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Torcello Island

Address: Venice, Italy
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello...
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Ranked #57 of 342 things to do in Venice
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Owner description: This small island is a bit off the usual Venetian path, but it’s...
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Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
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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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Once inhabited by 20,000 people, Torchello is now a quite backwater and worth a visit to see the beautiful but simplistic basilica. The short ferry journey from Burano is included in the price of your vaporetto pass and if you seek some peace from busy Venice and Burano you may enjoy the tranquility of this small island. I believe a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We found a day trip to Torcello by chance. One morning, while we were walking around the Doge’s Palace, near the Bridge of Sighs, we noticed a little kiosk with adverts for trips to Murano, Torcello and Burano. The offer was intriguing - a ticket of 20 Euro takes to these three islands for a half a day. It’s definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Amongst the hustle and bustle of Venice, if you have time it's nice to visit the outlying islands. Torcello was once the big centre, in medieval times, but disease (I think the Black death?) ended up with the town relocating to Venice. I believe there were once 20,000 people on Torcello but now only a handful, a couple of nice... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Only if you are in Venice with a few extra days, and you want to get away from the craziness along the Grand Canal, take a half day to visit Torcello, older than Venice itself. The spectacularly restored gold and black mosaic in the basilica is a copy of the now lost original from the glory days of Constantinople. It... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Torcello was part of a boat trip and by the time you walk round to the basilica, grab a coffee and then get back onto the boat, you've seen and done it all. Not one of the most exciting places to spend 30 mins.

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The original birthplace of the Venetian empire which later abandoned for the current site of Venice due to malaria. There is not much to see on this island but the church and view from the campanile is lovely and the general atmosphere is one of peace and tranquillity. The trip across the lagoon to the island is also enjoyable. Would... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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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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