San Samuele (Church)

Where Casanova's career started

The original building for San Samuele church in Venice dates back to XI century, but this was restaured several times (rebuilt in 1685); last time was only in 1952 (the facade). On the outside, the most significant feature remains the Byzantine style bell tower of the XII century, one of the most ancients in town.
The parish of San Samuele is today known for having been the neighbourhood of Giacomo Casanova’s family (who was living in a house in the near Calle Malipiero, now demolished). Casanova was baptised here and even gave two sermons in the church at the age of 15, before deciding to give up his ecclesiastical career.

San Samuele church faces the Grand Canal and can easily be reached from the homonym water bus stop. However, it is normally closed, exept during the Biennale of art, when it may be used as an exhibition venue.

San Marco 3188, Salizzada Malipiero, 30124 - Venezia
+39 041 52 25 061
Opening hours
All days
Closed on Sundays
Water bus Line 2, N | San Samuele