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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
+39 041 272 8611
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Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," the "Assumption" and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, Saint John the Baptist by Donatello.
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San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 272 8611
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a must see in Venice. As beautiful inside as St. Marks and not nearly as crowded. Much to see here, and the Rick Steve's app gives a good description.

Thank Robert2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

For a princely sum of three Euro you can wander around this masterpiece. I liked it much better than Saint Marks. Utterly astonishing and with only sparse crowds. You can take as many photos as you want unlike Marks and there was so much to...More

Thank rjimlad
Reviewed 2 days ago

Unassuming from the outside. It could almost be any cathedral in Italy, until you step inside. Basilica, work of art, or gallery of masters? When you're walking in to the chapels and looking into the apse it is hard to decide. Please just remember it...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 3 days ago

This church is situated quite close to Campo de Margherita. It is quite visually stunning inside, and I would highly recommend because the crowds are much smaller in this church than your typical stop to St. Mark's Basilica.

Thank maidenae
Reviewed 1 week ago

A huge church which still looks modest on the outside, but which inside contains a dizzying array of amazing sculpture and artwork from the stellar creative minds of the time such as Titian, Bellini and Canova - crowned by a wonderful altarpiece. Make sure it's...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my favorite church in Venice. Everyone wants to go to San Marco (and you probably should) but this church is much more beautiful and less crowded. Don't miss it.

1  Thank williephips
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend taking the audio guide. There are a lot of masterpieces and the guide is great way to learn and discover. The basilica is majestic, grand and very much like the whole of Venice, unforgettable.

1  Thank erika v
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been to many of the most famous Basilicas across Europe, I never cease to be amazed by the sheer size and detail of these glorious houses of God! This one ranks right up there with some of my most memorable visits in France, Spain,...More

1  Thank DaveEB310
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is big church with many different works - paintings, large sculpture and event woodcarvings. And Bellini work!!! and monument to doge giovanni pesaro! wow, wow, wow!

Thank Elina Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some beautiful works of art on display including the main altarpiece by Titian. There is also a Donatello statue to see. Very good for all the family

Thank RadioCork
San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the
Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six
sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest
neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the
markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops
display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San
Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi)
stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San
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Robert H
Directions to St. Mary from the San Toma stop
1 August 2015|
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Response from Nossik | Reviewed this property |
With your back to Canal Grande, reach Campo San Toma. From there follow red signs for Scuola Grande S. Rocco, and you'll get there in 2 minutes tops (San Rocco is a square behind Frari). Doesn't really matter, which bystreet... More
Robert H
How do I get to St Mary from the San Toma stop?
1 August 2015|
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Response from travelingrm | Reviewed this property |
If you are staying at a hotel I. Venice, ask them for a map and let them mark the directions.