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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #52 of 218 Attractions in Venice
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I didnt like this tour very much. i consider this as waste of time especially if you have limited time venice. i stayed in venice for only 2 days and got time to sight seeing for only one day. i thought i could have spent some time visiting the churches and museums instead of this boring long tour to nearby... More

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Patchogue, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Torcello seems to be a less touristy island. The main attraction was the very old church - not elaborate - and the excavated remains in front of it of older Roman ruins. My husband (a history buff) would give this 5 stars.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We caught the vaporetto out to Torcello to go and see the Byzantine Basilica and it didn't disappoint. We went on a sunday and the vapporetto was full of locals off for lunch at the various restaurants on the island - we didn't try any of them as we were on a mission to get to Murano too but they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Torcello is far from the scrum of main Venice island amidst the salt marshes of the lagoon. While it works well with a stop at Burano, in itself it has just the right enough real history, an exquisite mosaic portrayal of heaven and hell, a tower well worth climbing, if the construction is not halting entrance, and several very appealing... More

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Australia
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328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Not much to see here except a beautiful Byzantine Cathedral built in the 11th Century! Really, would you want to come to Venice and miss that. The church looks nothing on the outside but inside the 11th and 12th century Byzantine mosaics are intact and stunning. Absolutely worth the 5 Euro fee for the Last Judgement mosaic. You will have... More

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Glasgow
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Torcello is nearly always lumped in with Murano and Burano as part of a day trip. That is a pity as it is so different from Murano and indeed from Venice itself. The island is quiet. You will have an opportunity to see wildfowl other than pigeons. There are some very good places to eat and best of all is... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

When you get off the bus, you walk alongside a quiet canal. It used to be even more rural, but these days has more boats. To the sides there are areas with long grass, and water birds. There are several smart restaurants, but we didn't go in. You cross a bridge, restored in 2012, which i had fond memories of... More

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Birmingham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We went on a tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello. The first two islands were excellent but the third was a bit different. It was a very long walk into Torcello and when we arrived there really wasn't anything there except the church (and a toilet for 1 euro 50). So we walked back to the boat and found most... More

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Torcello May be the least visited of the lagoon islands but it excels in peace, quiet, and a lack of the pushing,shoving and noise of Venice. Santa Maria Assumta's mosaics are amazing and the serenity of the church and the beautiful green island will make you glad you made the. 40 minute vaporetto trip .

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We went there (wife and I) as part of the tour of the islands. From the deck to the "town" (very very small) you will walk 8-10 minutes. Very peaceful place, with some nice and antique statues here and there. There are a few gardens with flowers during the main walk, and you will notice that sense of "elegant and... More

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