Guided visit of Burano and the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto

Duration: approx. 3 hours 

Location: Venice

Per person

Why choose this experience?

1 To discover the picturesque charm of Burano with a local guide who will reveal to you artistic treasures and interesting facts
2 To treat yourself to a trip on a typical Venetian boat and admire the Venice lagoon from a new and fascinating perspective
3 To enjoy a guided tour of the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto: a treasure trove of art, history and traditions

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Important info


from 1 March to 31 October, except from 10 to 27 January 2020.

Departure point:

in front of the bronze statue in front of the ACTV Burano stop.

Departure time

From Tuesday to Sunday
1.00 pm

Languages available

Bilingual tour English/Italian
Explanations during the tour will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed (the same information will be presented in Italian and then in English, or vice versa, if participants are both Italian and foreigners).


Full: €51.00

Children 6 to 12 years: €18.00
Children up to 5 years: €9.00

approx. 3 hours
  • Guided tour of Burano
  • Boat transfer to San Francesco del Deserto and return to Burano
  • Guided tour of the monastery by a Franciscan Friar
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

In case of exceptional high water the tour will not take place.

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

The tour will take place with a minimum of 4 people.

Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.

Guided visit with a local guide only in Burano. In San Francesco del Deserto the explanations will be provided by a Franciscan Friar.

In the case of fog, bad weather or other unfavourable conditions the navigation to San Francesco del Deserto island is not guaranteed and a partial refund of the price will be granted. 

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled. The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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This charming tour will give you the chance to enjoy a half-day excursion to Burano and San Francesco del Deserto and make you appreciate Venice under a new and incomparable perspective!

Our fascinating itinerary to San Francesco and Burano Italy with guided tour to both islands will start from the pier in Burano. Here you will meet with the expert local guide who will take you on an exciting guided tour of the island, around crafts shops and artistic beauties that boast a thousand-year-long history. After visiting Burano you will board a typical Venetian boat to reach San Francesco del Deserto, where a friar will take you round the monastery, a precious treasure trove of history, art and tradition.

This unique guided visit in Burano Venice and boat to San Francesco monastery will reveal to you a lesser known and accessible side of Venice, allowing you to discover places untouched by the cacophony of modern life.

The tour, which starts in Burano and therefore does not include transportation to/from the island, includes a guided visit that will immerse you in the heart of local life ... You will be captured by the vibrant soul of this colourful happy island, proudly safeguarded over the centuries thanks to the careful preservation of practices and traditions. No visitor will feel untouched by the positivity exuding from the vivid colours of the fishermen's houses or the charm of the old ladies who to this day continue to embroider the renowned bobbin lace: here, away from mass tourism, there lies the true folk’s spirit of Venice and you will receive a spontaneous and heartfelt welcoming.

Discover Burano in the hands of a local expert guide who will tell you fascinating anecdotes about the history and untouched traditions of the island thanks to their deep knowledge of the area and the love for this island. You will have the opportunity to admire the most characteristic places of Burano, such as the famous 'Campanil storto' (Leaning Bell Tower), and beautiful views over the entire lagoon. The most famous monuments of the island, such as the church of San Martino Vescovo (which houses a painting by Giambattista Tiepolo), or the Lace Museum and the Town Hall, will also receive the rightful attention.

After the guided tour of Burano, you will reach on a boat in typical Venetian style the monastery of San Francesco. Navigating the waters of the lagoon you will see this small strip of land surrounded by lush vegetation with only the centuries-old bell tower emerging through it. The visit of San Francesco del Deserto from Burano will instil in you a unique perspective of the island, which will be revealed to you little by little, like a floating garden imbued with history and spirituality.

The Friars of the Franciscan monastery established their headquarters on the island in 1230, after Francis of Assisi arrived here in 1220 on his return from the Holy Land. The welcoming spirit of the monastery, which for centuries has kept its doors opened to pilgrims, will delight you and you will have the honour of participating to the guided visit accompanied by one of the island’s Franciscan Friars.

Upon arriving, a staff member will accompany you to the front of the fifteenth-century church and the adjacent monastery, where you will be greeted by a friar who will share with you his vast knowledge of the island, handed down between generations of monks who have inhabited the island for centuries.

During the guided tour of San Francesco del Deserto you will become engrossed in the narration of the events related to the history of the monastery, to this day still strictly concealed behind its massive walls ... As evidenced by the wall inscriptions that describe the miracle of the silence of the birds of St. Francis and the donation of the island by the Venetian patrician Jacopo Michiel to the Franciscans.

The embrace of nature, strongly felt only where peace and beauty are unconstrained, will welcome you among the cypress trees, the pine trees and the flowers of the garden, the orchards and cloisters of the monastery. The beauty of this place, exalted by a calm and relaxed atmosphere, will offer you a completely new perspective of the Venetian lagoon.

After visiting the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto you will have time at your leisure before boarding for the sailing to Burano, where you can choose to either return to Venice or enjoy a few hours of shopping in complete autonomy.

Do not wait any longer, visit Burano and San Francesco del Deserto and their major historical and artistic treasures with a guided tour! A splendid Burano and San Francesco Venice walking tour with a local guide who is ready to infuse you with the charm of the most pristine places of the lagoon! Away from the crowds of the streets and the clamour of cities you will spend a magical afternoon immersed in history, tradition and nature.

The guided visit with a local guide will be held only in Burano. At the end of the visit of Burano, the guide will accompany you to the boat to reach the island of San Francesco del Deserto. Here, the explanations will be provided by a Franciscan Friar. After the visit of the monastery, you will enjoy some free time to discover the island on your own before coming back to Burano.

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May 2017

Mature couple


Reviewed on 13 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1721786 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Great tour'

Guided visit of Burano and the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto

Sylvia did a wonderful job of walking us around the island and pointing out all of the unique history of Burano. She was very kind and informative throughout the entire tour.


Knowledge of the island's history.


Cannot think of any weaknesses.

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