San Lazzaro degli Armeni

San Lazzaro degli Armeni

Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni
30170 Venezia VE

San Lazzaro degli Armeni is a small island in the Venitian Lagoon, northern Italy. It lies to the southest of Venice and immediately west of the Lido.

A leper colony during the Middle Ages, since 1717 the island has been home to the Armenian Catholic Monastery of San Lazzaro. It is the headquarters of the Mechitarist Order and, as such, one of the world's prominent centers of Armenian culture and Armenian studies.
From 1789 until the early 20th century it was a major center of Armenian printing. The island is one of the best known historc sites of American diaspora. The monastery has a large collection of books, journals, artifacts and the third largest collection of Armenian manuscripts.

1st tour from 9.45am to 11.45am (route Actv 20 at 9.20am)

2nd tour from 1.45pm to 3.45pm  (route Actv 20 at 1.20pm)

3rd tour froma 3.45pm to 5.15pm  (route Actv 20 at 3.20pm)


Paid admission
Info and hours: 

How to reach the island:

Guided tours take place daily and require reservation: visite@mechitar.org ore calling (+39)0415260104/041731490.
Public transport (ACTV), rounte 20, connects Isola di San Lazzaro to Venice (S. Zaccaria).

Cost: minimum offer €8.00

NB: According to the regional directions, access to the manastery is allowed only with masks and disposable gloves or hand sanitizer gel.

Temperature screening could be conducted at the entrance.


Mekhitarist Monastery
Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni
30126 Venice
T.: +39 041 526 0104