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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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Lagoon Islands tour (including Torcello) with Context

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful two week trip to Italy. We confess to a bias towards Context Travel and during our visits to Rome, Florence and Venice; we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Somerset, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Take the waterbus or hire a boat and visit Torcello, it is beautiful and spiritual in the simplest way. Climb the belltower and imagine people setting up home in the lagoon all those years ago. Highly recommended but try to find a warm sunny day when the flowers are blooming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Take a break from the hustle of Venice and go to the island of Toricelli. The ride is lovely and there is a place to buy refreshments on the island. But, the church is the reason to go. It is so old. Byzantine and beautiful mosaics. A must see!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Beautiful church with fine mosaics and Byzantine decoration on an island which feels like the country! Take the vaporetto from Fondamente Nuovo - No. 12 or from Burano.

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Nebraska City, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful two week trip to Italy. We confess to a bias towards Context Travel and during our visits to Rome, Florence and Venice; we completed approximately 15 Context tours, a combination of both group and private tours. We had a 5 hour private tour with Louisa W. and a private boat to... More 

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Once you have explored the sights of Venice and queued at most of them, this gives you a trip on a vaporetto to an unspoilt quiet haven of history and nature with views to match. The ferry to Burano stops at Torcello, the historic island once with 20,000 inhabitants but now with 60. A 15 minute walk from the ferry... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Prepare for a good walk to get to the main part of the village. It is about 15 minute walk from where the boat drops you off. It is also a good 45 minute boat ride to get to the island. It is worth the travel to see the oldest village in Venice. It is everything you would say is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Torcello Island was the last stop for our guided tour. There was only one pathway after we alighted from the ferry. The path was along a small river, some benches under the trees for resting. There was a man who is playing some instrument which makes us feel lively and enjoyable. Along the pathway, there are some cafes, stalls selling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you love fish, Villa 600 is the place to come. A stunningly spendid Easter lunch with divine fish in every course, but the dolce of course. The environment is beautiful and peaceful and seems far from the hustle and bustle of Venice. The one-hour boat ride easy and the walk up to the church after lunch to see the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

If you have some time during your visit to Venice, then a trip to the islands is worth a day. We always like to find things that are off the beaten path and a bit less crowded and Torcello did the trick. The boat to the islands was crowded, but most seemed to depart at Burano. We took the extra... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Not a lot on Torcello apart from there church and bell tower. Apparently only nine people actually live on the island. There are a couple of good restaurants, but they have a captive audience, so are not cheap.

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