Visiting San Giorgio Maggiore .. Venice
affords an opportunity to take in fantastic vistas of Venice’s Doges Palace and the lagoon from the church tower. San Giorgio is also the name of the magnificent basilica’s island location.
Looking away from Venice from the top of the campanile – the neo-classical bell tower, you’ll feast your eyes on the island of Giudecca, where we stopped to have a mid-day meal in an inviting restaurant facing the Giudecca Canal.
One of the most compelling sights I encountered in Venice: Atop the Campanile, I gazed down upon the serene cloisters of the San Giorgio Monastery founded by the Benedictines. The long history of the site includes a massive earthquake in 1223 that leveled the original buildings. Today, the church’s glistening facade – designed by Andrea Palladio in 1566 – is paid homage to by all who appreciate art and architecture.
The magnificent Cloister of the Cypresses reveals a courtyard with a breathtaking layout of parterres arranged in a complex pattern: The Borges Labyrinth. The Georgio Cini Foundation, which restored the island and redeveloped the San Georgio complex, offers guided tours of this cultural treasure.