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San Francesco del Deserto

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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Small island donated to order of monks now with 5 friars that care for the church and island. Beautiful small church, clusters and gardens. If you book is possible to stay as a guest of the monks for meditation and prayer. Interesting stop for a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

S Francesco del Deserto, a small island in the Venice lagoon near Burano, is an oasis of calm, tranquility and spiritual uplift in the midst of a busy, bustling world. I have often read about it and longed to visit but my guide books said...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank John A
Reviewed May 17, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed August 5, 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.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank dven8
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank ronger5
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.

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank lampert
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...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Grover R
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...More

Date of experience: September 2013
10  Thank Christina C
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...More

Date of experience: October 2013
10  Thank lagoon08
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...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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