San Giorgio Maggiore

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Neighborhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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J H
Toronto, Canada43 contributions
San Giorgio Maggiore is a short Vaporetto ride across the water from San Marco station and it's simply not to be missed!
My daughter and I travelled there while in Venice and it was definitely one of the highlights. The church is lovely and the scenic display from the bell tower is overwhelming. I realized, while taking my own photos, that I was seeing Venice in one of its most iconic "postcard" settings. You can take a nice stroll around the island and there is a wonderful cafe that serves fine fare at a pretty reasonable price.
The weather was gorgeous when we were there at the end of Sept. 2019 which made it an extra special trip. Venice itself lives up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular destinations in the world, and I am hopeful that they can recover from the devastating floods that occurred later in 2019.
Written February 1, 2020
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ835 contributions
The church is large, airy, and even feels a bit empty. There are uniform painting-centric chapels with few decorations, plus an impressive choir. Going up the campanile is the main highlight (requires a fee).
Written July 6, 2022
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Barb L
Dunedin, New Zealand465 contributions
A short vaporetto ride from St Marks to see a church, stunning views of venice and a glass museum.

The bell tower has a lift and it is 6 euro each, however the views are like nothing else you can see in Venice. The bells toll every hlaf hour and are loud when in the bell tower but not deafening and add to the experience.

The glass museum is free and also has bathroom facilties
Written February 9, 2020
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY587 contributions
We went in the afternoon, and had an excellent view of Venice. Much of this Island is not really places for the tourist, we walked along and past the boat docs to the alleys behind it and everything was gated off or closed. The Abbey of San Giorgio was open, but some of the other buildings closed earlier than we had noted so we could not see them either. We did see a garden which was well maintained, but not something you would specifically take a trip to view. The belltower view is what you go here to see more than anything and it isn't as busy as the rest of Venice which was nice.
Written September 10, 2021
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Dale-icious
Manchester, UK414 contributions
Offering spectacular panoramic views, some would say 'the best in Venice'. Despite being in full view from Piazza San Marco, the bell tower sees fewer visitors than that of St. Mark's Campanile, and as a result is a great way to enjoy Venice from above, without the crowds.

San Giorgio Maggiore is accessible by Vaporetto Water Bus Line No. 2.

Tip: Within the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, guests will find a gift shop where monks sell some of the best (and inexpensive) sparkling wine that I had the pleasure of drinking whilst staying in Venice.
Written August 8, 2020
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juliebarrett1964
London, UK309 contributions
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Covid times, tours not that frequent, so suggest morning. My uncle and I, did al three tours. 25 euros with viual, audio guide. One cannot visit anything else bar the Church and bell tower alone. The Vatican chapels are from a competition set in parkland, if you are not into architecture leave this bit out so tour is cheaper. The Foundation is in use, so visiting is guided, lovely architecture and the best fun bit, just because, is the labyrinth, so one can also see the amazing library. Boat taxis 10 euros return from St Marco. Island has coffee shop and the bell tower, 6 euros, has a better, far superiror view thatn the one at St Marco. A nice morning or afternoon away from the crowds. Alicia was a great guide, audio and visual in various languages.
Written October 27, 2021
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Glennis67
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Couples
Catch the vaporetto (bus) to San Giorgio and enter the church. Towards the back left is the bell tower and has a lift! Costs €6 each to go up and you are not limited to time. The bells go off every half hour - loud but not deafening!

Lovely place to watch the sunset
Written January 19, 2020
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK656 contributions
Couples
Went today at about 3pm.time limited as our Vaporetto pass was soon to run out. Walk through the church to the bell tower payment kiosk, and queued for over a minute before getting admission for 6 euros each. Up to the viewing platform in the lift. The views were outstanding. We chose here in preference to St Marks Campanile as we heard there was less queuing time and you can see St Marks from the top
Written August 26, 2020
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PedroSerpa2014
Funchal, Portugal201 contributions
The island is in front of Saint Marcos Square. There's vaporetos from there and from Plaza de Roma. The entrance in Campagnilia (Tower) to see the view cost 8€ and has an elevator. Great 360º view from Venice.
Written April 30, 2022
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KeesvanderBeek
Villebon-sur-Yvette, France197 contributions
San Giorgio is better to look at than to visit : its main attraction is the church gable and the view of Venice and the San Marco square neighbourhood, be it from the square in front of the church, or from the campanile. The church itself is in a very austere baroque style, with, as far as I was concerned, not much of particular interest. Therefore, you can skip this if you do not have much time.

When we were there, the gardens as well as the caffé were closed due to the COVID-19 situation, so I cannot review these.

Note that the campanile tower can be climbed with an elevator, but that cash only is accepted, no credit cards (3 € pp).
Written July 22, 2020
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