Island: San Michele

San Michele venice

Located to the north, a five-minute vaporetto ride from the Fondamente Nuove, the island of San Michele is where Venetians are laid to rest. But if you think wandering around a cemetery is morbid, think again. From the distance, the gleaming white church of San Michele in Isola is the first thing you’ll see across the water. This 15th-century jewel was designed by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi and is considered one of his masterpieces. The main cemetery is reached through the shaded cloisters, and Franciscan monks will gladly give you a small map of the vast grounds. Wander the leafy allées as you will, or search out the tombs of such notables as Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev.

Written by Elizabeth Harvey

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