A boat tour to discover the most spiritual part of the Venetian Lagoon, San Francesco del Deserto island.
Legend would have it that the island situated between Sant’Erasmo and Burano was home to Saint Francis of Assisi for a short period of spiritual retreat in 1220.
Today, the island can only be reached using private vehicles and it can only be visited on specific days and at specific times, and it is home to a small community of Minorites friars who live in an ancient convent complex surrounded by a wonderful garden where visitors can enjoy strolling through the greenery in silence.
After visiting the island and sailing in the Lagoon amid the islands of Burano and Torcello, the tour takes you to the “Al Pescatore” restaurant in Treporti. “Here, visitors can take a break and enjoy a snack made with typical local produce accompanied by a glass of delicious wine!
Departure at 9 am from Piazza Cavallino, “Laguniamo” station.
Visit to the convent offered by the friars (guided tour in Italian only, with leaflet in various languages. Free donations).
Departure from the island at approx. 11 am and sailing along the lagoon, you will reach the “Al Pescatore” restaurant in Treporti at around 11:30.
Expect to return along the San Felice canal to Piazza Cavallino at 1 pm to return the boat and go back to Union Lido.
Departure at 3 pm from Piazza Cavallino, “Laguniamo” station.
At approximately 3:45 pm visit to the convent offered by the friars (guided tour in Italian only, with leaflet in various languages. Free donations).
Departure from the island at approx. 5 pm and sailing along the lagoon, you will reach the “Al Pescatore” restaurant in Treporti at around 5:30 pm.
Expect to return to Piazza Cavallino at 7 pm to return the boat and go back to Union Lido.
Tour available every Wednesday from 16/05/2018 until 19/09/2018
Minimum 1 maximum 5 people (adults or children)
€uro 140.00 per crew (max 5 people) + €uro 10.00 per person for the tasting session at the Restaurant
Reservations compulsory by the Monday before the Wednesday chosen for the tour.
To book your experience or get more information send an email to email@example.com or ask to the Info Point.
You must wear suitable clothing to visit San Francesco del Deserto island. A host of signs indicate to visitors that, since this is a sacred place for prayer, the island cannot be visited wearing a swimming suit or clothing that is not respectful of the holy nature of the location.