The northern part of Cannaregio is definitely one of my favourite areas in Venice. Among the reasons why I especially appreciate this “sestiere” is its still relative authenticity, being slightly detached from main touristic paths, and the absence of classic junk souvenirs shops. This means that important and interesting spots still remain a sort of preserved treasures one has to discover on purpose. Madonna dell’Orto church is me one of these jewels, at least for me. It is one of the most significant gothic churches in town and it has one of the most interesting facades among Venice’s churches.
Take a look at the twelve, perfect statues representing the apostles (according to a legend, one of these statues has the appearance of Judas…) and at the bell tower, which has elements of oriental art and looks like a big balloon. If you compare it with other bell towers, it is quite peculiar.
Last but not least, Madonna dell’Orto contains numerous masterpieces of Jacopo Tintoretto. I particularly like the big paintings behind the altar, l’Adorazione del vitello d’oro e il Giudizio Universale. This Church is strictly connected with this famous painter and his family. Tintoretto was born in Venice, he lived in Cannaregio (his house is not far from here) and his tomb is inside the church, where you can find his family’s memorial headstone.