Convento di San Francesco del Deserto

Monastery in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Franciscan friars offer free tours of their secluded island home, which still retains some of its 13th-century elements, including the first cloister. Visitors are kindly requested to speak in hushed tones, as this remains a space of prayer and contemplation. There's no public transport to the island, so you'll need to catch a water taxi, or book a 2.30pm shuttle with Laguna Fla. It pays to phone ahead to ensure there's a friar available.