The Quarantine Stations: the islands of the plague and isle of the Armenian Monastery
A 2 to 3 hour tour, accordingly to the number of islands you wish to visit to immerse yourself in the first city health control stations dating back to the 1400s. Close to one of the two islands you can visit one of the most prestigious Armenian religious and cultural hubs.
This tour is a great opportunity to skip the always crowded Venice and truly get acquainted with its lagoon and the extraordinary natural beauty it contains. It can be done using either public or private transportation.
This tour outlines the unique environment of the Venetian laguna, explaining its natural features and how, historically, Venice was a leading European city of health control, with particular reference to the prevention of the plague epidemic.
All this can be summed up in the islands of the Lazzaretto Vecchio and Lazzareto Nuovo. Lazzareto Vecchio was the world’s first quarantine station when built in 1423. The two Lazzaretto islands became Venice’s main quarantine stations for more than four centuries and are now beautiful green islands with archeological sites. One is located between the islands of the Lido and Venice.
The second one, Lazzareto Nuovo, is more distant. Created in 1468, the island is located northeast of Venice at one of the lagoon mouths merging into the Adriatic sea. This is not far from Murano and very close to the agricultural island of Sant’Erasmo in a beautiful, natural setting. On location we’ll share with you the outdoor area with ruins of old lodges. Some structures are still in the process of being uncovered, but there is an observation deck where a panoramic view of the lagoon can be enjoyed.
The visit continues indoors to see the largest warehouse in Venice. This was a shelter for all the goods in the past and now a small but interesting museum. Antiquities and curiosities include ancient graffities describing the voyages, the ships and documents listing the goods that were kept in quarantine with the crew. Ironsmith instruments can be seen plus a sample of the many findings recovered in several digging campaigns which can be seen in one of the gunpowder turrets.
An option is to take a nice walk all along Lazzaretto Vecchio and / or Lazzaretto Nuovo, plan to immerse yourselves in the lagoon’s own beautiful nature. As the visit goes on, your guide will illustrate what is being seen by providing a detailed, historical explanation of the natural environment of the lagoon and the present situation. They will describe the Venetian Republic’s health policy to avoid the spread of infectious diseases and the major facts of its maritime rule in the Mediterranean.
These are seasonal tours: from mid April to October (afternoons only)
Just next to Lido island you can visit the 18th century Armenian Monastery on San Lazzaro degli Armeni island that was built on the site of an old leprosy hospice (do not be alarmed ) formerly a Benedictine monastery. A true gem in the cultural history of these amazing people and civilization.
The island can be visited by anyone in the afternoons. You could enjoy the cloister and its colorful church, and the famous library that holds about 170.000 books of which 4.500 are manuscripts and the rich museum and precious Arabic, Indian and Egyptian artefacts, including Nehmeket mummy. It is an ideal stop in case you would visit the neighboring island of Lazzareto Vecchio. This site can be visited in the winter as well.
Highlights: Lazzareto Vecchio and Nuovo islands, Armenian monastery
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WHICH VENICE WILL YOU DISCOVER?
These tours are intended for first time visitors who wish to become acquainted with Venice’s main sights and landmarks, gaining an overall picture of its history and modern-day life.
Art, in all forms has been a unique ingredient of Venice’s success. Discover the magnificence of the grand Venetian architects and painters. For the ones that live in the now the contemporary art, contemporary architecture and the truly authentic glass studios where masters are at work.
These tours are intended for visitors who wish to experience areas and sites rarely seen by tourists, in both urban locations and beyond. Take this opportunity to discover truly authentic art studios, furnaces and lagoon islands with us.