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San Michele

Venetian Lagoon, Venice, Italy (Castello)
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Ranked #40 of 214 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Islands
Description: Venice's cemetary island since the 1800s.
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Lexington, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

San Michele (the cemetery island of Venice) is a short boat ride from Venice. We stopped there en route to Murano and spent a couple hours walking around. There is restroom and some vending machines at the front entrance. After that, as you wander into the cemetery proper one is struck by the stillness and tranquility that is in stark... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Such an important and interesting part of Venice life...The place where, for more than 500 years, Venetians have laid to rest their family members. A beautiful island, easily reachable by vaporetto from the northern stop of Fondamente Nuova. A quiet place of beauty, shaded with trees, and stunning in the dedication Venetians have - and continue to show everyday -... More

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Across from Venice, 5 mn trip with vaporetto, you can stop onto this lovely island which is Venice cemetery. all the oldest family are there. beautiful gardens, so peaceful, locals get there even for pic nic, the church is one of my must see in Venice.

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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I have an interest in cemeteries, so often visit them when on holiday. This is very unusual in that cemetery takes up a whole, walled island in the Venice lagoon. It is fairly easy to get to on the vaparetto, which run about every 30 minutes and go on to Murano. It is a peaceful place to wander, well-maintained and... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Enjoyed he opportunity to attend graves of Joseph Brodsky and Serghei Diagileff. This place is very restful and serene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is probably one of the prettiest cemeteries to be buried. Surrounded by water with lovely views towards Venice and Murano, this is a very peaceful place. You can stop here on your way to Murano just to get away from the crowds.

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Los Angeles, California
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50 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is one of the places in Venice where you can escape the crowds. It's a short boat ride from the Cannaregio area. The boat stop is on Fondamente. The place is very serene and the graves have very nice sculptures. There's also a church with a peaceful cloister leading to the cemetery. The boat ride back to the Cannaregio... More

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

When I die, bury me here! We'll ok, it's a bit far for my loved ones to visit so perhaps not, but the place is incredible and worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We stopped for an hour to have a quiet walk between the toms and graves. There are different parts of the cemetary, that are differently arranged. Adjacent monastery is nice and quiet and you can see its inner court. We visited on Sunday, but didn't meet many neither tourists nor locals.

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Porlock Weir, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Stopped off here on our way to Morano (which proved disappointing) and San Michele - the ‘Island of the Dead’ - will remain long in our memory. Profoundly thought provoking; photos of the deceased, momentoes and relics within gated tombs, the mass burial area for nuns, expressionist sculptures... all combine to bring powerfully home the very transient nature of life... More

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