Church of San Pantalon
Church of San Pantalon
4.5
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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Moscow, Russia146,233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The current building was built at the end of the 17th century, designed by Francesco Comino. The artistic dominant of the church is the fake ceiling painting by Giovanni Antonio Fumiani, which contains forty scenes from the life of the saint.
Written 9 January 2023
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Bodhisattva_75
Milan, Italy359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Church of San Pantalon is a treasure chest with a very special treasure inside.
Its facade is somewhat ordinary but once you set foot in the church you will be amazed!
The ceiling is fully covered with a huge oil paint - the most extensive in the entire world - consisting of 40 canvas.
It took painter Giovanni Antonio Fumiani 24 years to complete his job.
As you get in if you go to the right side you can use a 1 Euro coin to have the ceiling illuminated: especially useful if you visit the church late in the afternoon or on a dark winter day.
Please always check opening hours on the church official website before you go.
Once you leave the church you can have wonderful cicheti and excellent red wine at a nearby bacaro. Its name is "El Sbarlefo San Pantalon".
Written 2 January 2021
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Yorkwitch
York, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited this amazing church on one of the La Bussola free walking tours. The outside is nothing but once inside you will be astounded by the paintings on the walls. However when you look up to the ceiling everything else just pales into the shade. The ceiling is the most detailed, exquisite, huge, amazing canvas that you will see anywhere. It is simply stunning. Do not miss this experience.
Written 6 April 2019
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Tamaranightwish
Beit Shemesh, Israel28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
This church proves the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cove'"
The stunning interior more than compensates the blank exterior.
A definite must for all art lovers
Written 17 September 2017
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aureliaowner
London, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Worth visiting if you are passing - huge paintings of the protracted death of an unknown saint. Another place where binoculars help.
Written 16 October 2019
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James B
Anchorage, AK224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
This was our first trip to Venice and we were staying in the Hotel Moresco, which is only a short walk from the San Pantaleone church. Because of limited opening hours, it took three attempts before I finally managed to go inside, but it was worth it. I had never heard of the 18th century artist Fumiani, who painted the ceiling depicting the life of St. Pantalon. This is painted with faux architectural elements that make the ceiling look higher. It is not a fresco, but an oil painting on canvas, reputed to be the largest in the world. You can put a 50 euro cent coin to light the ceiling, although it is a fairly weak light and stays on for only a short time. It is unfortunate that they do not allow photographs, but judging from all the photos posted on the internet, it seems that many people manage to ignore this prohibition. I did not try, because I was the only visitor inside the church, the caretaker was standing next to me, and I assumed they were serious in requesting no photography.
Written 23 September 2017
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Chris H
Middlewich, UK225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lovely church in a relatively quiet square. One of many but always a delight to visit. Places to sit and eat nearby
Written 30 June 2019
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Jamie
Charlotte, NC7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Most of the big well known churches in Italy will have lines, charge for tickets, and require you to cover up (more difficult in summer months). This hidden gem is so unexpected. There are no people pouring in, it is quiet inside, you can come as you are, and the oil and canvas ceiling masterpiece - the largest in the world - is really something to see. The fact that they don't allow photos makes time there even more special because you are being present and seeing the beauty through your own eyes and not through a camera.
Written 16 June 2019
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Raidon22
London, UK280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Absolutely stunning ceiling painting
When you walk in, don’t look up, if not already on turn on ceiling lights (on the right 1 Euro), sit in the middle of church, then look up. What a view
Written 2 June 2019
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Steve L
Bristol, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The old saying of not judging a book by it's cover holds true. The builders spend all of their budget on the inside and particularly the ceiling canvas which is excellent and as good, if not better, than many I've seen around the world - just this one is much, much bigger.

They run out of money before they could add a facade to the building so it's still bare bricks with locating holes where the marble would have located.

The artist broke the mold when painting it, as he cut sheets of canvas to paint three figures above the alter to draw the eye back to what should be the focus of the church - the alter. The three figures are part of the painting, but stand apart form it which apparently had never been done before.

PS Some fine arts students may say that the light is too yellow to show it off at it's best and so it seems as if opinion is divided as to whether to light it up or not - either way the €1 only buys the lights for about a minute.
Written 10 December 2018
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