Giorgio Cini Foundation

Established in 1951 on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore by Vittorio Cini, the Giorgio Cini Foundation is a pole humanities for the research, study and enhancement of cultural heritage.

Divided into Institutes, Centres, Libraries and Residences for scholars, the Giorgio Cini Foundation promotes debate and contemporary dialogue between cultures from all over the world and preserves an inestimable heritage of
artistic, literary, musical and archival treasures.

fondazione giorgio cini, isola di san giorgio

Giorgio Cini Foundation

The tour includes a visit to the Longhena Staircase, the Palladio Cloister, the Buora Cloister, the Cenacle with the Wedding at Cana, the Longhena Library and the New Manica Lunga. It’s a journey accompanied by an audio guide through art, history and architecture.


Labirinto Borges

IThe tour includes a visit to the Borges Labyrinth: 3200 boxwood plants inspired by the story by Jorge Luis Borges, ‘The Garden of Forking Paths‘. During the visit you will be accompanied by an audio guide with an original soundtrack by composer Antonio Fresa, with the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra. Read more >>

Vatican Chapels

Vatican Chapels

The tour allows you to visit the Wood containing the Vatican Chapels, first opened to the public in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Visitors can listen to the audio guide, with an original soundtrack produced for this itinerary. Read more >>

Teatro Verde

The tour includes a visit to the inside of the Green Theatre for the first time. Made entirely of concrete and stone, the theatre extends like a grandiose decorative element on the southern edge of the island of San Giorgio. Read more >>


come accedere

Online booking is required

Guided tours on the island of San Giorgio take place in time slots with limited admissions. To avoid waiting and to ensure entry, online booking is therefore required.

Online booking is through the online purchase of the free admission ticket, then selecting a day and time slot. When booking, select the ‘FREE’ item (valid for holders of a My Special Venice card).

Please show up 10 minutes before the booked time and show the staff the QR code (via smartphone or printed version), received by email after purchasing the card.

For info:

opening hours

Summer Timetable:

  • 10.00 am Labyrinth Borges
  • 11.00 am Green Theater
  • 12.00 Vatican Chapels
  • 1.00 pm Giorgio Cini Foundation
  • 2.00 pm Labyrinth Borges
  • 3.00 pm Vatican Chapels
  • 4.00 pm Green Theater
  • 5.00 pm Giorgio Cini Foundation
  • 6.00 pm Labyrinth Borges
  • 6.15 pm Green Theater
  • 7.15 pm Labyrinth Borges (only Saturday and Sunday)

Times may be subject to variations; go to the website to consult the timetables in real time

How to get there

VAPORETTO : vaporetto number 2 (red number on the boat) stops at San Giorgio, both for those coming from the railway (Stazione Santa Lucia), from Piazzale Roma, from Tronchetto and from the Zattere, and for those coming from arrives from San Marco (San Zaccaria stop, pier B)

We suggest you download the Chebateo app or visit the website : just enter the departure and arrival stops and you will have the timetables without going crazy in the search for the right vaporetto.

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