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Torcello Island

Venice, Italy
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Ranked #50 of 217 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is part of a full day trip to come here, but it is a haunting, evocative, poetic trip into the Venetian past. It could not be a greater contrast to the throngs around St Marks or the Rialto. Get a day pass on the Vaporetto, and the trip across the lagoon is a pleasure in itself, allowing stop-offs on... More

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Seattle
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Reading the other reviews of Torcello, I'm struck by how many people seem to be seeking amusement park-type entertainment even in a setting like Venice. They bemoan Torcello's lack of shopping, the few places to eat, and even the lack of crowds. Fair enough, but that's not why we went to Torcello. As the first island in the lagoon to... More

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Portarlington, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Just a gorgeous island. Beautiful gardens and houses. Had a Bellini in the garden of a restaurant and it was so peaceful. No loud touristy things. Really old church and a few houses and restaurants.

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Toronto, Canada
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135 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We arrived on Torcello after a stop on Murano. The island was extremely peaceful, and seemed to be deserted at times. There were a number of impressive churches, but all were closed on our visit. I wish we had more time to explore the island, but we had a waiting vaporetto to take us on our next stop.

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Dublin, Ireland
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253 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Having been to Venice for the 4th time, we wanted to do something different this time so we got a discounted ACTV tourist travel card for €20 (plus €4 for rolling venice card to allow you to purchase the card) and visited the Venetian islands. The discounted travel card was valid for 72 hours and is for 14-29 year olds.... More

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MIDLOTHIAN
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My son,the Venice authority,insisted we see this out of way place. It was HOT the day in Aug.,last year,that we had the spare time to hit this. The boat ride was not inconvenient,since the GRITTI got as a speed boat,as far as next island. But,as we got off,in heat,walked and walked,we were cursing the guy who suckered us into this... More

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