In this chapter we will deal with the San Michele Island, a characteristic place to contemplate the passage of time and where silence dominates.
The San Michele Island is a sacred and particularly characteristic place, in fact it is the cemetery of Venice, visiting it can be exciting and at the same time a small cultural pilgrimage. Located not far from the historic center of Venezia, in fact, you can admire it from the Fondamente Nove, it is located along the road that, with the vaporetto, takes you to the island of Murano. Once this place was used by Venetian boatmen, who crossed the lagoon and found in this island a valid refuge, called at that time Cavana de Muran.
The first testimonies report the presence on these lands of the Camaldolese monks who, over the years acquired more and more importance in the cultural panorama of the time, attracting artists and intellectuals from all over the world, because within these walls they found the right inspiration to realize their works. Among the most famous stands out the work of Fra ’Mauro, who worked here on his cartographic studies and on the famous world map.
In the city it was customary to bury the bodies of Venetians around parish churches, in some fields or even inside the churches themselves. In 1806, following a decree by Napoleon, for reasons of hygiene and space, the corpses were destined for the islands of San Cristoforo and San Michele, which soon turned into real cemeteries.
When the cemetery began to expand in 1829, the friars who took care of the site filled the canal that connected the two islands, thus definitively joining them. The cemetery currently occupies most of the island of San Michele, is closed by high red brick walls and is all adorned with green cypresses.
Near the ferry landing point we find the church of San Michele designed by Mauro Codussi around 1469. This was the first church in Venice to be covered in Istrian stone and it was one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the city. World-renowned writers and artists rest on the island.
The wonderful islands of the Venetian lagoon, with their most characteristic and intimate aspect.
◊ THE VENEZIA PROVINCE ◊
Holds an artistic and cultural heritage like few other areas in the world, its lagoon has been the cradle of local civilization and its coastline offers renowned seaside resorts. This province, rich in resources, hides elegant villas and pretty villages, even if the most precious and brilliant stone is represented by the island of Venice, an island which has a beautiful fish shape which protect the most beautiful, romantic and mysterious city in the world. It’s built on a series of marshy islets. Unfortunately it is subject to the tides of the Adriatic Sea and frequent floods but continues to survive in spite of all the predictions. Plan your holidays in the Venezia province, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you to take the right path for your trip.
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The Veneto Region, nestled in the north-east of Italy, is a mix of history and traditions and, all of it, is enriched by the liveliness of its inhabitants and by a wide range of typical products all to be savored. From the highest peaks of the Dolomites, he embraces and welcomes each visitor with brotherly warmth, accommodating him among the many lounges of his cities of art, giving him unforgettable emotions. Turning between the pages of this site, you can organize your next holidays in the Veneto region and thanks to the many photos published, everything will be very simple.
In this chapter we discuss Sport, that is, from the easiest sports activities for families to the most complex and demanding ones.
In this chapter we discuss the incredible world of Venetian cuisine, from the typical local products to the recipes typical of our mothers.
In this chapter we discuss the Nature that surrounds us, a territory rich in biodiversity and particularly fragile, therefore absolutely to be respected.
In this chapter we discuss the history which, over time, has transformed, shaped and marked the territory of the Veneto region.