St Sebastian church and the Scuola of the Carmini

The Church of San Sebastiano is one of the Renaissance jewels dating back to the 1550s, but not very well known to most people who visit Venice.

Built long ago and reconstructed by the architect that was also entrusted to rebuild the Rialto area, Antonio Abbondi (called the Scarpagnino) in the 16th century, the church deserves a visit for the paintings and frescoes by Paolo Veronese that completely cover it. The artist, who worked here for several years, was eventually buried close to the presbyterium.

From the brilliant almost profane colours of his youth to the more dramatic light emerging from his latest works, here you can follow the artistic path of this painter who created a lot of works at the Doge’s Palace as well as on the mainland.

The tour then moves to the School of the Carmini, the seat of a powerful brotherhood. The building was designed by Baldassarre Longhena and the paintings inside are by Giambattista Tiepolo, “the new Veronese,” dating back to the middle of the 18th century.

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Photo: Luisella Romeo

Tour details

Duration 2h
Rate 85 euro per hour (not per person)
Extra costs entrance fee for the church and for the Scuola
Designed for everybody

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