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  • Address: Fondamenta Salute, Venice, Italy 30123
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Santa Maria della Salute Tours

Of all there is to see in Venice, the massive Santa Maria della Salute is surely the hardest to miss — at least from afar. The minor basilica, often known simply as La Salute, dominates the mouth of the Grand Canal, its steps seemingly rising from the lagoon's salty waters. Dating back to the 1600s, the church was built out of prayer and thanks to Our Lady of Health for protecting the city from the plague, which had killed 30% of its population.

Now the church stands as a monument to the Italian city's history, as well as its enduring grandeur. La Salute captivates from the outside as much for its size, which dwarfs the skyline around it, as for its ornate Baroque styling. Although the site is most often seen from a gondola on the canal, the interior is impressive, too, complete with an exquisite mosaic floor, six chapels and loads of paintings and statues. The church is the crowning jewel of Venice's skyline, but its not-so-easy-to-get-to location means fewer tourists. The fact that it's free to enter only further adds to its appeal.

Practical Info

While the church is visible from all around, getting there isn't as simple: either go by ferry (stop: Salute), or cross the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge, weaving your way over canals to the church. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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