Library of San Francesco della Vigna



In the middle of the 13th century, the Franciscan order founded a monastery in the area of Castello where, according to legend, it had been predicted that St. Mark the Evangelist would come to rest. Important patrician families such as the Gritti and the Grimani then financed the church whose elegant Palladian façade stands next to the ancient cloisters. The library of the monastery is particularly rich and on this special private tour we will have the chance to discover many of its precious and rare manuscripts. Brother Rino Sgarbossa has taken care of the library for years and will help us appreciate the value of the ancient publishing tradition in Venice.


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