Particolare del chiostro grande del convento di San Michele in Isola — (Archivio Venipedia/Bazzmann)

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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

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