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Venice has wonderful churches, such as Santa Maria dei Miracoli—but this is not one of them. The paintings are unappealing, many of them 19th Century. The interior and exterior lack distinction. Location is convenient.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa is just another church, and the interesting thing is that they charge you if you want to have a look inside. We only looked at it from the outside and quickly had a peek inside through the front entrance, for...More
Santa Maria Formosa is a pretty enough church on a pleasant and quite lively square, not far from St Mark's. You have to pay 3 euros to go inside but I had a peek through the doors and decided against it.
The current church was built in 1492 on the footprint of an older one. This is one of the churches that we bought the Chorus Pass for and are rewarded by an information card and a lighted church. A Chorus Pass costs 12 Euro and...More
We did not go inside this church. The outside is pleasing enough but I did not find it particularly striking. Although by this point in the day we'd been looking at facades for hours and that might have been part of the reason.
Whereas I enjoy looking at the architecture and interesting features of churches and cathedrals, I do find they can be too similar to make an indelible impression on me. There are exceptions, of course, but generally a church I see in an Italian city looks...More
Took a quick look as we were staying nearby. Seemed to be closed most of the time we were there but there are a number of worth while art pieces to be seen inside. Outside a relatively plain façade is redeemed by the beautiful campanile...More
I was told the Formosa refers to Mary being pregnant. This small church, which was being restored the first time I was there, but still had an excellent chamber music program, has large canvases of Mary, pregnant with Christ Jesus. It is still a very...More
This was the first chorus church we visited on our recent trip to Venice.. Lovely facade & bell tower. And the interior is worth a visit if you are passing. The church is surrounded by a very big square.
You may want to avoid this place. It's very plain inside and the locals are oddly mean spirited here. My wife and I visited on a Saturday afternoon to quietly sit in this church, say a prayer, and appreciate the environment. We were well dressed...More
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 neighbourhood 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.
I walked by there twice today its near my hotel. Both times it was closed usually it's open after 10 in the morning. I was going to ask the attendant when they have mass. I will try again this afternoon but here is some... More
I walked by there twice today its near my hotel. Both times it was closed usually it's open after 10 in the morning. I was going to ask the attendant when they have mass. I will try again this afternoon but here is some contact information. your best bet may be to call email or stop by when you get to Venice.
Tel: 041 523 4645
e-mail: info @ santamariaformosa . it
they have a website but I don't think it's maintained