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Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)

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Address: Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 523 5913
07:30 - 18:30
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One of my favourite churches in Venice

This is a very large and very pretty church. I was quite surprised how many churches in Venice loked quite plain inside. This was not the case with Ss. Giovanni e Paolo. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 April 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a very large and very pretty church. I was quite surprised how many churches in Venice loked quite plain inside. This was not the case with Ss. Giovanni e Paolo. The church is beautiful from the outside but really amazing inside. The entry is free and you can wonder around looking at all the beautiful paintings and statues.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Take your time with this church, it has a dignity and sense of citizenship closely linked to the city and its history.

Thank Sara W
Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

I am by no means a religious person, but I can appreciate magnificent architecture and the weight of history in a place such as this. My wife & I visited many of the churches in Venice during our short stay in the city, and we both enjoyed this one the most. It's an odd location type to review, but the... More 

Thank Andrew S
Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

One of the grand cathedrals in Venice is the Santi Giovannie Paolo. Its historical architecture surely contributed to the City’s tourist attraction. It’s not close to many famous artworks though but worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

Lovely feeling to this Piazza. Although busy we loved it here. Went for a warming brandy at the Florian, accompanied by piano and violin. Lovely relaxing and very expensive but worth it.

Thank Karina H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

This church may not feature on many top lists largely because it's away from the main sights and may not feature any artists greatest works. But the consistency and quality of art and architecture of this church made it the hidden gem of my visit.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Don't miss the beautiful painting by Lorenzo Lotto amidst all the tombs of the Doges! It is a delightful gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Worth the stroll to see this amazing cathedral with the tombs of many Doges. This is a surprise experience amongst so many amazing cathedrals in Venice.

Thank Ian2009
Northumberland, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The church here is vast but uncluttered inside. The resting place of many of the Doge's and at 2 euros not expensive to look around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Unfortunately it is covered in scaffolding for some much-needed restoration, but the inside is still worth a look. It's big.

Thank aterhune

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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