San Giorgio – Do you hate waiting in lines? Then this is a great alternative to the Campanile in San Marco’s. It’s a church with a tower (campanile) that is far more accessible. There are no lines here. Also, when you go up this tower you can get pictures of San Marco, when you go up the San Marco tower you get pictures of San Giorgio. There was no rush for us to come down. We felt like we were in another dimension.
We arrived on the Island of this church by boat, after all it is in Venice. Seriously though, there is no way to reach this Island without taking a boat but it is minutes from San Marco. The first thing we noticed was golden pillars outside the church. This was an art exhibition, interesting but not our thing – we wanted the TOWER!
Inside the church is some beautiful artwork, which we admired. (Be careful going up those marble steps in the rain, they are slippery!) The church is old, the altar is gorgeous. We visited each of the artworks and have pictures below…
Since we were on a cruise tour and only had 40 minutes, we raced to the bell tower. We paid the price and took the elevator up. I am embarrassed to say I suffer from a fear of heights (or maybe it is a fear of falling?) I am fine in enclosed spaces such as an elevator but when it is outside…eeeks! Those of you who have the same issue may want to still consider this tower as I, the ultimate height chicken, was fine as long as I did not get too close to the edge. My daughter did not care for the elevator so we made a good pair. I talked her through the elevator trip by encouraging her….” just close your eyes and it will be over in less than a minute.” The elevator functioned fine, I don’t want to alarm any of you. She just didn’t like the fact that you see the inner workings of the elevator – ropes, etc. I think there are kids out there that would find this elevator fascinating.
So, I took my own advice, while holding on to my 25-year-old daughter, I also closed my eyes and for a few seconds I felt like I was on one of those Great Adventure rides because the elevator does not stop on other floors it just goes straight up. Soon we would be rewarded tenfold for our efforts. The elevator door opened …. then quiet serenity coupled with the best view of our trip….a view which delighted us and took our breath away. I forgot how high up we were. There was a solid wall around the tower with tiny holes that have ropes across them. It was easy enough to maneuver the camera in between the ropes to take the pictures (my daughter took most of the pictures – we made a great pair!).
Our trip here was in July 2014. We found this church to be a welcome refuge from the crowds in San Marco. Being from New York, we have a high tolerance for crowds, however, neither one of us enjoy being in the middle of them. I would say there were less than 50 people in the whole church, unlike the Vatican where we felt like sardines….but that’s a story for another post.
If you are not on a tour it is very easy to catch a vaporetto to this Island – you won’t be sorry!
Kids: Young children may get bored here very quickly. I don’t think there is enough to keep them interested and I don’t know if there is an age limit for the tower. If allowed up, older kids will most likely enjoy the elevator ride and the Tower.