A small church in the square where we stayed, San Giovanni is the site where composer Antonio Vivaldi was baptized. The Church was and is a central part of life in Venice. Often you find a church with a nearby well as main features of a square. Even today, these squares are a center of city life. Friends and family come out after work and school to play and socialize.
Venice is at heart a Catholic city. Like many Italian cities, there’s a church on every corner. These churches link up to create a maze of parishes that formed the heart of Venetian social and family life.
We walked through a couple churches today. Unlike American churches, Venetian churches drip with paintings and ornaments. Walk into a church here, and you really start to comprehend the power of Rome for thousands of years.