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San Francesco del Deserto

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Address: Isola di San Francesco, Venice, Italy
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015

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English first
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 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 greeted by a Franciscan brother who showed us around and told us about the place,... More 

Thank ronger5
san francisco
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 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.

Thank lampert
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74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

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 history. Fabulous!

Thank Constant_Discovery
Pensacola, Florida
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345 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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 islands like this was a bonus. Beautiful and tree covered, we saw lots of birds... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

8 Thank Christina C
Venice, Italy
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214 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 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.

8 Thank lagoon08
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 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 

12 Thank LaDolceVita27
Raleigh, NC
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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!

1 Thank tvkelly
Venice, Italy
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 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 

6 Thank caroline_venezia
durham, NC USA
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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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