Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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Key Info

Sestiere San Polo, 3072

Price & Hours

3 euros ($3.50) for adults; 1.50 euros ($1.75) for students 29 and younger
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun 1-6 p.m.

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, sometimes referred to simply as Frari,is a gothic-style church that was finished in the 14th century. The exterior is minimal in comparison to Saint Mark's Basilica because the Franciscans who built it wanted the building to emulate their beliefs on living a life of poverty. The interior, however, is a different story. Inside, you'll see works by Titian, Bellini and Vivarini, among other famous artists, and all for a cheaper price than the city's Venetian art museums. 

Recent visitors appreciated the minimal entrance fee, as well as the fact that it sits away from the frenzy of the Piazza San Marco. Others admired its intricate interiors, as well as its bevy of artworks, calling it a "must-see." 

You'll find the church located in San Polo, about a 25-minute walk from St. Mark's Square (follow the signs toward Ferrovia-Piazzale Roma). If you're arriving via waterbus, you can take lines 1 or 2 to the San Tomà stop. The basilica is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is 3 euros (about $3.50) for adults and 1.50 euros (about $1.75) for students 29 and younger. You can also purchase an audio guide for an extra 2 euros at the entrance. The tour spans 30 minutes and is available in six languages. For more information, visit the basilica's website.

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