Art and Spirituality - Churches, Cathedrals and Monasteries

This artistic and spiritual itinerary covers the most important islands on the Venice lagoon and is an in-depth exploration of the religious aspect of the settlements of S. Francesco del Deserto, Torcello and S. Lazzaro degli Armeni.


The motorship departs from our wharf at Punta Sabbioni, then sails towards the Island of S. Francesco del Deserto, where St. Francis of Assisi arrived in 1220 and which was then donated to the Franciscan fathers in 1233 by the Venetian noble Jacopo Michiel, with a guided tour of the monastery.

We then travel to the island of Torcello. The excursion includes a visit to the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta (group entry €2.00), the oldest example of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture on the Lagoon.

The last stop on the journey will be S. Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island owned by Venice’s Armenian community, which during its history was first used as a hospital and then as a hospice for lepers. It is the home of a monastery founded at the end of the 7th century, which is one of the world’s most important centres for Armenian culture (visits by appointment only, €6.00 per person for groups of up to 45 people, €4.50 per person for groups of over 45).

Return to Punta Sabbioni. A panoramic tour of St. Mark’s basin and/or a visit to Venice can also be added.

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Transfer to Venice

destination san marco:

a journey through:

  • Punta Sabbioni
  • Tronchetto
  • Aeroporto "Marco Polo"
  • Chioggia (Laguna Sud)
  • Fusina

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excursions to the islands

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