**A shout out to Kristen because without her, we probably wouldn't have done this activity. Many thanks Kristen!!
While most tourists in Venice choose to climb the San Marco di Campanile, we took a different approach to get views of the Venice and its surrounding area from above. The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is located on its own island (same name as the church), and it is located just across the water from the main square.
Giudecca (another island of Venice). We were only two of six people to get off on the San Giorgio Maggiore island, so we knew we wouldn't have to fight for views in the tower.
Other posts on Venice: Burano, General
The main islands of Venice have around 118 churches with 115 of them being catholic. source