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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
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
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The best in Venice

I loved that place.. The restaurants, the wine, the gondolas and all the attractions around .. Night or morning .. Its always cozy and not full of tourists

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved that place.. The restaurants, the wine, the gondolas and all the attractions around .. Night or morning .. Its always cozy and not full of tourists

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The biggest gothic church in Venezia, with an spectacular inside. Vist the dogos tombs, which ornate the walls.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cavernous place has many beautiful chapels and altarpieces. The Bellini altarpiece is the artistic highlight. Definitely worth a visit.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Again a beautiful Basilica; perfect to visit and not crowded like Basilica at San Marco. A lot of history. A lot of Doges are buried in this Basilica. A must if you are in Venice. Also a nice square to have a coffee or lunch break.

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Jamesport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this amazing church while walking the back areas of Venice. The inside is as beautiful as the outside. There are many small restaurants surrounding the church with a wide piazza that is relaxing.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge, very impressive basilica and several doges are buried here. It's worth a short visit. Next door is the even more impressive-looking Scuola Grande di San Marco, which is now a hospital. They both face onto the Campo San Giovanni e Paulo, one of the largest squares in Venice. There's a nice coffee shop on the square,... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outside this large church is not particularly ornate with its brick façade but with its vaulted ceiling and significant art works inside it is worth the small entry fee. The Basilica is to be found almost at the northern extremity of Castello just below the Fondamenta Nouve and the open lagoon. Worth a visit.

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Liverpool, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like I said in the title, this basilica isn't as big or as glamorous as the famous Saint Mark's Basilica in the lower part of Venice. That said, it still makes for a good visit. It wasn't crowded when I went, which helps it feel more sacred than Saint Mark's, if that's what you're into. It's also more of your... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Found this place by accident while getting lost on purpose in Venice. Extremely suprised with the architecture, the artwork and the seer size of this place. Probably one of the best cathedrals I've been since Rome and Florence. $3.50 per adult to get in but its well worth it. The marble artwork surrounding the Virgin Mary Chapel is astounding! Well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

As noted by many others, this basillica is well worth the visit. The interior is immense and very ornate. Many works of art, tombs, marble and wooden statues. The admission is only €3.50 which we felt was VERY reasonable when you consider the cost to maintain such a place. There are several areas which can be better illuminated by pressing... More 

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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 neighborhood 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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