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San Francesco del Deserto

Isola di San Francesco, Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 6863
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Private Tour: Churches and Cloisters of Venice
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17 May 2017
“Look for this one”
5 Aug 2016
“Enchanting history and architecture”
Isola di San Francesco, Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 6863
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Venice has 120 churches - and this one is special for 2 reasons. 1. It is beautiful inside with access to the perimeter of the cloisters. 2. It is off the beaten track near (and around to the side) of the Arsenale. So if you...More

Thank Blakeman11
Reviewed 5 August 2016

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.

1  Thank dven8
Reviewed 19 September 2015

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...More

1  Thank ronger5
Reviewed 17 September 2015

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.

1  Thank lampert
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

Here for a few days in 1220 St Francis stopped for a few days on his way back from the Holy Land on a Venetian ship. Here he preached his famous sermon to the birds. A Franciscan brother gives a free tour with all the...More

1  Thank Constant_Discovery
Reviewed 16 July 2015

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...More

Thank Grover R
Reviewed 13 May 2014

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...More

10  Thank Christina C
Reviewed 29 October 2013

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...More

10  Thank lagoon08
Reviewed 26 September 2013

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...More

17  Thank LaDolceVita27
Reviewed 25 September 2013

An unexpected aside to our trip to Murano, our guide was able to get us into the Franciscan Monastery an this lovely island. We had a tour by one of the Friars who described the history of the monastery. Truly a place of Peace and...More

2  Thank tvkelly
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