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San Giorgio Island

San Giorgio Island

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The island completes any image that can be formed of Venice, acting as a foreground or background, as it has been portrayed in many paintings.

The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is not really a tourist place. There are no bars or restaurants, but the visit is mandatory for those who want to have a unique view of Venice, love Palladio or let themselves be tempted by the serenity of monastic life.


In ancient times it was called the island of cypresses due to the abundance of these trees; there were vineyards and vegetable gardens, a mill owned by the doge and a salt pan.

The name derives from the dedication of a small church built as early as 790, while the term Maggiore distinguished the island from another, San Giorgio in Alga.

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