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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