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“Absolutely fantastic paintings! Must go!”
Review of San Pantalon

San Pantalon
Ranked #31 of 792 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Rather plain on the outside, but don't be fooled. The interior of this local church in the Campo San Pantalon is an undiscovered highlight of Venice, ignored by most tourists who don't know what they're missing.

It is best known for the huge painting covering the whole ceiling showing "The Martyrdom and Apotheosis of St Pantalon" by Fumiani. It took six years to complete, and he was killed while painting when he fell from the scaffolding. The painting is both in normal perspective but if you look around the edges, some of it is in 'trompe d'oeil' giving a trick 3D effect (see photos).

There are other beautiful paintings in the building, including one by Veronese. Just sitting there looking up is awe-inspiring, thinking of the dedication and skill of the man. The painting is too much to take in with one look - it is absolutely stunning - and best to take your time looking at the different scenes. Mind blowing.

When we went, there was no charge for admission, but contributions for upkeep were invited.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

As I type San Pantalon is sitting at a lowly 64th, and I have absolutely no idea how or why such a wonderful site as this in Venice can linger so low. San Pantalon has Fumiani's masterpiece ceiling - a massive central painting in perspective to make it look as if it is reaching into the heavens. It is simply breathtaking.
The church itself maybe seen as somewhat unremarkable, even against others in Venice, but a few helpful words of advice - you need a euro to pay for the lights to illuminate the ceiling (like in many places in Rome). However, there is no entrance fee (blomh's review below is wrong when it states this) so all you are doing is paying for the upkeep of the building.
Also, the opening times can be erratic. The church is not always open and there is no sign on the door to say when it is an isn't. Generally it's 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm. Although it took three attempts to get in as when returning at gone 2pm one day, it was still shut! Italian timekeeping...

Don't miss San Pantalon. It really will be a highlight of your trip.

2  Thank Brother_Cadfael
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I literally sat for about 5 minutes staring at the ceiling, not saying a word. Then sat for another 15 minutes talking (quietly) about everything in the painting. This church is well worth a visit.
You can also visit the 'chapel of the nail', where one of the nails from the cross of Jesus was reported to have been kept. Aparently it is no longer there. We paid the suggested donation of 1 euro as the church was free for us to visit. As its such an amazing church we felt it was worth it!

1  Thank A_Eccleston
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Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

One big ceiling painting. Big yes, but beautiful? Its OK but there are so many nicer ones in Venice. The rest of the church is nothing special at all. Not worth the entrance fee.

1  Thank Blomh
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

By the time I visited San Pantalon , I was a veteran of a good few Venetian churches , I can tell you and was in no condition to be impressed .With my modest grasp of European languages San Pantalon sounded as if it had something to do with trousers and my hopes weren't high . The exterior of the church isn't that captivating . Indeed , we only found it at all when I was route-marching the children through Dorsoduro because I didn't think they'd walked far enough that day .
So I went in reluctantly . And I was astonished . The ceiling gives the most convincing illusion of soaring up beyond it's physical confines . In the gloom it's almost impossible to work out the reality of the space . I dare say in time gone by it had the effect of convincing people that it reached up to heaven .
It was painted by Fumiani who laboured on it for twenty odd years before apparently tumbling to his death from his scaffolding . So instead of soaring to heaven , he met his end on a sharp downward trajectory . Not what the poor chap had in mind at all .
Nevertheless his art work is extraordinary and you should make a special trip to see this remarkable sight . Long after I've forgotten which Tintoretto was which and whether it was actually a Titian after all I'll remember Fumiani's ceiling . You will not be disappointed and you'll see something that the crowds pass by .

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