Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
A defunct naval academy has been cleverly converted into a shipshape contemporary art gallery for the Fondazione Giorgio Cini,...
La Nuova Manica Lunga
The library of the Cini Foundation. ID is required for entrance.
Chiesa delle Zitelle
Designed by Palladio in the late 16th century, the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Presentazione, known as the Zitelle, was a church and...
Set in the manicured grounds of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is the outdoor Teatro Verde. It was built in the 1950s and is now used for...
I Figli delle Stelle
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Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore information
Solar eclipses are only marginally more dazzling than Palladio's white Istrian marble facade. Begun in the 1560s, it owes more to ancient Roman temples than the bombastic baroque of Palladio's day. Inside, ceilings billow over a generous nave, with high windows distributing filtered sunshine. Two of Tintoretto's masterworks flank the altar, and a lift whisks visitors up the 60m-high bell tower for stirring Ventian panoramas – a great alternative to long lines at San Marco's campanile .
Behind the church, a defunct naval academy has been converted into a shipshape gallery by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini . After escaping the Dachau internment camp with his son Giorgio, Vittorio Cini returned to Venice on a mission to save San Giorgio Maggiore, which was a ramshackle mess in 1949. Cini's foundation restored the island into a cultural centre. In addition to its permanent collection of Old Masters and modern art, the gallery hosts important contemporary works, from Peter Greenaway to Anish Kapoor.