Santa Maria della Salute Tours

With its ornate facade and towering dome, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is one of the most beautiful sights along Venice’s Grand Canal. Known simply as La Salute, the church dominates the mouth of the canal and its steps seem to rise directly from the water, inviting visitors to explore its soaring interior.


The Basics

This baroque church, designed by Baldassare Longhena, was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, or Our Lady of Health, for having brought a stop to a devastating plague outbreak that killed a third of the Venetian population in the early 1600s. You can view its grandeur during a gondola ride or luxury motorboat cruise on the canal, or stop in to admire the Byzantine-influenced interior—with its exquisite mosaic floor and impressive artwork by Tintoretto and Titian—during a Venice walking tour. Private tours often combine a stop at La Salute with other famous sights like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace in St. Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). 


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring your camera if taking a gondola or speedboat cruise up the Grand Canal to snap pictures of Santa Maria della Salute along with other canalside landmarks.
  • If you’re planning to visit the interior of the church, wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Walking tours of Venice cover a lot of ground, so wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.
  • There is a flight of steps to enter La Salute, so the church is not accessible to wheelchairs.


How to Get There

From Piazza San Marco, take a water taxi or vaporetto (water bus) to the Salute stop. You can also walk across the Ponte dell’Accademia, weaving your way through Venice’s beautiful alleys to the church.


When to Get There

One of the most picturesque festivals in Italy takes place each year on November 21, when Venice celebrates the Festa di Santa Maria della Salute. The city builds a temporary bridge across the Grand Canal to the church for pilgrims and holds a boat procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. Try to schedule a visit around this time to see the festivities. The church closes each day from noon to 3pm, so be sure to stop by in the early morning or late afternoon to visit when the church is open yet not too crowded.


Exploring the Dorsoduro Neighborhood

Santa Maria della Salute is located in Venice’s Dorsoduro neighborhood, home to other important sights like Ca' Rezzonico, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Church of San Sebastiano.

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Address: Fondamenta Salute, Venice 30123, Italy
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Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride

Combine a morning walk through Venice with a gondola ride for the perfect Venetian day. Get to know the canal city better with a guided tour led by an experienced local. Then watch the sights drift by from the water as you cruise through Venice in a gondola. This combined tour is an excellent way to experience Venice.
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30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

Reserve a classic Venetian experience with a private gondola ride through Venice’s romantic canals. Enjoy a beautifully crafted boat and professional gondolier just for your party as you glide down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, passing historic palaces and landmarks like Mozart’s home and the Rialto Bridge. Book ahead to guarantee a private ride for you group and avoid the hassle of negotiating a price on the spot.
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Venice Combo Tour: Doge's Palace, Gondola, and St. Mark's Square Museum Ticket

Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
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Venice: Private Gondola Tour - 30 minutes

A private gondola tour on the Grand Canal is a quintessential experience for your small group in Venice. Only your group of up to six people will board a gondola to glide through the major waterway, as well as some smaller passages, with a gondolier. Enjoy a flute of prosecco or Champagne as you pass by Italian architecture and under romantic bridges. Departure times take place throughout the day to best suit your vacation schedule.
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
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Venice Gondola Ride

Experience one of the most truly Venetian moments with a 30-minute gondola ride. See the beauty of this unique city from the perspective of its most iconic symbol as you glide through the canals in a gondola. See the hidden places only accessible by gondola, as you get a totally different vantage point than with a walking tour.
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Secret Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Experience two of the most unique sides of Venice with a combination of a walking tour of hidden gems and a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Join an experienced guide for the start of your 2-hour combined tour by exploring some less-visited parts of Venice on foot. See the famous La Fenice theater's facade and the elegant spiral stair of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Then enjoy a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and some side canals, during which you'll see the magical city from a whole new perspective. Get to know some of the unusual areas of Venice.
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
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Venice Grand Canal Gondola Ride

Glide along one of the world's most famous waterways with a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice. Choose from a private or shared ride, and watch passing boats, palazzos, and magnificent Renaiassnce and Baroque architecture from aboard a traditional Venetian gondola. It's a quintessential experience when visiting the ‘Floating City.’
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
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Ducal Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and Walking Tour

Get an insider's introduction to the majestic monuments and captivating history of Venice, starting with a guided walking tour around St. Marks Square. Stroll through winding backstreets and charming squares to landmarks like Marco Polo’s house, and then skip the long line to enter the magnificent Doge’s Palace. Learn about the one-time rulers of the Venetian Republic as you explore ornate halls decked out in Renaissance masterpieces, and imagine the fate of prisoners as you cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the palace prison.
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Venice off the Beaten Track Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Discover the charming history of Venice by land and by water on this combo walking tour and gondola ride. Explore the historic area between St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, following a knowledgeable guide through narrow side streets, hidden squares, and quiet canals where the medieval atmosphere is soaked into the stones. Then, climb aboard a classic Venetian gondola for a 30-minute ride along the most scenic part of the Grand Canal plus smaller, romantic waterways lined with palazzos and scenes of daily life on the enchanting island.
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Historical Tour of Saint Mark's and Gondola Ride with Optional Glass Craftsman at work

A good choice for first-time visitors and those looking for a quick overview of the city, this tour combines exploring by foot and boat. First, take a walking tour around the city to see and photograph some of the most well-known and historical landmarks. Then, take a relaxing gondola ride along the Grand Canal and minor canals. An optional tour of a glass blowing factory near Piazza San Marco is included in the price.
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Dorsoduro District Private Walking Tour

Venice is famous for its canal ways, but most visitors don’t stray far from the central landmarks. This private 3-hour walking tour explores the picturesque Dorsoduro district, taking in highlights such as the Giudecca Canal, Campo Santo Stefano, and Galleria dell’Accademia.
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