The monastery of San Michele was established in the thirteenth century, passing from an initial hermit form to a later conventual one. The first settlement on the island, by the Camaldolese, dates back to the 10th century and only three centuries later it was decided to create a place that would welcome the monks and involve them in an experience of common life; the stay of the religious on the island covers the first decade of the nineteenth century.

The increase in the number of monks in the convent gradually led to the expansion of the monumental complex, for the first time in 1436 at the behest of the abbot Paolo Venier who had the small cloister built with the first 22 arches which were then increased with a further 36. , in 1453, by Maffeo Gerardo. Within the first twenty years of the sixteenth century the dormitories (main wing) were built, from 1523 to 1526 it was the guesthouse's turn and then from 1569 to 1575 it was the vault of the ground floor, with the abbey apartment, the library and the 'archive.

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