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“Worth a visit”
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 .
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Basilica is worth a visit, and you will feel your sense of claustrophobia diminish as you walk around the open space this island offers. It is hard to believe this was once the capital of the byzantine empire! When you do, bypass Locanda Cipriani (it's brills if you like celebrity status) and go to the Trono di Atila restaurant instead.

Visited April 2013
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Zejtun, Malta
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“Eerie Island”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

An eerie island, with the oldest Byzantine church in Venice. I suggest one should go as the sun is setting, to get a spooky visit.

Visited February 2013
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leicestershire
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“Adds to the interest of a Venice lagoon tour”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

There's not a lot to see on this island that was settled before Venice then largely stripped of its buildings to provide materials for building Venice. But there is a spectacular basilica and if you have been out to Murano and Burano it's worth coming on to here.

Visited March 2013
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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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Mill Creek, Washington
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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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