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Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore Island Visit with Video Guide

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore Island Visit with Video Guide

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Admire architectural wonders and Venice's artistic heritage during this video-guided tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. See the Vatican Chapels and the island's "Wood." Adventure outside the typical tourist locales.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Relax with priority access and discover all the magic of this place rich in history and culture
  • Discover this hidden treasure of Venice with a multimedia guide
  • Enjoy the courtyards of Palladio and Buora, the majestic structures of Longhena and the libraries rich in precious collections
  • Admire the Foundation’s “Wood” and the Vatican Chapels, presented to the public during the 16th International Venice Biennale
Full description
Escape the crowds of central Venice and explore the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, "the pearl of Venice."  It is a perfect, quiet area to enjoy the beauty of Venice and to immerse yourself in history. With this 1-hour tour, you will admire the most important places in the monumental complex of Giorgio Cini Foundation and discover exceptional art heritage, outside the usual tourist areas. Just a few minutes by bus-boat from Piazza San Marco you will experience the fascinating atmosphere of the complex as you listen to your video-guide (included in the admission cost and available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish). Your small tour group (25 people maximum) will be escorted through the areas of the complex by a multi-lingual staff member. During your visit, you will be able to admire the main places in the complex, including: • Cloister of Palladio, completed after Andrea Palladio’s death in the 17th century • Cloister of the Buora family, an example of early Renaissance architecture designed by Giovanni and Andrea Buora • Palladian cenacle, an ancient Benedictine refectory where Paolo Veronese painted the Wedding in Cana, the original artwork is now on display in the Louvre • Longhena's Grand Staircase, completed in 1671 to provide access to the library and abbots’ apartments the staircase is positioned between two cloisters and furnished with magnificent wooden bookcases by Franz Pauc • Nuova Manica Lunga, the old dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, transformed into a stupendous, light-filled library • Labyrinth of Borges, a reconstruction of the garden labyrinth designed by the English architect Randoll Coate in honor of Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges for the 25th anniversary of the famous Argentinian writer and poet's death After the tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, your audio guide experience will continue of a tour of the "wood" of the island. See the 10 Vatican Chapels, which were designed by 10 internationally-reknowned architects. Hear an introduciton from H. Em. Gianfranco Ravasi. Admire the drawings and models of the "chapel in the wood" by Asplund. Learn about the 10 chapels and the architects who designed them.
  • Video-guide
  • Entrance to the monumental complex of the Giorgio Cini Foundation
  • Booking fee
  • Entrance to the Foundation’s “Wood” including the Vatican Chapels
  • Tour Guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 30100, Venice (ticket office on the left side of the church)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Some areas of the complex may be closed during activities, concerts or other events
  •  You will be asked to book for a specific time slot to ensure availability
  • Customers entitled to tickets with a discount must certify their condition to access the monument. The ticket will not be valid otherwise
  • A valid ID document is required in order to collect the video-guide
  • Until November 24, 2019 the complex will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM every day .
  • From November 25, 2019, to March 20, 2020, the complex will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM every day except Wednesday.
  • From March 21, 2020, to November 24, 2020, the complex is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 39 reviews

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This service actually includes two distinct excursions 1) the chapels: a very interesting visit with a well-done audio guide. But the presence of only one guide (very friendly) makes things difficult, between the people of the group who want to go quickly and those who take a lot of time 2) the Cinni foundation: there too an interesting visit but I was the only one not Italian and the guide never made the slightest effort to give me explanations in English.

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August 14, 2021

I had the privilege of being able to walk through the buildings and across the grounds with my guide alone. She chose the title of the audio guide for me. The tour lasts almost exactly 1 hour. You cannot do the tour alone, as it is too extensive and is also used by students (the library, for example). Really beautiful facility and also impressive the facsimile of the wedding to Cana by Veronese. It's a shame that Napoleon simply took away the original ... Halunke. Since I was there a little early, I took a look at the church and an art exhibition taking place there and took the elevator for 6 € up Campanile 2.0 for the breathtaking view. Great afternoon!

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August 2, 2019

Not what we were expecting … very unimpressed with the tour . Audio guide was poor quality …. Left early .

August 17, 2021

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