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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute Tours

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

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.

Address: Fondamenta Salute, Venice 30123, Italy
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

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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 Gondola Ride and Serenade

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A secret walking tour to explore together the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals, beautiful squares with wells and churches… it allows you to get to know the area of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and more authentic in contrast of the classic tourist rout numerous examples of places that are little known to visitors but that certainly merits a visit.
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Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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• Enjoy a must-do experience in Venice without wasting time on site thanks to online booking • Enjoy the privilege of having an entire gondola at your disposal for 30 minutes up to a maximum of 4 people, without the hassle to share it with people you don't know, as is the case with cheaper shared gondola rides • Choose your perfect departure time among 5 different time slots every day, all year long, either in the morning or in the afternoon • Start your ride just a few steps from St Mark’s Square but away from the crowds of tourists • Cruise past famous highlights of Venice overlooking the Grand Canal but also discover the intimate charm and hidden gems of inner canals
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Step aboard a private boat and let the beauty of Venice enchant you as you explore one of the world’s most romantic cities and its spectacular sights with a local guide. You’ll set your own schedule for this four-hour tour with an included pickup at your hotel or the cruise terminal, learning about the artistry of glass-blowing on Murano, marveling at the technicolor homes and intricate lacemaking traditions passed on through generations in Burano, and taking in the rich history and architecture of the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square, with a few detours to lesser-known lagoons and neighborhoods along the way.
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