Guided tours


As part of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini project to integrate visitor services on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, from Tuesday 16 April, it will be possible to visit not only the monumental complex but also the Foundation’s “Wood” and the Vatican Chapels, presented to the public last year during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

The overall installation, in fact, was created for the first ever Holy See Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi invited ten architects (from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Chile, Serbia and Paraguay) to build a chapel each, starting from the model of Gunnar Asplund’s “Woodland Chapel”, constructed in a Stockholm cemetery in 1920. The result was the Vatican Chapels, and these highly unusual, new buildings are now on permanent display in a setting, both natural and abstract, in the “Wood” of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

There are guided tours of the monumental complex of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the “Wood” every day of the week, thanks to the collaboration with D’Uva of Florence, which has created a special video-guided itinerary.
Touch-screen video guides provide visitors with a unique experience, thanks to photos, videos, interviews and special contents.
The project has been implemented in partnership with Assicurazioni Generali.


 

Itineraries

Visitors can choose from two different itineraries.

 

The first itinerary takes you on a tour of the monumental buildings of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, including the two cloisters, the Palladian Refectory with the Wedding of Cana, the Photography Room, Longhena’s Grand Staircase and Library, the Nuova Manica Lunga Library and the Borges Labyrinth.

 

The second itinerary explores the “Wood” in the Foundation grounds with the ten Vatican Chapels, designed by internationally renowned architects for the first ever Holy See Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

The third itinerary takes in both the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels.

 

The guided tours of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the Vatican Chapels take place at fixed times, every day during the summer, and every day except Wednesday in winter (see “Opening times”). Having booking admission for a chosen time, on arrival visitors will receive a video guide, included in the cost of the tour and available in six languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French, German and Russian).
For security reasons, the Foundation can only be visited in groups of up to 25 people, accompanied by an authorised guide.


Opening times
The first itinerary (Fondazione Giorgio Cini) and the second itinerary (“Wood” with Vatican Chapels) last about 1 hour each; the third itinerary (Foundation + Vatican Chapels) lasts about 2 hours.

 

Winter Time: From 6 November 2019 to 20 March 2020: every day except Wednesday, from 10 am to 3 pm (last departure 3 pm)

 

Summer Time: From 21 March to 5 November 2020: every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on the hour (last departure 6.00 pm)

 

The monumental complex and the Vatican Chapels can currently be visited at the following times:

10 am: tour of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini
11 am: tour of the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels
12 pm: tour of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini
1 pm: tour of the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels
2 pm: tour of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini
3 pm: tour of the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels

 

Private guided tours – booking required: tel. +39 041 2710237 email visitcini@duva.eu
School groups – booking required: tel. +39 041 2710237 email visitcini@duva.eu
For information or communications, please contact the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Ticket Office: tel. +39 041 2710237 email visitcini@duva.eu


Tickets

 

Itinerary 1
Tour of the Foundation
Itinerary 2
Tour of the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels

 

€14 – standard ticket
€12 – concessions: over 65 / under 26 / Venetian residents / students / civic service volunteers / other partnerships
€10 – per person in student groups (minimum of 10), for secondary school and university students
€32 – family of 3 including at least one child under 18 (€7 for each extra person)
€120 – groups of up to 10 people with audio guide service (extra people – €8 per person)
€180 – groups of up to 10 people with an official guide service (extra people – €8 per person)
€100 – groups of primary and middle-school students for booked tours on Monday mornings, with audio guide

€150 – groups of primary and middle-school students for booked tours on Monday mornings with official guide

FREE ADMISSION – children under 12 accompanied by parents / Venetian residents on the second Tuesday of the month

 

Itinerary 3

Tour of the Foundation + tour of the “Wood” with the Vatican Chapels

 

€18 – standard ticket
€16 – concessions

€13 – per person in student groups (minimum of 10), for secondary school and university students
€40 – families of 3, including at least one child under 18 (€7 for each extra person)
€150 – groups of up to 10 people with audio guide service (extra people – €9 per person)
€250 – groups of up to 10 people with official guide service (extra people – €10 per person)
€120 – groups of primary and middle-school students for booked tours on Monday mornings with audio guide

€180 – groups of primary and middle-school students for booked tours on Monday mornings with official guide

FREE ADMISSION – children under 12 accompanied by parents / Venetian residents on the second Tuesday of the month.

 


For information

Contact the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Ticket Office: visitcini@duva.eu
Private guided tours – booking required: tel. +39 041 2710237; email visitcini@duva.eu
School groups – booking required: tel. +39 041 2710237; email visitcini@duva.eu

*** In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons, it will not be possible to visit the Vatican Chapels.