Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario
- San Polo 477 Ruga Vecchia di San Giovanni
- admission €3, or with Chorus Pass
- 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1-5pm Sun
Lonely Planet review for Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario
You could easily stride right past this Renaissance brick church, built by Scarpagnino (aka Antonio Abbondi) after a disastrous fire in 1514 destroyed much of the Rialto area. The church and its separate bell tower are camouflaged by surrounding houses and tucked behind kiosks selling T-shirts with ‘Venezia’ spelled out in rhinestones, so their sober, soaring presence comes as a surprise – but inside, a Titian of the namesake St John the Almsgiver (freshly restored and returned from the Accademia), a Mannerist altarpiece and recently restored dome frescoes by Pordenone are brilliant finds.