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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #45 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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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We arrived about 10.15 on a sunny morning and were (almost) the only people getting off the vaparetto. We were struck by the quality of the light and the silence - broken only by a nightingale singing near the landing stage. Walking up towards the churches we found a sun trap where we could sit out and drink coffee by... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

When Venice gets a bit too busy, head for the island of Torcello on the Vaporetto. It's a peaceful oasis, away from the main toursit areas and has the most amazing church, the oldest in the lagoon and is decorated with beautiful mosaics. Well worth a visit.

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We have visited this little island on our way leaving Murano/Burano. There were hardly any tourists there which was very nice. We had our first Italian icecream here sitting in an open air cafe, it was delicious. The church and the old "ruins" were very interesting despite parts were under reconstruction.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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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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