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San Francesco del Deserto

Isola di San Francesco, Venice, Italy
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Ranked #38 of 215 attractions in Venice
Type: Islands
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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 lives there (and speaks no English). He was delightful! At the time, there was also... More

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Venice, Italy
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158 reviews 158 reviews
70 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 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 to pinch yourself that such places still exist. Make the effort, it is worth it.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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252 reviews 252 reviews
19 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 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 at his boat, just on your right as you disembark from the vaporetto in Burano.... More

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Raleigh, NC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 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 Good!

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Venice, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We visited the island this afternoon via vaporetto to Burano, then as passengers on a private boat from there for a very reasonable E10pp return (booked via http://www.lagunaescursioni.com/). Currently departures are at 2.30pm every day except Monday. The pilot was a very jolly bloke who chatted about the island & other lagoon matters on the way, which takes about 15... More

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durham, NC USA
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13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Venice was the first stop on our 3 week Italian vacation, with a stay in Assisi also planned. Visiting this tranquil Franciscan monastery seemed to fit our theme, and was something we were unable to do the previous year (2011). We rented a taxi boat for a 4 hour lagoon cruise. San Francesco del Deserto was our first stop. Getting... More

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