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Venice: Vatican Chapels, Borges Labyrinth and Teatro Verde

1. Venice: Vatican Chapels, Borges Labyrinth and Teatro Verde

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of 2 of the island's most breathtaking landmarks, the Vatican Chapels and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get kitted out with your audioguide before heading to your first stop, the Borges Labyrinth. Here, enter the surreal world of writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path, made with 3200 boxwood plants, and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols with the help of your audioguide. Next, stroll through the woods of the Vatican Chapels and admire the architecture of 10 chapels designed by internationally-renowned architects. Listen to original music composed by Antonio Fresa as you soak up the atmosphere of the location. Finish the visit with the tour of the Teatro Verde, the most beautiful theater in the world, as actress Katharine Hepburn defined it in the 1950s. Built starting in 1952 on a project by the architects Luigi Vietti and Angelo Scattolin, it is an amphitheater with steps of white Vicenza stone interspersed with boxwood backs. Building this theater was a huge undertaking, which required six hundred and forty working days and one hundred and sixty-six workers at work every day. The construction of the grandiose stage which covers an area of 1,400 square meters was very difficult. The orchestra pit could accommodate up to 150 performers.

Venice: Cini Foundation-Borges Labyrinth-Teatro Verde

2. Venice: Cini Foundation-Borges Labyrinth-Teatro Verde

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of 3 of the island's most breathtaking landmarks, the Giorgio Cini Foundation, the Vatican Chapels, and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get your audio guide and headphones. Head to the Giorgio Cini Foundation to see a facsimile of Paolo Veronese’s Wedding at Cana in Palladio's Refectory, the photography room, the elegant Longhena staircase and the restored former Benedictine Monastery. Next, discover the Teatro Verde, the most beautiful theater in the world, as actress Katharine Hepburn defined it in the 1950s. It is an amphitheater with steps of white Vicenza stone interspersed with boxwood backs. Building this theater was a huge undertaking, which required six hundred and forty working days and one hundred and sixty-six workers at work every day. The construction of the grandiose stage which covers an area of 1,400 square meters was very difficult. The orchestra pit could accommodate up to 150 performers. Finally, head to Borges Labyrinth to enter the surreal world of the writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path made from 3200 boxwood plants and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols.

Venice: Audio Guided Tour of Vatican Chapels in a Wood

3. Venice: Audio Guided Tour of Vatican Chapels in a Wood

Admire the incredible architecture of 10 Vatican Chapels designed by a team of international architects as part of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Take a leisurely 1-hour tour through the scenic wood of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, in which the 10 chapels are hidden, and learn fascinating information as you listen to an audio guide. Admire the design of the chapels, created by architects from around the world who were specially commissioned by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

Venice: My Special Venice City Card for 7 Attractions

4. Venice: My Special Venice City Card for 7 Attractions

Discover the cultural treasures of Venice with ease with the My Special Venice digital card. Valid for 365 days, the card offers one time access to 8 attractions as well as discounts and concessions at on-site bookshops and cafes. Enjoy access to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Querini Stampalia Foundation, La Fenice Theater, Cini Palace, the Vatican Chapels, and Teatro Verde on San Giorgio Island. Save time waiting in line and use your card to book advance admission to each of the attractions. Just follow the instructions in your email.

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What people are saying about Vatican Chapels

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 49 reviews

We really enjoyed visiting the chapels and the labyrinth. You can get information via audio guide. We would have liked to see the monastery courtyards, but unfortunately that wasn't possible because an exhibition was being prepared. You can only stay in the garden with a guide, no free disposal.

Friendly and welcoming staff!!! The Borges labyrinth is surprising. Unfortunately the foundation was closed during our visit.