Chiesa di San Zaccaria
When 15th-century Venetian girls showed more interest in sailors than saints, they were sent to the convent adjoining San Zaccaria. The...
Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci
Greek Orthodox refugees who fled to Venice from Turkey with the rise of the Ottoman Empire built a church here in 1536, with the aid of...
Riva degli Schiavoni
Stretching west from San Marco, this paved boardwalk is one of the world’s great promenades. Schiavoni (literally, ‘Slavs’) refers to...
Concerts at La Pietà
With fine acoustics, soaring Tiepolo ceilings and a long association with Vivaldi, this church makes an ideal venue for live baroque...
Michelin stars don’t mean much in Venice. In fact, the last French critic Venetians took seriously was Napoleon himself, and he had an...
Riva degli Schiavoni · interesting places nearby
La Pietà information
Originally called Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione but fondly nicknamed La Pietà, this harmonious church designed by Giorgio Massari is known for its association with the composer Vivaldi, who was concertmaster here in the early 18th century. Though the current church was built after Vivaldi’s death, its acoustic-friendly oval shape honours his memory, and it is still regularly used as a concert hall.
Be sure to look up: on the ceiling, Giambattista Tiepolo’s gravity-defying Coronation of the Virgin seems to open up the church to the vast heavens themselves.