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Frari Church and a walk to Rialto – My Venice Tour Guide – Monica Latini
  • Visit includes:

    Frari Church, S. Polo district, Rialto market.

  • Facilities:

    booklet.

  • Cost:

    all tours are customized on client’s requests, so is the fee.

  • Tailor made tour available:

    a visit to St. Giacomo dell’Orio church.

  • Duration:

    2-3 hours.

     

The Tour

The tour focuses on the visit of the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari church, an outstanding Gothic architecture, and its masterpieces: Titian altarpiece “Assumption”, Giovanni Bellini tryptic “Madonna and Saints”, Donatello “St. John the Baptist” among the others.

A walking tour after it, will lead to the ancient commercial center of Rialto, following the intricate alleyways of this old and fascinating part of the city.

Frari Church

It took more than 150 years to rebuild the imposing Franciscan church. Consecrated in 1492, it was later enriched by numerous works of art as well as stunning funeral monuments.

Despite the amount of art pieces preserved inside, the architecture still maintains all its greatness and simplicity of the Franciscan Gothic style at the same time.

Titian’s Assumption

Antonio Canova used to say that this is “most beautiful painting in the world” Was he right or not, it’s undouble one of the greatest masterpieces painted by Titian, whose genius was neared to those of Michelangelo himself.

Wrapped by a striking red dress, the luminous Madonna rises towards the Sky, accompanied by a crown of puttoe, while the impressed and almost frightened Apostles keep looking at her. A new concept of the religious scene, a revolutionary painting which deserves to be seen.

Rialto market

Held every morning, the Rialto market amazes the senses for the liveness of the vendors as well as for the wide selection of goods on display.

The fish market is particularly interesting and gives an idea of the richness of the Venetian cuisine. Talking about food and recipes, we will see also how the market was organized at the times of the Venetian Republic.

Tailor Made Tours Available

For art lovers, the tour could also combine a visit to St. Giacomo dell’Orio, or to St. Polo church, both rich with works of art.

At the end of tour, it is possible to take the gondola traghetto to cross the Grand Canal or just stroll the Rialto market, where there are many good wine bars and small restaurants.