­ni­ce du­ring the 15th cen­tu­ry. The in­te­riors are fil­led wi­th nu­me­rous trea­su­res, in­clu­ding an im­pres­si­ve num­ber of works by Tin­to­ret­to as well tho­se by Tie­po­lo and Gior­gio­ne. Opening hours su­b­ject to chan­ge www.scuo­la­gran­de­san­roc­ San Po­lo, 3052 (Cam­po San Roc­co). T: 041 5234864. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (San To­mà stop). Map D4

Ghet­to di Ve­ne­zia Al­thou­gh do­cu­men­ta­tion chro­ni­cles the pre­sen­ce of a Jewi­sh com­mu­ni­ty in Ve­ni­ce from be­fo­re the year 1000, it was on­ly du­ring the 6th cen­tu­ry, due to po­li­ti­cal un­re­st in Eu­ro­pe and a si­gni­fi­cant in­crea­se in non-Ch­ri­stian im­mi­gran­ts that, for the fir­st ti­me, the Ve­ne­tian Se­na­te, is­sued a de­cree sta­ting that the Jewi­sh po­pu­la­tion should move to a spe­ci­fic part of the ci­ty, whe­re they could be bet­ter ‘con­trol­led'. Thus Jews we­re for­ced to move to this, then, re­mo­te nor­th­we­stern cor­ner of Ve­ni­ce, to an aban­do­ned si­te of a 14th­cen­tu­ry foun­dry (‘ghet­to' is old Ve­ne­tian dia­lect for "foun­dry," a word that would soon be used th­rou­ghout Eu­ro­pe and the world to de­pict an area whe­re iso­la­ted mi­no­ri­ty groups li­ved. The Ve­ne­tian Ghet­to ne­ver­the­less be­ca­me a th­ri­ving, vi­brant di­strict. In 1797, when Na­po­leon rol­led into to­wn, the ghet­to was di­sban­ded as an in­sti­tu­tion, and Jews we­re free to move el­sewhe­re. To­day it is still the cen­ter of Ve­ni­ce's ever-di­mi­ni­shing com­mu­ni­ty of Jewi­sh fa­mi­lies. Va­po­ret­to li­nes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 (Pon­te Gu­glie stop). Map D2

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