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Address: Venice, Italy
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This small island is a bit off the usual Venetian path, but it’s worth...
This small island is a bit off the usual Venetian path, but it’s worth seeing. Its Santa Maria Assunta church houses impressive mosaics, its bell tower offers great surrounding views—and it’s home to Locanda Cipriani, a well-regarded restaurant and hotel that played host to writing legend Ernest Hemingway .
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Once inhabited by 20,000 people, Torchello is now a quite backwater and worth a visit to see the beautiful but simplistic basilica. The short ferry journey from Burano is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a place to visit if you want peace and tranquillity. The Csttedrale di Santa Maria dell'Assunta is wonderful and well worth an hour or two with the audio guide makes it all the more worthwhile. The Campanile is an easy climb - mostly slopes rather than steps! = and the views, even on a hazy day, are remarkable.... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I first came here as a 13-year-old on a hot, sultry Summer's day. The family was on a cheap 2-centre Cosmos package tour from England (Austrian Tyrol and Lido di Jesolo) and it was my first time abroad. I remember taking the day excursions to Venice itself and to the 'Islands of the Lagoon' (Murano, Burano and Torcello) and remember... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Small Island, not much to see. Only worth a trip if you have time to spare, but you will defenitelly find better spots to spend your time. Mostly Ignored the San Michele Cemetery is worth a lot more the visit then Torcello.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Take a number 12 to Burano, then the number 9 to Torcello. The trip to Burano and Torcello together takes about 45 minutes or so. Leave early and arrive early with as few people as possible. If you buy a 12 hour / 24 hour vaporetto ticket it is all included and is a wonderful place to explore and relax.... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Once inhabited by 20,000 people, Torchello is now a quite backwater and worth a visit to see the beautiful but simplistic basilica. The short ferry journey from Burano is included in the price of your vaporetto pass and if you seek some peace from busy Venice and Burano you may enjoy the tranquility of this small island. I believe a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We found a day trip to Torcello by chance. One morning, while we were walking around the Doge’s Palace, near the Bridge of Sighs, we noticed a little kiosk with adverts for trips to Murano, Torcello and Burano. The offer was intriguing - a ticket of 20 Euro takes to these three islands for a half a day. It’s definitely... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Amongst the hustle and bustle of Venice, if you have time it's nice to visit the outlying islands. Torcello was once the big centre, in medieval times, but disease (I think the Black death?) ended up with the town relocating to Venice. I believe there were once 20,000 people on Torcello but now only a handful, a couple of nice... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Only if you are in Venice with a few extra days, and you want to get away from the craziness along the Grand Canal, take a half day to visit Torcello, older than Venice itself. The spectacularly restored gold and black mosaic in the basilica is a copy of the now lost original from the glory days of Constantinople. It... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Torcello was part of a boat trip and by the time you walk round to the basilica, grab a coffee and then get back onto the boat, you've seen and done it all. Not one of the most exciting places to spend 30 mins.

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The original birthplace of the Venetian empire which later abandoned for the current site of Venice due to malaria. There is not much to see on this island but the church and view from the campanile is lovely and the general atmosphere is one of peace and tranquillity. The trip across the lagoon to the island is also enjoyable. Would... More 

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