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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #50 of 197 Attractions in Venice
Type: Islands, Outdoors
Fee: No
Owner description: This small island is a bit off the usual Venetian path, but it’s...
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Adelaide, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

In stark contrast to cultured Venice and candy bright Burano, Torcello (10 minutes from Burano by ferry) is a complete change of pace. Relaxed, old and virtually uninhabited except for a handful of locals who run a trattoria and play accordion, and a few flocks of sheep. This peaceful, sleepy isle has a Byzantine heart, an ancient church in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Full of history and ancient monuments, this is a quiet retreat from hustle and bustle of Venice, Murano and even Burano. This island is a short hop from Burano (no direct vaporetto from Venice to Torcello!) and is quite beautiful with its Campanile (going up the bell tower for EUR5.00 to get a fine view of the island and the... More 

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barnard castle, uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Torcello is the most northerly island of the lagoon, a short hop from Burano and from a distance looks forlorn and overgrown, is well worth the deviation. It has a long history, older than main Venice island and really helps explain the development of Venice. It was settled first from the swamps, frequented by Hemingway and today very tranquil with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We visited Torcello as part of a tour from Venice to see Murano and Burano. We weren't sure what to expect but it was a delightful surprise. The island is inhabited by only a handful of people, but it was charming. After getting off the boat we walked along a path which followed a canal to the beautiful cathedral. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I wasn't really sure what was on this Island since Murano and Burano are better known and have their own 'thing' but the church on Torcello is well worth a visit. The detail inside is stunning!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Torcello was the first lagoon island to be inhabited but today one can count the number of people that reside there on three hands. The long walkway along the canal leads to the two churches on this tiny little island. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the oldest Venetian monument founded in 639! The basilica is an example of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We visited Murano, Burano & Torcello on one day-trip on a beautiful day in early May 2014. Murano was all glass and trying to get us to buy - Burano was the same with lace. We disembarked at Torcello and set off towards the basilica in which we had marginal interest - but walking alongside the canal was an accordion... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Torcello was once an important island with a much larger population however nowadays only about a dozen people live there permanently. People come to visit the little island in small boats. As you walk alongside a canal you see the sideless Devil Bridge before you get to two churches one of which dates from the 11th century with magnificent and... More 

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We spent a day visiting Murano, Burano and Torcello and it was lovely away from the built up area of Venice itself. There isn't much on the island of Torcello but we walked along the canal to the church and cathedral past a handful of restaurants. The island was quiet and peaceful. The cathedral was definitely worth seeing.

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is truly an intriguing tiny island. One path. One basilica which is way to large for the dimensions of the island (reminder of the past population that used to live on Torcello). One mysterious Devil's bridge. Very little else to see but still worth the trip!

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