Veduta sull'isola di San Michele dalla laguna — (Archivio Venipedia/Bazzmann)

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The origins of the island of San Michele, now commonly called the island of the Cemetery, can be traced back to the presence of the Camaldolese monks on the spot even though there are two versions currently accredited regarding their arrival on the spot.

An ancient legend tells that in 978, on the occasion of a pilgrimage to Venice, the Benedictine monk Romualdo di Sant'Apollinare, founder of the Camaldolese congregation, together with his own spiritual master Marino landed "sopra un paludo apreso Muran" (on a swamp near Murano) otherwise known as Cavana di Archangel Mic

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