Despite his block booking of two of the city’s most exclusive hotels last year, Mr Clooney isn’t the most significant George to Venice. The lagoon features two monastic islands named after Saint George.
The lesser known of these is San Giorgio in Alga, which lies west of the tip of Giudecca. It’s now abandoned but its name still has a degree of romance; St George in the Seaweed!
The other San Giorgio is far more entitled to its title of Maggiore (meaning greater or superior). So close to the eastern tip of Giudecca as to be almost indistinguishable, San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the most recognised landmarks of the city thanks to the bright white marble of Palladio’s basilica of San Giorgio.
As often as not though it must do battle with a foreground bustling with moored gondole.