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San Francesco del Deserto

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Address: Isola di San Francesco, Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 0415286863
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Enchanting history and architecture

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016
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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 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.

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Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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 

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san francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

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!

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Pensacola, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 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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