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“San Michele - Cemetery Island”
Review of San Michele

San Michele
Ranked #52 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Owner description: Venice's cemetary island since the 1800s.
Reviewed April 15, 2012

You can often get a deeper understanding of a country's culture by attending a church service or visiting a cemetery - and we did the latter. San Michele (Cimitero) is a very small island the lies between northern Venice and the Murano. The entire island consists ofs a cemetery with a church (built around 1470), which is presumably used for funeral services. It's easily reached by the Vaporetto (water bus) line 4.1 or 4.2. There were far fewer "conventional" graves than there were row after row of pure-white blocks of columbarium, which are colorfully decorated with flowers and a picture of the deceased. There are tree famous people buried there, one of which is violin master, Stravinsky. If you're truly more interested in a country's real culture instead of cheap tourist traps, definitely make a stop at San Michele's cemetery island!

18  Thank Vasterbotten
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We called in to San Michele on the way to Burano and found it a very moving experience. After the hustle and bustle of the mainland it was so peaceful and quiet. Seeing all the photographs on the graves and memorial blocks - particularly the babies and young children - brought it home that all these graves were for real people and not somehow 'remote' from real life. I believe that it is quite right that photography is not allowed (although that didn't seem to stop some tourists) - if it were my family buried there, I would deeply resent somebody snapping away, apparently with no appreciation or understanding that it's not just another tourist attraction. Definitely recommend a visit for an hour or so.

6  Thank Countrybumpkin94
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

San Michele island is easily reachable by vaporetto from the stop near San Marco square.
You can download the routes and the timetable for all the vaporettos from the respective website and plan your get off at San Marco cemetery on your tour to the islands. If you buy a day ticket for vaporettos than it will be no extra cost to you, just mind the timetable and connection to the other islands as not all of the vaporettos have stops at San Michele.
It's a very quiet and nice place to visit, actually, it is so nicely decorated by flowers and trees that you do not feel the stress and sorrow of being at the cemetery. It's very peaceful, monumental and you can feel eternity under the shadow of huge trees that grow there. At the entrance you can take a free map with indication of the graves of some great people of our times - Joseph Brodsky, Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky and many more. I went to the cemetery to pay the tribute to the tomb of Joseph Brodsky and would recommend visiting the island as it's very worth seeing.

2  Thank milen13
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

Most tourists visiting Murano, Burano, or Torcello watch their vaporetto stop at the island of San Michele in the Venetian Lagoon, and never know anything about it or disembark to visit the island.

San Michele began being used as a cemetery island when space in Venice became impossible. It is one of the most peaceful places in Venice and above all, costs nothing (but a vaporetto ticket) to visit.

Most of the graves (including some of famous non-Venetians like Ezra Pound and Igor Stravinsky) are above ground and beautifully laid out in sectors which are easy to follow.

One frustration is that with all this beauty, photography on the island is prohibited (I was surprised to see that a previous TripAdvisor posted photographs!), but I do recognize that this is a place visited by relatives and friends of the deceased and respect must be shown for these people.

6  Thank SabreSailor
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

This was a very peaceful little island that was relaxing to stroll around to escape the hustle and bustle of the main island of Venice. The cemetery is very pretty with lovely statues and trees spotted around the place. However, just be mindful that there are people there to visit the graves of loved ones so behave accordingly. I'd recommend buying a 12 hour boat ticket to go out on the lagoon, start here and proceed to Murano from there (Burano, torcello and lido are other island beyond there if you have the time).

(There are toilets near where the boat stops if that is a concern!)

5  Thank Squirrelgal
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