The Island of San Servolo is composed of a large architectural complex and a lovely park.
Its first settlement dates back to the 17th century when a group of Benedictine monks took refuge on the narrow and marshy island.
The Province of Venezia, now known as the Metropolitan City of Venice, retained ownership of the island. In the 1990s, it began an architectural recovery program to protect and promote it through its in-house company, San Servolo – Servizi Metropolitani di Venezia.
The San Servolo is an island of extraordinary beauty and unique in its kind. We have chosen this location as:
- San Servolo is an island in the lagoon of Venice and thus a place at great risk due to the climate crisis (as well as many other islands in the world).
- San Servolo is a symbol for “Inclusion”. For many years, it housed psychiatric patients until the hospital’s closing (The Basaglia Reform, 1978). Today is houses the University, student housing, a conference center and “The Insane Asylum Museum” founded by the Basaglia Foundation. The island has been transformed from a place of confinement to a place of inclusion.
- Franco Basaglia psychiatrist, neurologist and great innovator in the field of mental health, in 1972 founded CLU, the first social cooperative in Europe, established in the psychiatric hospital of Trieste.