Chiesa della Pietà is short for Santa Maria della Pietà. Previously it was Santa Maria della Visitazione. Among other Venice churches, it stands out as Vivaldi’s church. The church is where the great composer created and performed. The church also serves as a concert hall thanks to the acoustic-friendly oval shape.
In September, you can enjoy Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by the Virtuosi Italiani. It’s a splendid idea for a night out! If you want to walk around the church, there’s no charge, but you can also go on a guided tour. It takes place daily, Tuesday through Friday.
Chiesa della Pietà is in the Castello sestiere. Located on the Riva degli Schiavoni, a walking distance from the Doge’s Palace, it’s easy to find on the Venice map.
History, architecture & art
Chiesa della Pietà we see today was built in 1745-1760, next to the old church, orphanage, and Ospedale della Pietà. The church’s design was according to Giorgio Massari. Yet, the facade stayed incomplete until 1906. One of the church’s gems is a large bas-relief depicting Charity by Marsili.
As you walk inside the church, you’ll be in awe of its oval interior and the artwork collection. Above the main entrance door, you’ll find a painting by Alessandro Bonvicino called Jesus in Simon’s House. Look at the marvelous ceiling frescos by Tiepolo and his aide, Jacopo Guarana. The frescoes depict Strength and Peace and the Triumph of Faith.
Chiesa della Pietà is home to a lovely chapel by Giovanni Maria Morlaiter. It has a beautiful tabernacle decorated with bronze figures. The main altarpiece is the Visitation by Giambattista Piazzetta. He started it, and Giuseppe Angeli, his student, finished it. The side altars contain charming paintings by Giuseppe Angeli, Angelo Marinetti, and Maggiotto.
10.15am-noon & 3-5pm Tue-Fri 10.15am-1pm & 2-5pm Sat & Sun