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“Doomsday mosaics from 12th-13th century-fantastic !!!”
Review of Torcello Island

Torcello Island
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #43 of 700 things to do in Venice
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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 .
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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“Doomsday mosaics from 12th-13th century-fantastic !!!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

The island of Torcello can be reached by vaporetto inexpensively. There is really only one big sight on the Island, which is the basilica complex. It consists of 2 churches, the church of Santa Fosca, with it's beautiful, rounded facade, and attached to it, the much older Basilica of Santa Maria dell'Assunta, dating from the 7th century. In the older basilica you will find the world famous Doomsday mosaics. If you are an art lover, the scenes of this mosaic are a treasure to behold. They ask you not to take pictures inside, which I honored. There is a small gift shop, and bathroom nearby, but not much else there-except... In front of the complex is a marble chair which is said to be the throne from which Attila the Hun spoke verdicts. You can actually sit in the chair. A worthy day trip, which can be effectively combined with a visit to Murano and Burano Islands.

Visited October 2012
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“Incredible Historic Site”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Torcello is well worth visiting if you're at all interested in the history of Venice and its people. It's a boat ride from Venice proper, but very close to Burano Island. Many tourists visit Murano and Burano, but skip Torcello because they think there's not much to see there or because there's no shopping. But Torcello was the very birthplace of Venice when in the 7th century people were forced to flee the mainland by the invading barbarians. The very first basilica (in Venice) was built there in about 660 and is still in preistine condition. In the 11th century, Torcello had a population of 20,000 and eleven churches! There is a small hotel there as well as several restaurants. Although it's probably not worth staying overnight, it's definitely worth a couple of hours. It's a very quiets, peaceful place compared to the crowds of Venice. The boat stops there every 30 minutes.

Visited February 2013
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“small but not very interesting”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

its one of teh island close to venice. Though wehen you are in venice, you should do it but there is really anything to see and do there except of an old church.

Visited January 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“A tiny diamond in the rough”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Just a short ride from Venice proper, Murano and Burano is this little solitaire in the rough.
Not very large but you will be walking on ground that has been identified as the future site of numerous archaeological discoveries, thankful that we got to see it when we did and hope that funding comes through for the digs. Make sure to peek around corners, inside gates and from the tops of stairs for sculptures and views that make it worth this little jaunt. Personally, any excuse or destination to travel across the canals is good enough for me.

Visited April 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Worth a visit if going to the Islands”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The island is very peaceful (and a bit spooky). Very easy to access from a ferry from Burano. Beautiful church but not sure if worth the fee... Glad we went.

Visited January 2013
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