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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #43 of 205 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You can do this Island in under an hour, very pretty and a couple of lovely restaurants if you want to spend more time looking. One church (which you have to pay to get into).

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Having seen no cats in Venice and being told the male cats had been castrated thus naturally dying down the population in that city, my cat fix came on the Island of Torcello. I spoke to one of the 12 residents who established that yes indeed there were fifteen permanent cats residing on the island. The peacefulness and accompanying cathedral... More

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Montreal
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It will take you 3 boats and a long trip to get here but it is worth it. The VIIth Century Church and it's mosaics is a marvel which is being restored. And make sure to take in Burano on the way.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Exquisite Byzantinising mosaics in the cathedral of Sta Maria dell' Assunta,Torcello, and the beautiful opus sectile floor are not to be missed if you can bear to drag yourself out of Venice. The monumental Last Judgement which covers virtually the whole of the west wall is probably the most comprehensive version to be found anywhere. The views from the top... More

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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We did not set out to visit Torcello but it was included in a guided island tour (4-5 hours with the Alilaguna) that departed from Marco Polo water bus stop. We stayed in a hotel close to San Marco Square and therefore this stop was very convenient to have started the tour. The first stop was at Murano very close... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It takes three boats to get there but if you like Byzantine mosaics then this island with its ancient church is a must. It is crumbling away and looks like nothing from the outside, and blows you away when you step through the door. If you have time do not miss it. Amazing!

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I loved Torcello. I thought the Cathedral was magnificent. I enjoyed a great lunch there at a small inn. It made for a very pleasant and quiet reprieve from Venice.

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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a fascinating place to visit and was very quiet on Christmas eve. The interior of the church is well worth seeing. We had a drink at the local bar not far from where you get off the boat. We didn't think there were any facilities here at all - but there are a couple of places to try... More

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Wim van der Meer
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

You have to take line 12 from Fte Nove. Then, in Burano, you can proceed to Torcello. The boat to Burano from Fte Nove goes twice an hour, and takes 42 minutes. The boat from Burano to Torcello goes 4 x per hour and takes 5 minutes. Today there were enormous crowds and it was quite a hassle and took... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Brilliant place to visit. Take a nice vaporetto ride and escape to this serene island with the rally interesting basilica with beautiful Byzantine mosaics. You might be the only one there.

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