How many churches are there in Venice? Or really which ones are the most beautiful churches in Venice? We could count them-and possibly make a list of the top ten, but the truth is, each one is beautiful in it own way and represents an incomparable Venetian treasure. From the most celebrated Basilicas to the small and not so popular churches that you can see while walking along the city. Every church has artistic riches as well as praised architectural structures.
We’ve already covered some splendid hidden churches along with the major ones like the San Marco Basilica and Salute church that don’t even need an introduction. Everyone can create their own special tour in uncovering the many cult areas in Venice. A special itinerary for visiting museums and palaces while paying special attention to the masterpieces inside the churches.
There goes to saying though, that not all these splendid churches are free of entrance; in fact many have installed ticket offices with a small fee, that contribute to the conservation of the building and numerous artwork each church contains. The entrance to these churches are managed by the association Chorus, whose main objective is to protect, conserve, restore, and valorize the architectural and artistic patrimony of the churches in Venice as well as the patriarchal churches.
In this virtuous artistic circuit we’ll find many churches often times overlooked and certainly less frequented by the touristic masses and yet they reveal a large variety of historical works of art. From L’Ultima Cena by Tintoretto in San Polo to the Salita al Calvario by Tiepolo in the church of Sant’Alvise, to the Martirio of San Sebastiano by Veronese in San Sebastiano to the famous Assunta by Tiziano in the Frari church. These all undoubtedly deserve to be seen (others include the splendid Church dei Miracoli, San Giacomo, The Redentore or even San iuseppe located in the Castello quarter. (Here you’ll find a complete list and brief descriptions of the churches.)
Our suggestion , if you wish to visit several is to purchase the Chorus pass that will give you access to all the churches (with price reductions for children and families) you can also book an interesting guided tour.