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Frari Church (Basilica dei Frari)
Frari Church (Basilica dei Frari)

Frari Church (Basilica dei Frari)

Free admission
Calle del Scaleter, 3072, Venice, Italy, 30125

The Basics

Due to the scope and importance of the Titian painting behind the main altar—and artworks inside the sacristy, nave, and side chapels—the best way to visit Frari Church is with a guide. Join a private or small-group tour to fully appreciate these Venetian art masterpieces. The church is located in Venice’s central San Polo district, home to the Rialto Bridge and market; it's a captivating neighborhood to explore on a walking tour.

This brick church was built for the Franciscans between the 14th and 15th centuries, and the monks commissioned a number of renowned artists and sculptors to decorate the interior. Significant works to seek out include Titian’sPesaro Madonna; Giovanni Bellini’sMadonna andChild with Saints Nicholas of Bari,Peter,Mark, andBenedict; and Donatello’sSt. John the Baptist. Be sure to admire the church’s ornately carved choir stalls by Marco Cozzi.

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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour
Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour
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$277.45 per adult
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Great walking tour of many areas of Venice
Barbara gave my friend and me a terrific tour that covered many areas of Venice, not just Rialto, San Polo, and I Frari. Because there were only two of us on the tour, it was tailored to us. Barbara knows Venice inside-out and was easily able to answer all our questions. Just to note: tour guides in Venice who provide outside tours are not permitted to provide inside tours. Therefore, this tour did not provide detailed information on the inside of i Frari. This is not a criticism of Barbara; it’s just how it apparently works here in Venice.
Catherine_R, Oct 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Frari Church is must-see for admirers of Italian Renaissance and religious art.

  • This is a religious site, and proper attire and decorum are required to enter. Cover your shoulders and knees, and keep your voice low.

  • The church is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is on the Campo dei Frari, which you can reach on foot along a series of twisting lanes that skirt the neighborhood’s quiet canals. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is S. Toma.

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When to Get There

Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and all of its sights are crowded in summer. If traveling from May to November, schedule a Frari Church visit in early morning or late afternoon, when you can enjoy the art and sculpture in relative peace. The church is open daily from morning until early evening and closes early on Sundays and holidays.

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Notable Tombs in Frari Church

The Frari contains the funerary monuments of a number of important and wealthy Venetian doges and religious figures, including members of the powerful Pesaro family. The artist Titian is interred here, as is the heart of sculptor Antonio Canova, preserved inside a pyramid-shaped monument the artist had originally designed for the remains of Titian.

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