San Francesco del Deserto
San Francesco del Deserto
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Dick S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We paid in advance 22 euros for transportation to the island, we’re given a time and place to meet the boat. Arrived 30 minutes before the appointed time, stayed till 30 minutes after. Boat never came. Locals assured me I had the time and place right. The appointed place had a big sign: Embarco per San Francesco del Deserto.
Written 27 October 2021
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Ducatisti69
Boston, UK256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Small island donated to order of monks now with 5 friars that care for the church and island. Beautiful small church, clusters and gardens. If you book is possible to stay as a guest of the monks for meditation and prayer.
Interesting stop for a short trip if moving around the Venice lagoon.
Written 2 May 2018
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John A
Bristol, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
S Francesco del Deserto, a small island in the Venice lagoon near Burano, is an oasis of calm, tranquility and spiritual uplift in the midst of a busy, bustling world.
I have often read about it and longed to visit but my guide books said the only way of getting there was by an outrageously expensive taxi or private boat as it is not served by public transport.
So I was delighted to find a boat service based just a few yards from the water bus stop from Burano was available. A notice gave a telephone number and said prebooking and a minimum of four people was necessary. But when the boatman turned up he agreed to take just my wife and me to the island for only €10 each and wait an hour to take us back.
The island is home to a small Franciscan community and we were met by a Friar who though he spoke no English made us very welcome and showed us around.
The island has long been inhabited - archaeological remains date from Roman times - and was visited by St Francis in 1220 who founded the community. The island got its name because it was abandoned for 20 years in the 15th century because of the unhealthy state if the lagoon and a malaria outbreak. The community was also exiled in Napoleonic times when the island was used for a military gunpowder store.
We toured peaceful cloisters, a beautiful church, Friary buildings and immaculately kept gardens and admired wonderful art works.
There is no charge for the visit but visitors can make a donation though there is no pressure to do so.
I recommend a visit to the island for anyone who wants a break from the commotion and crowds and seeks a time of peace and reflection.
Written 7 April 2018
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dven8
Vicenza, Italy382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Although we had read and studied a lot about Venice over the years, we still learned a lot from the guide, a Franciscan monk. The history is complex and fascinating, and the architecture is very interesting and just as complex. Well worth a visit.
Written 5 August 2016
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ronger5
Israel324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
The monastery of San Francesco del Deserto is on an island, halfway between San Erasmo and Burano. The monastery started by Saint Francis. It is covered with beautiful lawns and fruit trees. We parked our river boat near the entrance and walked in. We were greeted by a Franciscan brother who showed us around and told us about the place, its history and inhabitants. We spent there 3 hours and enjoyed every minute.
Written 19 September 2015
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lampert
New York City, NY64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
We loved visiting San Francesco. The place is beautiful and remote and peaceful. The fryer who should us around was a lovely person, so warm and welcoming.
Written 17 September 2015
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,754 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
This is a small island in the northern lagoon between Burano and San Erasmo. The entire island consist of a monastery started by Saint Francis. We simple pasted it on boat ride in the northern lagoon which included stops in Murano and Burano. However, seeing islands like this was a bonus. Beautiful and tree covered, we saw lots of birds I had never seen flying around it and the surrounding marsh.
Written 16 July 2015
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Christina C
Raleigh, NC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
Put simply, San Francesco del Deserto is the most serene place I've ever visited. No crowds, no automobiles; just a beautiful verdant island surrounded by the sea. We visited the Franciscan Monastery on the island and were given a short tour by a friar who lives there (and speaks no English). He was delightful! At the time, there was also sort of an art installation inside the monastery. The friar was excited to show us how interactive parts of the exhibit worked (for instance, there was a crank that you could spin which, in turn, lit up petrified calf hearts).

The grounds were extremely well-maintained and we enjoyed walking around the island. There is a good view of Burano in the monastery's gardens. Don't forget to bring a camera!
Written 13 May 2014
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Chris W
Venice, Italy395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
We have been often by boat, sometimes rowing, sometimes by engine. It has to be the most magical place in the lagoon, Two wonderful cloisters, the early church and an interesting modern one. Walking around the grounds you are transported back to 1300s. You have to pinch yourself that such places still exist.
Make the effort, it is worth it.
Written 29 October 2013
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LaDolceVita27
King's Lynn, UK343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
It took us 2 attempts to complete this trip but once we enlisted the assistance of our concierge at Ca' Pisani it proved surprisingly straightforward. If you ring 347 9922959 (or get your concierge to do so) you can arrange for Massimiliano to meet you at his boat, just on your right as you disembark from the vaporetto in Burano. (Line 12 from Fondamente Nove or 7 from S Zaccaria, near San Marco, changing at Murano Faro.) A short trip across the water (10 euros pp return) takes you to the island. Massimiliano rings the bell and, once a friar appears, will tell him (if necessary) that you speak no Italian. You are then given a good explanatory leaflet in English and left to wander at your own speed.

The experience itself is magical especially if, like us, you have come an hour or two earlier from the hellish crowds packing irreverently into St Marks's Basilica during the tourist season. The location is, as the name conveys, isolated; you look out across marshes and water towards Burano but it is extremely tranquil. The gardens are very attractive in an austere way; lots of pines and olive trees with pots of flowers and some sculptures of varying degrees of attractiveness. (Our visit coincided with an exhibition Beyond the Mystical Landscape which demonstrated that there is nothing quite as pretentious as an artist's explanation of his or her inspiration.)

The original church itself is small but very striking. There are no golden artefacts or mosaics, just well-restored brick and a few homely icons: this feels like a place where you might be genuinely contemplative if you are of a religious persuasion. The courtyards are equally spare but attractive although the more appealing one, which can be seen through a gate, is reserved for the friars and those on retreat here.
Written 26 September 2013
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