The cult of Santa Fosca on Torcello became so popular in the early Middle Ages that a branch church was built here. This rather lacklustre, single-nave Santa Fosca was rebuilt after a fire in the 17th century, and has a pretty peaches-and-cream façade from the 18th century. Inside there's not a lot of art: the main work is a damaged painting of the Holy Family by Domenico Tintoretto, son of the more famous Jacopo.
The main reason to stop is to ponder the statue of Fra Paolo Sarpi, the only great intellectual Venice produced, a friend of Galileo, discoverer of the contraction of the iris, historian of the Council of Trent and the leading voice in Catholic Europe for religious tolerance and intellectual freedom. Sarpi was a hero for Protestants, and in the old days his statue was one of the things every visitor would have sought out.
Hours Tues & Thurs 9.30-11.15am
Campo Santa Fosca
vaporetto: San Marcuola
Image by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls