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Address: Venetian Lagoon, Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 39-041-729-2811
Description: Venice's cemetary island since the 1800s.

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Not at all sure I can muster up the pseudo eloquence of the would be Bill Bryson who reviewed this before me...... San Michele is what it it is...the cemetery of Venice. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Durham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Not at all sure I can muster up the pseudo eloquence of the would be Bill Bryson who reviewed this before me...... San Michele is what it it is...the cemetery of Venice. It's beautifully maintained, and has separate and distinct "zones " for nuns, priests, service personnel and Protestants and Catholics. The memorials range from the multi layered plaques (... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

"Now, this is a pristine place to be buried" mused my femme whimsically, as we viewed it from the Fondamenta Nova at the edge of the city, the island presented itself with its elegant cypress- punctuated profile. A short water-taxi bus- ride gets you a footing but not a resting place at San Michele Isle. Don't forget to to dally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We never visit Venice without a boat ride here. Beautifully cared for it shows the life and death, the hardships of the families of old Venice as well as a few celeb memorials.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Italians sure look after their dead. The island is larger than expected and full to the brim with well... dead. All graves are well tended with pictures of the deceased on headstones etc. Very sobering, it makes you think about just how precious life is, and that you hope when you're gone, the people who are left take as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Venice's cemetery island, it is only a few minutes away by vaporetto (waterbus) and can be visited on the way to Murano. The boats run regularly so you can spend as little or as much time here as you like. I have been here more than once. There is a very quiet, calm atmosphere in this small, beautifully laid out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I love a good cemetery and this one fits the bill. Always a must when I'm Venice during tourist season. Town gets too crowded and this is the perfect place to escape to. Some interesting people buried here but just a great place to wander round or lounge on a bench. Take snacks and a book and you'll have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The Isola di San Michele is the cemetery island in the Venetian lagoon. If you enjoy the quietude and moodiness of cemeteries, this is definitely worth a couple of hours. Besides the many historic areas of San Michele, find the newer "suburbs" with the modern, stone and glass mausolea. Some are pretty tacky, but others are quite impressive, with walk-through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

San Michele was a nice break from some of the busy streets and piazzas of Venice. It is full of greenery and color, which are often absent from the main Venetian islands. It was a nice break to stroll in the cemetery. Be sure to visit Nobel-laureate Brodsky's grave (with the nearby wooden cabinet housing visitors' written thoughts) and Diaghilev's... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I spent a few hours exploring this cemetery island on my recent trip to Venice. I understand that cemeteries are not everyone's thing but to those who are interested it is worth a stop. I had the large place mostly to myself only passing fellow visitors every 10-20 minutes. It is very easy to get turned around. The place was... More 

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georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My sister and I spent an afternoon exploring this cemetary and really enjoyed it. We saw Ezra Pound's place of rest. The children's area was sweet but sad. Lots of pictures on the graves sites. A lot of history. Peaceful and beautiful.

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