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Torcello Island

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Address: Venice, Italy
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This small island is a bit off the usual Venetian path, but it’s worth...

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 .

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Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day Tour
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Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and Torcello
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Private Tour: The Islands of Venice

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A place to get away from it all when you're tired of the crowds in Venice. Quiet, almost deserted (in November anyway).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A place to get away from it all when you're tired of the crowds in Venice. Quiet, almost deserted (in November anyway).

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oxfordshire,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic boat ride from st marks square to Murano, Burano and torcello this is the birthplace of Venice hard to believe as you visit today used to have some 3000-10000 inhabitants. Beautiful!

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London, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a longish boat ride to Torcello to view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. We were delighted by the lack of tourists and the quality of the interior with its Byzantine mosaics on the apse (photos not allowed!). The climb to the top of its campanile was pretty steep but ultimately worth it for the views over the... More 

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Grayling, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There was not much there. It was included in our tour to Murano. There was a church and a tourist "trap" snack bar and tiny shop.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Torcello is one of the places that I had been wanting to return to for many years, and last year I was able to take my husband and two teenagers with me. We all agreed that it was a hauntingly beautiful, peaceful place, and a great escape from the crowds of Venice. There's no need to go with an organized... More 

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I adore Torcello. I love the peace and quiet and especially the history of Torcello. Venice is very special to me, having visited approximately 20 times over the years and every time, I venture over to Torcello. It is a deeply haunting small island. I hate to read that some tourists say, "don't bother, not much to see". This makes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth the difficulty in getting to the island. You have to go to Burano first to get a vaparetto to this island but they do run very regularly even in the winter. It is very peaceful and worth spending time here. There are some cafe's, lovely canal walk, a tower, church and museum to look at. You... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Torcello is the original Venice, where it all started in the 5th century with mainlanders moving there to avoid repeated barbarian invasions. Interesting churches and old buildings. Read up on the sights before going to give you a better appreciation of what you will see. You can tie this visit together with Burano and Murano for a nice day trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Torcello is really "off the beaten track": the best way to get there is a vaparetto to Burano (which is itself worth an hour or so) then take the shuttle ferry to Torcello, running every 15 minutes. Torcello used to be the medieval centre of Venice until plague forced people away and they founded Venice as it is today. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Torcello is not far from Burano which is also worth visiting. The old church is definitely worth the trip. This was once a city of 20.000 souls. Most departed on one of the malaria plagues. Church survived with some frescos and the typical design of romanesque churches. The museum is also worth a visit

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