Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
4.5
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10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
13:00 - 18:00
About
Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," the "Assumption" and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, Saint John the Baptist by Donatello.
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Neighbourhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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  • Sanski66
    Espoo, Finland371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth checking
    If and when you have seen a lot of great decorated churches (including the one in Vatican), is there a need to see more? Not if you ask me 😊. But when you travel, it’s good to see some. This is what we decided to see and it was much more than you think from the outside.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Rae Rae C
    295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tiziano amazing work
    This is a beautiful basilica and the art it contains is gorgeous and of huge historical significance. The Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) “The Assumption” is breathtaking. Recommend getting the audio guide for additional information about the basilica and the art.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Santosh N
    Atlanta, Georgia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing - the Frari Church
    This basilica is worth seeing. Titian is the featured artist here and a few of his masterpieces adorn the main altar (Assumption) and one Madonna painting on the side. He was also entombed here. Donatello and Bellini are also featured. The basilica is very open and welcoming - quite different from San Marco’s.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • kbtbsbbb
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art is amazing
    Highly recommend visiting the Frari Basilica. Bellini's artwork beautiful and the colors are vivid. The outside is very unassuming; the inside is peaceful with great architecture and art. It is also located in a peaceful, less touristy section of Venice which makes for a great opportunity to explore more of the great city.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 16 May 2023
  • NYRickWeber
    New York City, New York184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local Basilica with A LOT of history
    Very quiet, away from all the tourists. This church was loaded with paintings from the 12th century on and very historical. You really felt like you stepped back in time and were just part of the local community going to mass.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • drprincesskaren
    Heathsville, Virginia40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alter artwork you will not want to miss
    The masterpiece at the alter is something you cannot miss. I could not take my eyes off the painting. The church is full of artwork and the smaller chapels are spiritually moving. Please don't miss spending some time in this Basilica.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Kai C
    Half Moon Bay, California1,268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing
    One of my favorite churches in Venice, a spectacular example of Venetian gothic style. It of course has the 2 Tizians, but also a Donatello and a Bellini (which is in the sacristy and not available when I visited). Incredible statuary (includes 4 enormous blacks shouldering a marble freeze, an enormous and amazing gothic screen, and evidence of early (6th century) Christian frescoes; monumental funeral statuary of early doges (Foscari etc). Truly amazing.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 January 2024
  • John P
    Melbourne, Australia1,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lasting joy!
    No matter how often one visits Venice there are favourite friends you just have to see and in my book the Frari is one of those! One can enthuse about Titian and Bellini but really to my mind it is the wonderful ensemble, it’s enormous scale, the bricks, the numerous beautiful memorials, that of Canova especially elegant and beautiful in my mind, the sun of all its parts rather than any individual pieces. I do hope I get to come back a further time, it is delightful inside and out!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
No matter how often one visits Venice there are favourite friends you just have to see and in my book the Frari is one of those! One can enthuse about Titian and Bellini but really to my mind it is the wonderful ensemble, it’s enormous scale, the bricks, the numerous beautiful memorials, that of Canova especially elegant and beautiful in my mind, the sun of all its parts rather than any individual pieces. I do hope I get to come back a further time, it is delightful inside and out!
Written 17 January 2024
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
One of my favorite churches in Venice, a spectacular example of Venetian gothic style. It of course has the 2 Tizians, but also a Donatello and a Bellini (which is in the sacristy and not available when I visited). Incredible statuary (includes 4 enormous blacks shouldering a marble freeze, an enormous and amazing gothic screen, and evidence of early (6th century) Christian frescoes; monumental funeral statuary of early doges (Foscari etc). Truly amazing.
Written 8 January 2024
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trip294458
Bucharest, Romania91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I was impressed with this Basilica which is very big amd very beautiful. You should definitely visit it!
Written 25 August 2023
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GAR
221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is one of the most beautiful basilicas in Venice. There is a lot to see here and it’s well explained by the pamphlet offered on entrance
Written 21 August 2023
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drprincesskaren
Heathsville, VA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The masterpiece at the alter is something you cannot miss. I could not take my eyes off the painting. The church is full of artwork and the smaller chapels are spiritually moving. Please don't miss spending some time in this Basilica.
Written 6 July 2023
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Amit
Kolkata (Calcutta), India21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Basilica has well preserved some of the great architecture, paintings and artecrafts. It gives good learning about the Italian history.
Written 19 June 2023
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NYRickWeber
New York City, NY184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Very quiet, away from all the tourists. This church was loaded with paintings from the 12th century on and very historical. You really felt like you stepped back in time and were just part of the local community going to mass.
Written 19 June 2023
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Anthony
New York City, NY897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
While it is nowhere as big or famous as St. Mark’s Basilica, this church has many beautiful pieces of artwork and is well worth a visit. The church and its surrounding area were nowhere as crowded as St. Mark’s Square giving it a much different vibe compared to the more popular parts of Venice.

We purchased tickets on-site where there was no wait. An audio guide can be purchased separately that was quite helpful. Photos without flash were allowed. We did not notice any toilets inside though.
Written 2 June 2023
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kbtbsbbb
Oklahoma City, OK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Highly recommend visiting the Frari Basilica. Bellini's artwork beautiful and the colors are vivid. The outside is very unassuming; the inside is peaceful with great architecture and art. It is also located in a peaceful, less touristy section of Venice which makes for a great opportunity to explore more of the great city.
Written 16 May 2023
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Kenneth E
Erwin, TN505 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
There are plenty of other churches to see that are free. Even the free churches, i always give a small donation too when visiting. This church charges €5 for adults and €2 for kids or students. So my family of 4 was €14. I know that doesn't sound like much, but with everything else doing, it adds up.
Written 9 May 2023
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