San Francesco Venice: discover it from Burano

San Francesco del Deserto  is yours to discover with this new transport service! This really spacial Venice island hosts a franciscan monastery. You can reach the island on board a traditional Bragozzo boat and visit the splendid gardens and charming monastery. Daily departures at 2.30 p.m. from Burano!



Island of San Francesco Venice: the history

This island off venice – San Franceso – is a 4-hectare island-monastery, located between Sant’Erasmo and Burano and houses an exclusive monastery. This island was already known in the Roman era as the island of the two vineyards.

During the Austrian rule of Venice the island, San Francesco was abandoned and used as a powder depot.. 1220, returning from the East, the island was visited by St. Francis of Assisi, who wanted to create a place for reflection and meditation, a function to which the convent of St. Francis is still dedicated today. In 1858 it was donated to the diocese of Venice, who allowed the friars to found a convent here
In 1233 the then owner, the Venetian Jacopo Michiel, also gave the island formally to the Franciscan friars. Today the island of San Francesco continues to host a minor order of the Franciscan friars.

A special spritual visit

Unique among all the islands of Venice, San Francesco del Deserto is a place of meditation. It is not equipped with services for visitors (you will not find bars or restaurants) and any accommodation is reserved for those who go there for spiritual reasons. However, the friars will take you on a guided tour of the island in Italian, every day except Monday, at 15.00. It is therefore possible to visit the island, the convent and its gardens, surrounded by large cypress trees and green areas, and listen to the story of the friars. The church has two beautiful cloisters, one from the thirteenth century and the other from the Renaissance.

The visit of the island lasts an hour and is ideal for those who want to get away from the masses that often crowd Venice and its islands for a pleasant afternoon. There is also a fantastic view out over the venetian lagoon from here! This article, The Eden of the Lagoon, really makes the idea of ​​beauty and peace that you can feel in this place …
There is no fee for the visit, but it is possible to make a contribution to support the order of the friars.

How to get to the island of San Francesco del Deserto

To reach San Francesco del Deserto there is a daily excursion from April 1st to October 31st departing from Burano at 2.30pm. Those coming from Venice can use the line 12 from Fondamenta Nuove to reach Burano. From here check the ACTV navigation times.
The visit lasts about an hour and the return from S. Francesco is at 15.50.
It is possible to book the places for the excursion online here. Public trasnposrtation is not available. We recommend that you do this because the places are limited and quickly get booked up, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
For large groups it is necessary to provide a transport by private means, or a private boat for groups, which can stop at the island of San Francesco. It is possible to request this service through our contact form!

San Francesco del deserto island – Daily departures from Burano











If you’d like to ​​visit San Francesco del Deserto book your place now!

Daily transport from Burano to San Francesco del Deserto runs from April 1st to late October. During the rest of the year, it is possible to request a private service for groups of min. 6 people. For more information contact us!
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    10 euro for adults
    50% discountfor children up to 10 y.o.
    Reservation fee: 1 euro per ticket


    1 h 30 min.


    April to October: everyday except for Monday. November to March: only on weekends. Group excursions can be arranged on extra-dates.

    Spoken Languages

    • Italian

    Included / Excluded

    Included :

    Return ticket Burano – San Francesco del Deserto

    Excluded :

    Whatever not specifically included

    Sales Conditions

    In case of cancellation up to 24 hours before the start, a refund will be applied with a penality of 10% on the tariff.
    There is no refund in case of NO-SHOW or cancellation in the 24 hours before the experience starts.
    The tour takes place in rainy days, unless for exceptional conditons that do not allow navigation in the lagoon.

    Other practical information

    The guided visit is only in Italian.
    The tour takes place every day.
    Suitable for individuals, families, groups.
    The tour takes place in rainy days, unless for exceptional conditons that do not allow navigation in the lagoon.

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