Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna

Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna

Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna
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Neighborhood: Castello
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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Rob New York
New York City, NY37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This fabulous 16th century Franciscan church, designed in 1554 by Jacopo Sansavino, with a majestic facade from the 1560s by Andrea Palladio, features a serene interior replete with important artworks. Among these, standouts include one of Bellini’s tender altarpieces with the Madonna, Child, and saints, Veronese’s depiction of the resurrection of Christ, and an incredible orchestration of marble reliefs by Pietro and Tulio Lombardo depicting prophets, saints, and Biblical narratives. Our favorite, however, is the luscious, large, brilliantly colorful altarpiece of the Madonna and Child with angels by Antonio da Negroponte, about whom almost nothing is remembered except for this incredible work. It is full of precious, fascinating detail, including an abundance of roses that you can almost smell! Do not miss this beautiful church, only a short walk from San Marco, but off the beaten path enough to provide a bucolic and restful environment!
Written November 18, 2018
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Palladio designed the facade of this Franciscan church. Inside there are a Madonna by Bellini as well as the first work of art done by Veronese in Venice.
Written October 24, 2015
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practans
Lewes, DE1,728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Wandering off the beaten track in Venice, following the lead of a friend with a guidebook and a strong interest in old churches, we discovered the church of San Francesco della Vigna. This church was established as a Franciscan monastery on a former vineyard donated for that purpose back in the 1200s. It is also the site where an angel is said to have appeared to the apostle, St. Mark, patron saint of Venice, when he was shipwrecked off Venice. The church was rebuilt in its present form in the 1500s under the influence of Doge Andrea Gritti, whose palace was nearby.

The interior of the church should be a delight for someone with an interest in medieval art and art history. There are many religious paintings throughout done by prominent artists of the time: Tintoretto, Bellini, Negroponte, and others whose names would mean something to someone more versed in art than I. Notably, the artwork aside, the interior is quite simple and unadorned in comparison with the lavishness of the interior of the Church of San Zaccaria, which we had visited earlier that day.

At any rate it is interesting and informative to walk about, looking into the numerous side altars which apparently the wealthy of the time "sponsored", and whose funds helped pay for the church.
Written May 26, 2014
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EgyptophileEngland
Burnley, UK216 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My wife has poor mobility but we made a special effort to get to the Chiesa di SanFrancesco della Vigna. We took the vaporetto and walked slowly to the church only to find a note on the door saying it was "closed today" with no other information as to why or if it would be open any other day. In fact, for all we knew, the note had been on the door all year! This isn't a church which one would pass on the way to somewhere else. Anyone going there would have made the journey with a purpose. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. Very poor show by someone and utter lack of consideration for any visiting Christian.
Written November 28, 2023
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Freya1958
Maitland, Australia588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We were told about this lovely old church by the very pleasant attendant at another church we visited so we decided to stop in as we were planning to walk close by on our way elsewhere. We were very pleased we did venture in as the history & the lovely interior made it well worth the effort.
Written May 2, 2016
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gpcd
Greenbelt, MD280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We found this monumental church by accident, as we wandered through the back calli (local name for pedestrian streets), in the Venezia that few tourists ever venture to see. The calling card for the church, and what made us stop, is the monumental facade built in an astonishingly white stone (beautiful marble? or just recently cleaned?). When you look a little closer, you realize it is not just the color that is pure, but the lines too, as the facade was designed by the late-renaissance genius of Andrea Palladio. The church itself was designed and built by Sansovino (another architect of late renaissance), so you have a great intro with a beautiful exterior: a rare combination,
Numerous painting and sculptures populate the side chapels, each one dedicated (paid for?) by one or another of the great families of the city. The best piece (by Giovanni Bellini) is in a side chapel, on the way to the cloisters. The cloisters themselves are peaceful and well tended. During our visit a tired traveller was napping on the baluster of the inner cloister, blissfully unaware of all around him.
The bellower is tall, but almost impossible to see and appreciate from the narrow and twisty calli of the area; we could not find the door to the top, which should offer a fantastic view of the city.
This church is large, quiet, practically deserted and cool in a hot day: a combination which is difficult to find in Venezia and makes for a restful stop to gather one’s energy before going bucket face the heat and crowd of a summer weekend.
I would not suggest a trip to Venezia just to see this church, but if one has any spare time in his/her schedule I will highly recommend a detour off the most beaten paths to explore the backside of the city and this hidden gem.
Written September 16, 2015
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albeback1
Eccles, UK5,713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna is a large church in a quiet area of Venice. We went in and lit candles for those no longer with us.
Written March 11, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is a Franciscan church in the Castello area. Church was completed in 1554.. Nice exterior with an adjoining monastery. It contains a number of chapels.
Written March 10, 2019
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stephan j
London, UK896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
A peaceful church not doubt. The walk from Arsenal is well worth it too and the Paladino facade is impressive. the inside I did not find particularly impressive
Written September 16, 2018
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Irena F
London, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
If you have done all the major tourist sites of Venice, a visit to this church is well worthwhile. There are two cloisters, and when we were there we were all alone. In the campo outside the church there is a most interesting colonnade with a covered walkway. In the surrounding area you will see the real Venice. You won't find endless displays of Murano glass, but instead there are little shops selling brooms and carpet beaters.
Written October 8, 2017
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