USP (Venezia 272)

The upkeep of any historic building is an expensive outlay, and even with the vast wealth of the tourist euros that flood into the city everyday, you need to find a way to get a share of that cashflow.  The many churches in the city are testament to this; some rely upon frescos, sculptures and paintings by the masters of Renaissance Italy to make them a desirable destination, but if the beneficence of long-dead artists and their sponsors didn’t extend to your place of worship how do you draw in the crowds?

San Giacomo di Rialto operates as a concert venue as well as a church, and has a small sideline in historic musical instruments.  It’s a relatively small collection, but worth a visit if you’re passing, and with so many passing Rialto, that might just be enough.



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