San Francesco del Deserto, in the Venetian lagoon, is home to a Franciscan monastery since 1228, with only some short interruptions.
It is not easy to visit the many abandoned islands in the Venetian Lagoon, but it is possible. I’ve been to almost all of them.
The Venetian Lagoon is much more than just a watery area around the city of Venice. It is an integral part of Venice, its history and its origin.
This is an interactive map of most of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. Many islands are abandoned, or privately owned and inaccessible
A chronology of the Lazzaretto Nuovo, the first permanent quarantine station for the bubonic plague in the world, founded in 1468 by the Republic of Venice.
Lazzaretto Vecchio was the first stable hospital and quarantine station for the bubonic plague in the world, founded in 1423 by the Republic of Venice.
The Certosa island has a rich history of over a millennium, even if it is far from obvious for the visitors nowadays.
The island of Poveglia is now famous for ghost stories made up by American television. However, there’s a lot more to say about the island than fictitious stories of ghosts and crazy doctors.