If you are planning a visit or a vacation in Venice during the Christmas season, you can experience the city like the Venetians do since the crowds of the tourist season are gone. Why don’t tour the churches with the paintings of the Nativity?
In the Church of san Giuseppe di Castello, on the tympanum above the portal, there is a bas-relief representing The Adoration of the Magi by Giulio dal Moro. On the main altar, the Adoration of the Shepherds is the work of Paolo Veronese; another of his paintings, the Nativity of Christ , is in the Church of san Sebastiano.
And the discovery continues: in the Church of santa Maria dei Carmini, Nativity with Saints by Cima da Conegliano; in the Church of san Nicolò dei Mendicoli the Adoration of the Magi by Alvise Benfatto; in the Church of san Trovaso, the Adoration of the Magi by Domenico Tintoretto and in the Church of san Zaccaria, the Adoration of the Shepherds by Antonio Balestra; in the Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo the Adoration of the Shepherds by Paolo Veronese.
The Nativity by Tiepolo can be admired in the ceiling of the Church of santa Maria del Rosario (Gesuati) while in the Gallerie dell’Accademia the Triptych of the Nativity by Giovanni Bellini and in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Adoration of the Shepherds by Jacopo Tintoretto. Do not skip the Museum of Icons where you can admire the Nativity scene in an icon from the second half of the 15th century.
In the Church of Scalzi, near Venice railway station, on show two glass cribs, Murano Glass Christmas from December 16th to January 20th 2018. Other nativity scenes in the Terra dei Tiepolo in various locations in the mainland.