San Francesco del Deserto

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San Francesco del Deserto
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San Francesco del Deserto
San Francesco del Deserto is located in Venetian Lagoon
San Francesco del Deserto
San Francesco del Deserto
Coordinates45°28′23″N 12°25′01″E / 45.4731°N 12.4169°E / 45.4731; 12.4169Coordinates: 45°28′23″N 12°25′01″E / 45.4731°N 12.4169°E / 45.4731; 12.4169
Adjacent bodies of waterVenetian Lagoon
ProvinceProvince of Venice

San Francesco del Deserto[1] is an island in the Venetian Lagoon in Véneto, Italy, with a surface of some 4 ha. It is located between Sant'Erasmo and Burano. It houses a minorites convent.


The island was frequented since Roman times. In 1220, St. Francis landed here at his return from the Holy Land during the Fifth Crusade, and founded a hermitage here. After his death, the island was given to the Minorites by the Venetian patrician Jacopo Michiel, a relative of the patriarch of Grado, Angelo Barozzi, to found a convent.

During the Austrian rule of Venice the island, abandoned due to its unhealthy characteristics, was used as a powder depot. In 1858 it was donated to the diocese of Venice, who allowed the friars to refound a convent here.