When the crowds of Saint Marks Square become too much to bear, take the short Vaperetto ride over to this tiny island across the canal. Not only is it a beautiful church with a serene garden, it also has a bell tower accessible by elevator for 5 Euro. From here you have a commanding view Saint Marks Square, the Ducale Palace,The Garden area, the Grand Canal , the Lagoon and the Giudecca canal. All this with no lines...this was one of the highlights of my visit to Venice.
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