The Venice Lagoon is hardly short on islands, but if you're eager to explore one of its most unique and lesser known destinations, then boat no further than San Lazzaro degli Armeni. At only seven acres (three hectares) in size, this square-shaped piece of land is home to an Armenian Catholic colony of monks and loads of curious cultural discovery.
It was here that the first Armenian monks settled back in the 1700s, when they began a multilingual printing press, translating various literary works and medieval transcripts into Armenian. Nowadays, San Lazzaro degli Armeni is often visited by travelers via boat tours along the Venice Lagoon. Visitors to the island can learn more about its language-rich history, as well as explore a collection of artifacts ranging from thrones and jewels to ancient manuscripts and Egyptian mummies. Before you leave, be sure to check the gift shop for the island-made rose petal jam.
The island is roughly a 20-minute boat ride from Venice. Before you set off on your adventure, consult the opening hours, which are very limited.