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  • Address: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice, Veneto 30122, Italy
  • Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm
  • Admission: €3

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Santa Maria Formosa Tours

The striking church of Santa Maria Formosa stands in a sleepy piazza of the same name and has seen several transformations since the founding of the original wooden church in 842. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it owes its present appearance to Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi, who was commissioned to rebuild the church nearly 400 years after it burnt down in 1106. Much of the work was finished after his death in 1504 and the church is almost unique for having two marble façades, one overlooking the Campo Santa Maria Formosa and the other facing the Rio (canal) del Novo Mondo. It has a freestanding Baroque campanile (bell tower) that was designed by the priest Francesco Zucconi in 1688, and a vast white marble dome, which was repaired in the same year following an earthquake and again in 1921 after Austria bombed Venice in World War I.

The restrained marble interior is laid out on a Greek cross plan and is largely the result of work commissioned by wealthy merchant Torrino Tononi in 1689; the main highlight of its three aisles is the luminous polyptych Santa Barbara by Palma il Vecchio above the main altar.

It is rumored that Santa Maria Formosa gets its strange name – ‘formosa’ translates as ‘comely’ or ‘buxom’ from Italian – from a well-endowed prostitute who lived in the neighborhood in the late 16th century.

Practical Info

Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice. Open Mon–Sat 
10am–5pm. Admission €3. Ferry to Rialto or San Zaccaria.

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Skip the Line: Morning Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica, Venice, null
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Skip the Line: Morning Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Walking Tour and Gondola Ride in Venice with Guide, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Walking Tour and Gondola Ride in Venice with Guide

Explore Venice in two hours by walking from Saint Mark's Square to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni and Paolo, pass beside Marco Polo's House and ...  Read more

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

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Walking Tour of Venice: from Marks Square to Rialto Bridge, Venice, Walking Tours
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Walking Tour of Venice: from Marks Square to Rialto Bridge

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

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Venice Express Walking Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice Express Walking Tour

Explore the incomparable architecture of Venice on a 90-minute, guided walking tour. Discover the city's main sights, such as the Basilica of San Marco, the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour

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The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Day Cruises
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your ...  Read more

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