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  • Address: Campo di Frari
  • Hours: Mon - Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm
  • Admission: Varies

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Frari Church (Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari)

From the outside, the brick Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Frari Church) looks rather plain in its Italian Gothic style. But step inside and you are surrounded by some of the greatest beauty of the Italian Renaissance. Built for the Fransicans in the 14th and 15th centuries, the design itself is simple, but the art that the monks commissioned more than makes up for it.

Of the many masterpieces and monuments from Renaissance artists and sculptors, the most significant painting is Titian's 1518 Assumption of the Virgin, which is set over the altar and changed painting forever with its innovative style and bright colors. In addition, side chapels are full of more art and the main church houses the tombs of significant wealthy Venetians. Titian himself is buried here in an impressive tomb, while sculptor Antonio Canova has a pyramid-shaped monument.

Practical Info

The Frari Church sits in the San Polo district on the Campo dei Frari, which can require some twisting and turning through the streets to reach. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is S. Toma. Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour, Venice, null
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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour

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The Rialto is the true heart of Venice - and you'll discover why on this private walking tour. You'll also explore the San Polo area, and its number one ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.87
Power and Glory in Venetian Art: Titian and Tintoretto, Venice, Walking Tours
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Power and Glory in Venetian Art: Titian and Tintoretto

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Titian and Tintoretto are the two names that surface again and again in this magical city of bridges and canals. These two 16th-century painters have defined ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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