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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #51 of 214 attractions in Venice
Type: Islands
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... more » 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 . « less
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Torcello is a 5 minute ferry ride from Burano in the lagoon north of Venice and worth a stop if you are visiting Burano. If you want a peaceful island that feels like a world away from busy Venice, this fits the bill. Primary attraction is an old basilica which has some beautiful Byzantine art/architecture in situ. If you want... More

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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I am a little perplexed as to how people are recommending to go here. The only reason I decided to stop here was because a) I have been to the main island of Venice 3 times so I wanted to try something different b) I took a tour called "Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour" (tour cost me $28... More

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Whether you will like Torcello or not will probably depend on your mood. If you are looking for somewhere small and quiet then it might just be the perfect antidote to the typical Venice crush. It's a tiny island, although somehow they managed to fit a civilization of around 20,000 people here in ancient times. There is a fascinating cathedral,... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Venice is a fantastic place to visit, but if you have the time check our the outer island of Torcello. It is fascinating to see an island that once had 10,000 people that is now scarcely populated. It is still beautiful and gives a contrast to the congestion of Venice. You can almost imagine its former glory.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

If you have 4-5 days in Venice take the time for a break from the maddening crowds and visit some of the islands. Even the boat ride across the lagoon begins to relax you. Torcello is quiet and serene with very good restaurants and two beautiful Byzantine churches. I have seen a lot of mosaics all over the world, but... More

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Dundee, Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Having read lots of great reviews we were looking forward to visiting this island the most, how wrong we were, we much preferred Murano and Burano. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful place to visit and has one of only two bridges without a parapet in Venice, we cooled off in the church and sat in Attila the... More

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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We visited Torcello in Early July, caught the vaparetto direct from Fondamente Nuove to Torcello. We had our 5 day vaparetto pass that we had purchased at the ticket box at Rialto stop. There isn't a lot to see on Torcello, but it is really peaceful, we went about 9.30 am before it got too busy, in fact it was... More

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Even with the long vaporetto trip, stepping onto this island and visiting the churches was well worth the time. So much history is wrapped up in these churches which can be searched by the internet. One of the best trips to take around Venice and highly recommended. It was not crowded at all when we visited the island.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The island of Torcello is a small, tranquil island that boasts very few inhabitants (I was told 4 permanent ones from a population originally of around 10,000!!) and a couple of ancient churches. There are a couple of restaurants, one near the Devil's Bridge but the one immediately before the churches looks amazing with tables laid out under small gazebos... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Even if you only have a few days in Venice go to Torcello - it will give you a different feel for Venice. The boat trip alone is worth the visit - Torcello is a jewel in the Venetian crown.

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