Guided visit to the convent island of San Francesco del Deserto with boat round-trip from Burano

Duration: approx 1 hour and 30 minutes (boat transport included) 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 Visit San Francesco del Deserto and its monastery guided by one of the Franciscan friars who still live there today.
2 Arrive at the island, not reached by public transport, with the only return transport that connects it to nearby Burano.
3 Savor the peace and tranquility of this ancient island, chosen by Saint Francis of Assisi as a place of spiritual retreat.

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Important information


From 1 April to 31 October 2022

Departure point:

Burano, pier located 80 meters from stop 'A' of the ACTV service and 20 meters from the bridge that connects Burano to Mazzorbo

Departure time

From Tuesday to Sunday
2.30 pm

Languages available



Full: € 11.00

Children up to 10 years: € 6.00

approx 1 hour and 30 minutes (boat transport included)
  • Boat round-trip Burano - San Francesco del Deserto
  • Guided visit of the island with a Franciscan friar
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • Once your booking has been confirmed, download the voucher that will also be sent to you via email. You will need to show it at the boarding point, either printed or on your smartphone.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time.

  • The tour lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes including the boat round trip from and to Burano. The times communicated by the staff must be adhered to. Times:

○ Outward: Burano 14.30 - San Francesco del Deserto 14.48

○ Return: San Francesco del Deserto 15.50 - Burano 16.08

  • This tour is shared, so there might be other people with you.

  • The guided tour is kindly offered by the Franciscan friars of the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto. Those who wish can give a small contribution on site.

  • The guided tour is only in Italian language. Flyers in English, French and German will be available on site.

  • Please note that, due to the particular terrain of Venice’s islands and the logistic problems resulting from it, this tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility.

  • Locate in advance the meeting point on the map to avoid arriving late especially in the event of strikes, demonstrations or bad weather: we cannot guarantee you any refund (in full or in part) if you do not present yourself at the meeting point at the specified time or if you decide to leave the experience before the end. If you need assistance, feel free to contact us at the emergency contacts shown in the reservation voucher.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (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 service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

Have you ever heard of the island of San Francesco del Deserto? It is an oasis of peace, between the islands of Burano and Sant'Erasmo, which houses an ancient convent, still inhabited by Franciscan friars. Here for centuries nature and spirituality have coexisted, making it an unmissable destination for those who want to detour away from the usual tourist routes.

With our tour you will travel to the island of San Francesco del Deserto, not reached by public transport, with the only round-trip transport that connects it to nearby Burano; upon arrival, one of the Franciscan friars of the monastery will welcome you, ready to tell you everything about the history and traditions of this pleasant place.

San Francesco del Deserto

During the visit lasting around an hour, you will have the honor of admiring the two wonderful cloisters of the monastery, one from the 13th century and one from the Renaissance, and its lush garden dominated by tall cypress trees. The island owes its name to the fact that in 1220 Saint Francis of Assisi chose it as a place of spiritual retreat after his trip to the East. It was he who founded the monastery.

In the past, the island was called 'Isola delle Due Vigne' and was owned by the Venetian nobleman Jacopo Michiel. After Francis' death, Michiel donated it to the Franciscan Order and was then renamed 'Island of San Francesco'. However, in the 15th century it was "deserted" due to the unhealthy environment caused by malaria: hence the addition of the suffix 'del Deserto'.

How to get to Burano

Our guided visit to San Francesco del Deserto departs from Burano, which you can easily reach from Venice by ACTV public transport: line 12 (approx. 40 minutes) or line 14 (approx. 75 minutes).

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