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Art and History in Perfection: Explore Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario with the Venice City Pass

Inside view and altar of the church chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario in Venice Venetian painting inside the church chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario in Venice

Although having roots in the 9th century, the Chiesa di San Giovanni as well as the entire market place and warehouses in Rialto had to be rebuilt after a fire that occurred in 1514. For this reason, the structure has a uniform appearance, in which the church is built harmoniously in a Classical Resnaissance architecture style. Artists like Titian and Pordenone also assisted in the restoration and created alter paintings in the church that are seen as masterpieces nowadays. The rest of the interior of the church was further restored and furnished with the support of fraternities, guilds, and craftsmen societies.

Admission into the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario is free with the Venice City Pass and you save € 3.

Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario

Masterpieces by Titian and Pordenone

The Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario is a historic church located in the Rialto district of Venice. This church is renowned for its impressive collection of artworks, including pieces by renowned artists such as Titian and Pordenone.

The origins of the church date back to the 11th century, but the current building was constructed in the 16th century in the Renaissance style. The façade of the church is relatively simple, which adds to its charm. However, its true artistic heritage is revealed inside.

The most outstanding artwork in the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario is undoubtedly the altarpiece by Tiziano Vecellio, better known as Titian. This masterpiece, depicting the Holy Family, is a pinnacle of Venetian art and attracts art enthusiasts from all over the world. The combination of Titian's masterful technique and his sense of expression gives this painting an extraordinary appeal.

Another notable artwork in the church comes from Pordenone, another outstanding Venetian painter of the Renaissance. His contribution to the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario is a ceiling fresco depicting the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. This fresco impresses with its vibrant colors and intricate design.

The Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario offers not only a place for spiritual reflection but also a treasure trove of artistic gems. The connection between religion and art in this historic building makes it a significant cultural and historical site in Venice. Visitors have the opportunity to admire the masterpieces of Titian and Pordenone in a peaceful and impressive setting that reflects the rich art history of the city.


Highlights of your visit

  • The Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario exemplifies classic Renaissance architecture, characterized by its harmonious proportions, use of classical elements, and attention to symmetry and balance. This architectural style is known for its revival of classical Greek and Roman design principles.
  • Within the church, visitors can marvel at altarpieces that are true masterpieces created by renowned artists Titian and Pordenone. These altarpieces showcase the pinnacle of Renaissance art, characterized by realistic depictions, careful use of light and shadow, and a deep exploration of human emotion and spirituality.
  • Situated in the heart of the Rialto district, the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario occupies a central and prominent location within Venice. This location not only makes it easily accessible to both locals and tourists but also adds to its significance as a cultural and historical landmark in the city.


Opening Hours

The opening hours for the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario are as follows:

Wednesday and Thursday: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Please note that the church is closed to visitors on Sundays throughout the year. Additionally, it is closed on the following holidays:

January 1st


August 15th

December 25th


Reservation of your ticket

If you present your Venice City Pass at the ticket counter of Chiesa di Santo Stefano, Chiesa di San Giacomo dall'Orio, or Chiesa di San Sebastiano, you will receive the Chorus Pass. With this pass, you will have access to all 14 mentioned churches. Remember to keep the Chorus Pass with you as it grants you entry to the other churches.



  • In the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario, visitors are expected to wear modest clothing, which includes covered shoulders and knees. Sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts, and hats are not allowed.
  • It is important to dress respectfully when visiting religious sites like this church to show consideration for its sacred nature and local customs.



Getting to Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario

The nearest vaporetto (water bus) stop to the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario is "Rialto Mercato," which is served by Line 1.

Starting from the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario, visitors can easily reach the Gobbo di Rialto statue on foot. If you need a break from sightseeing, you can also explore the many shops in the neighborhood.



Ruga Vecchia S. Giovanni, 30125 San Polo 480 Venezia

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