The Island of St. Francis in the Desert

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This island is reachable only by private boats, and is found in the Venice lagoon, between the islands of Sant’Erasmo and Burano. It covers about 10 acres of emerged land which houses a convent of minor friars, originally founded by St. Francis himself.

From the sea, it is possible to take a glimpse of the deep dark strip of rows of ancient cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens) and maritime pines (Pinus pinea) planted along the island perimeter. The complex consists mainly of the church, dedicated to Saint Francis and flanked by the bell tower and the convent.
There are also two cloisters – one dates back to the XV century. All the buildings are surrounded by the garden-park, where it is possible to walk in the shade of cypresses, pines and other conifers.
The vegetable garden and the vineyards are cultivated by the friars who still live in the convent – unfortunately, these two facilities are not open to the public.

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