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"The Merchant of Venice" on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

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"The Merchant of Venice" on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

The famous play by Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice," was adapted into a great film in 2004, played by the great actor Al Pacino in the role of Shylock.

Almost the entire film was shot in Venice and one of the most beautiful sets is certainly the former Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore-currently the headquarters of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini-located on a small island in front of St Marks, reached by water bus No. 2.

In this beautiful place, the site of a monastery from the tenth century and rebuilt in Renaissance style by the famous architect Andrea Palladio in mid-500, scenes were shot in the palace of Porzia (played by Lynn Collins). Porzia in fact welcomes her lover Bassanio (the actor Joseph Fiennes) overlooking the beautiful staircase of the monastery, built by the famous architect Longhena in 1643. The staircase, decorated with precious marble inlays, consists of two ramps, enriched by three allegorical statues in niches: Justice, Charity and, in the centre, Venice.

The monastery is open on Saturdays and Sundays with a guide.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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