19th July 2011. Written by Xin Li.
Established in 982, the Monastery of San Giorgio stands on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, opposite San Marco. The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore was designed by none other than Andrea Palladio.
The church was built between 1566 and 1610 AD in classical Renaissance style. The main attraction of this church is probably the campanile tower. The trip to the top cost about 5 Euros but unlike San Marco campanile, the San Giorgio tower is less crowded and hence a cheaper alternative to the one at San Marco. Furthermore, you could see the San Marco Square from San Giorgio which was quite a beautiful sight.
To get to San Giorgio Maggiore, simply take the vaporetto and drop off at S.Giorgio stop. The church opens at 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, it would be open from 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm.