In the northern province of Venice, on more than 30 kms of golden sand, Jesolo lido faces the Adriatic Sea.
As one of the top destinations in Italy, during summer Jesolo lido becomes an oasis of fun and relax at the same time.
In fact, beyond the beaches and wellness, Jesolo lido stands out the other suburbs because of Its events, charmy shops, restaurants, nightclub and cocktail bar sparkling up the nightlife as one of the best in Italy.
Between the attractions of this city take one day to join Aqualandia, the first water theme park in Italy, Jesolo’s Caribbean corner.
Unfortunately there is no direct connection with Venice, so you will need to take a bus from Punta Sabbioni, next to the embarcadero.
The Church of Madonna dell’Orto belongs to Venice sestiere of Cannaregio.
Madonna dell’Orto ‘s church takes its name from a sculpture of the Virgin Mary that was supposedly found in a garden nearby by a farmer who – legend has it – discovered it emanating a glow of its own accord during the night.
We suggest that you approach this church from Campo dei Mori in order to experience its sudden appearance from behind the buildings.
Madonna dell’Orto’s facade hosts 3 layers of sculptures:
At the highest point of the church are 4 statues representing the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Courage, Temperamence and Justice
On the mid-level stand the 12 apostles.
And, just below the apostles, a statue of St. Christopher carrying the Baby on his shoulder, with the Virgin and the Archangel Gabriel above the main entrance of the church.
Inside the church of Madonna dell’Orto, you will find a host of paintings by Giacomo Tintoretto (The Presentation of the Virgin, The Martyrdom of St Paul, The Vision of St. Peter, Moses Receiving the Tables of the Law, The Miracle of St. Agnes and of course, The last Judgement).
Click here to find the visiting hours for viewing these paintings.
It’s also worth noting, that in 1993, the small painting of Giovanni Bellini’s Madonna with Child, was stolen from the chapel.
Other curiosities about the Madonna dell’Orto:
The bell-tower at the back of the church is one of the highest in Venice and strongly resembles an islamic minaret, can you think why?
During the 13th century, the labour force in Venice came mainly from the middle-east, and they brought their culture and traditions with them, and so in turn this strongly influenced the parameters of this bell-tower construction and final design.
Also, if one has the eye for it – you may notice that one of the 12 apostles appears twice in the middle level of the church’s outer facade, why is this ?
Well, the order of friars known as the “Humiliati”, responsible for erecting the church, decided not to show Jude and instead replaced him with a second statue of Matthias.
Madonna dell’Orto is one of Venice attractions included in Adventure Theater’s itinerary, join us to discover much more about this church and other secrets hidden away in Venice!Click here for viewing the shows’ schedule