"S. Pietro de Castello ? bishop's seat once" Top 5 Page for this destination Castello District - Sestiere Castello Tip by Trekki

Isola San Pietro or Isola Olivolo, as it was called centuries ago was one of the very first islands which were inhabited in Venice?s very early days. It was also an important bishop seat until mid 1807.

On the website Churches of Venice it is written that the earliest church dates back to 650, later rebuilt and extended. There it is also mentioned that Palladio was asked to work on the exterior but at the end he died before the work was completed in early 17th century. But this was obviously based upon Palladio?s plans because the facade looks like ?Palladio?. Inside I found it rather plain and white except the altar section. Here a beautiful painting highlights the ceiling and an altarpiece by Baldassare Longhena. A few metres away stand this campanile and despite I knew that it must have been crooked since a long time I was slightly nervous when I walked around it. The bell tower was built early too but collapsed various times after a fire and lightning. The one we see today is from 17th century.

The church is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It once belonged to the Chorus Pass which is no longer available but is replaced with the churches section of Venezia Unica Pass. But sadly it is no where mentioned how much admission fee is when one does not have this church pass.
Photography was not allowed in May 2007 when I was inside. I assume this is still the case today.

Vaporetto stop: San Pietro di Castello (lines 4.1./4.2. and 5.1./5.2.)
Venice vaporetto map
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Location of (1) bridge to Isola San Pietro, (2) Chiesa San Pietro, (3) Isola San Pietro on Bing Maps.

Ingrid D., June 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).

Website: http://www.churchesofvenice.co.uk/castello.htm#sanpietdicast

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  • Updated Jun 26, 2015
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