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“Quiet/peaceful, and be sure to visit Fabiola's shop!”
Review of Torcello Island

Torcello Island
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Afternoon Lagoon...
Ranked #78 of 814 things to do in Venice
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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 .
Reviewed December 10, 2013

After taking the no. 12 vaporetto from Fondamente Nuove to Murano and then Burano, you can transfer via Burano and take the 9 vaporetto (a very short ride) to Torcello, the third and lesser known island. It literally consists of a single canal that winds through the island along with fields and a few churches, and it's not really inhabited anymore. The Devil's Bridge is interesting to walk across but the other side is private property. The churches were closed when I went, there were few other tourists, and the silence was refreshing and almost eerie.

One thing I recommend is to buy your Venetian souvenirs on this island, as it's MUCH cheaper than in Venice itself (with jewelry, glass, scarves, etc. at half price). There was a lady named Fabiola with a shop near the church, and she was one of the kindest locals I met on my trip. She was very honest about what merchandise is authentic and which are imitations. I bought a couple of pieces of jewelry, a piece of Murano glass made by one of her friends, as well as a cotton/silk scarf at 5 euro (made in China, but it was pretty!).

Definitely go to Torcello to see a different side of Venice. Enjoy your trip!

5  Thank Krystal X
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Don't go all the way there if it's not part of a tour trip or something like that.

There's not much to see.
The nice part it's that gives you kinda of a notion what is the "country side" for the Venetians.

Thank JPaschoal
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The best thing we did in Venice: the vaporetto from Fondamente Nuove via Murano takes you away from the urban frenzy of the city to this small island, where you are deposited about 10 minutes' walk away from the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its spectacular mosaics (including vivid depictions of hellfire of great interest to the children). Worth downloading Ruskin's Stones of Venice on the kindle in order to read his description of the pulpit and other parts of the cathedral.
Part of the appeal is that once you have looked at the cathedral and perhaps the other church next door to it, errr... that's it. You look at your watch and see that there is just time to get back to the jetty to catch the return service (presently at 2 minutes past each hour). But a much better idea is first to spend an hour having lunch in one of the four or five restaurants (ranging from brisk and cheap to the highly-priced Cipriani off-shoot).
Perhaps not so enjoyable in the rain but, on a sunny autumnal October day, perfection!

2  Thank Charles053
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This island is a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One can access Torcello via a boat. The boat ride was thrilling. We got to a lagoon, the scenic beauty that greeted us here was a treat for the eyes. There are the two churches here called Santa Fosca and Santa Maria Assunta. The island appeared almost deserted when we visited it.

1  Thank Alex A
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We bought a 24 hour pass which included a 3 island tour. We have been to Murano and Burano before but enjoyed the trip 2nd time round. The little gem on the trip was the island of Torcello. We arrived at the jetty and was told to walk down along the canal for about 10 minutes until we found an interesting old church which they believe is the oldest in Italy. This trip was well worth the effort as we passed a bridge with no hand rails and then some amazing restaurants and venues in beautifully manicured grounds. This was a highlight for us and we would love to see it again and have lunch in one of the restaurants. There is also no crowds in Torcello which was great.

3  Thank Cheryll M
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