San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an oasis of spirituality
Take a private boat or Vaporetto number 20 from San Marco to reach the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. Every day at 3.30pm, a guided tour takes visitors on a tour of discovery of this old-world island, an authentic oasis of peace and spirituality. The island is home to a monastery of Armenian monks of the Mekhitaristi order who arrived here in 1717. Prior to their arrival, a Benedictine community inhabited the monastery. The monastery boasts an impressive collection of rare manuscripts and works of art donated by worshippers. Even Napoleon, no friend to monasteries, was impressed, and in 1797 designated San Lazzaro an Academic
Institution, saving it from destruction.
A truly unique trip back in time.