Various religious orders lived on the isle until 1806 when, further to the dissolution
ordered by Napoleon I, it became a military depot. The monks had to find shelter in Venice
in San Bonaventura's monastery. The Austrians turned the isle into a war placing, with
cannons and a powder-magazine.
From our posting, facing south-west, we can see Sant'Erasmo and these slightly protruding
grassy islets, a common view throughout the lagoon, especially on the northern side.
They are called "barene".
We would especially want to thank Father Sergio for his availability and hospitality...and
for his excellent coffee.
The isle of San Francesco del Deserto (also called Isle of the Desert) has a surface
of 2 hectares and lies on the Northern Lagoon, between Burano (ve-10) and the Isle of Sant'Erasmo (ve-15).
It is owned by the monastic order of the Franciscan Fathers, who have been taking great
care of it, making it a peaceful, serene oasis.
In 1858, after 52 years, the Franciscan fathers returned onto the isle. As you can see
in the picture on your left, the ground is rich with vegetation, mainly cypresses.
Among them stands out the monastery, a peaceful retreat not only for the monks but also
for those worshippers wanting to find a secluded place where to pray.