Gondolas point the way to San Giorgio Maggiore - one of the most famous islands in Venice.
San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the islands of Venice.
The island was probably occupied in the Roman period; after the foundation of Venice it was called Insula Memmia after the Memmo family who owned it. The Monastery of San Giorgio was established in 982, when the Benedictine monk, Giovanni Morosin asked the doge Tribuno Memmo to donated the whole island for a Monastery. Morosini drained the island's marshes next to the church to get the ground for building, and founded the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, and became its first abbot.
The island is now the headquarters of the Cini Foundation arts centre, known for its library and is also home to the Teatro Verde open-air theatre.