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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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This sightseeing tour allows you to see three islands in the Venetian Lagoon in half a day. Visitors often visit Murano—well-known for its glass-blowing factory—but fewer make it to Burano and Torcello, with their lace-making shops and ornate palaces and churches. The tour also offers two departure times a day, making it easier to fit into your schedule.
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Nov 2020
Pula, Croatia4,410 contributions38,456 helpful votes
Already from Calle Larga Giacinto Gallina we saw the outlines of the beautiful Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo. From the last bridge leading to Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo overlooking the facade of Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the facade of the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo we were left breathless, in wonder. Standing in this place and enjoying the beautiful architectural masterpieces is a real privilege. Of course, the rich history of buildings in us evokes admiration and awe. Scuola Grande di San Marco is a Renaissance palace and the former seat of the Venetian confraternities in Sestiere Castello. The Great Brotherhood of San Marco was founded in 1260 and had its headquarters near the now demolished church of Santa Croce (next to Piazzale Roma in Papadopoulos Park). The Dominicans of the church of San Giovanni e Paolo near Castello ceded their land to the fraternity in 1437 to build their new headquarters. Construction work was led by Pietro Lombardo and Giovanni Buora, but the palace burned down in a fire in 1485. Work on the erection of the new and larger palace was entrusted to Mauro Codussi, who built it in 1505, and after that the palace was extended in 1523 towards the Rio dei Mendicanti canal, thanks to the occupation of the architect Jacopo Sansovino. The rich polychrome marble facade of the palace, with numerous reliefs, has an asymmetrical structure that reflects the internal division of space, with a saloon on the left and the so-called hotel lounge (sala dell’albergo) on the right. From the very beginning, the brothers of the School decided to limit the reconstitution of the cycles of paintings, leaving out the vast spaces of the Chapter Room, to dedicate every resource to the smallest walls of the Sala dell'Albergo with a cycle of six canvases dedicated to episodes of life of San Marco. The Hall became one of the most spectacular complexes of the Venetian Renaissance, an attraction for European scholars and experts, thanks to the works of Gentile Bellini ("Sermon of San Marco"), Giovanni Bellini ("The martyrdom of San Marco"), Giovanni Mansueti (" Healing of Aniano "and" Baptism of Aniano "), Paris Bordon (" The fisherman gives the ring to the Doge "), Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (" Saints Mark, George and Nicholas save Venice from the storm "). From 1807 Scuola was turned into a military hospital and it has remained for the entire time of the Austrian administration until today, when it operates as the city hospital Ospedale Civile SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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lianath wrote a review Aug 2020
Olsztyn, Poland88 contributions116 helpful votes
Not very big and quite expensive. However you do find a lot of interesting books and medical instruments. Not for everyone, especially at that price. If you do have time and resources- great place to visit. If you do have to choose carefully- you may consider skipping it.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Sara H wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia680 contributions295 helpful votes
I found this museum fascinating. The Grand School of San Marco was one of the most powerful Venetian fraternities and is currently the Venetian Hospital. It houses a stunning little Medical museum on the second floor, filled with old medical equipment and books. The stunning ceiling and the Tintoretto paintings (which I later learned were reproductions) were well worth the small fee to enter. As a doctor I was fascinated.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Karen F wrote a review Oct 2019
Lincoln, United Kingdom665 contributions275 helpful votes
We enjoyed the Tintoretto paintings and there was also an exhibition of Leonardo drawings. The building itself is lovely. It was small but there was a lot to see so at 5 euros for adults and 3 for pensioners/children it was worth it .
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Date of experience: October 2019
yvonne936 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sherborne, United Kingdom14 contributions26 helpful votes
Very interesting place to visit. The Receptionist was very helpful and explained the work of the Scuola which is borne out of the years. Ceilings and paintings are wonderful.
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Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes