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Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore Island Visit with Video Guide

1. Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore Island Visit with Video Guide

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.

Venice: Audio Guided Tour of Vatican Chapels in a Wood

2. Venice: Audio Guided Tour of Vatican Chapels in a Wood

Admire the incredible architecture of 10 Vatican Chapels designed by a team of international architects as part of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Take a leisurely 1-hour tour through the scenic wood of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, in which the 10 chapels are hidden, and learn fascinating information as you listen to an audio guide. Admire the design of the chapels, created by architects from around the world who were specially commissioned by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

Venice: My Special Venice Art Patrons Card for 4 Attractions

3. Venice: My Special Venice Art Patrons Card for 4 Attractions

Discover the palaces of the main players in Venice's contemporary art scene with ease with the My Special Venice digital card. Valid for 365 days, the card offers one time access to 4 each of the 4 attractions as well as discounts and concessions at on-site bookshops and cafes. Enjoy access to Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Save time waiting in line and use your card to book advance admission to each of the attractions. Just follow the instructions in your email.

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What people are saying about Giorgio Cini Foundation

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 47 reviews

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!

I had booked a couple of days before the trip for me and two friends to visit the environments of the Cini Foundation. We appreciated the punctuality and maximum availability of the companion even in the absence of other visitors.

An experience

I can only recommend it unreservedly. The video guide is really good and you can learn a lot about the history of the facility. Absolute highlight for me The photography room

It was very good !

We were lucky that we were only 2 participants. Great translation.

Treated like superstars! A two person tour is something unique