San Servolo island Venice

San Servolo is one of the islands of Venice. It is located between the famous Lido and the countryside of the city. A visit to the island and the “museum of the local madhouse” is possible only on request.

San Servolo island Venice

History and description

San Servolo Island Venice
San Servolo Island

The island of San Servolo is known for a Benedictine Monastery that would later be turned into a hospital. Originally, from 1715, it was for wounded soldiers only. Later it became an asylum for the insane and, from 1725 until 1978, it also served the poor. In that year it was closed.

The monastery had been built by the Calbana family, who owned the island.

At present, it is home to one of the most important congress centers in Venice.

The main attraction is the Museo del Manicomio di San Servolo, a cloister and an 18th century church.

Opening times

The island can be visited from 09.30 to 17.00 (Fridays until 15.30). The visit is only possible on request (+39 041 2765001). The tour includes a visit to the Museo del Manicomio di San Servolo.

Public transportation to San Servolo island

Vaporetto line 20 from the San Zaccaria stop.

San Servolo island Venice

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