Torcello Travel Guide

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Torcello Things to Do

  • Santa Fosca

    This attractive late Byzantine style church was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, and was intended to be a 'martyrion' - for the purpose of holding the body of the martyred St Fosca, whose remains now lay under the altar, after being carried from Libya to Torcello around 1011. Although the church was closed during my visit, I enjoyed...

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  • Statues without a home

    Walking around the grounds of Santa Maria Assunta, we came across what we referred to as the 'home for wayward statues'. It was interesting to see some of the statues that presumably were located throughout the grounds in older days.

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  • Santa Maria Assunta

    A short walk along the canal from the vaporetto landing will take you to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Established in 639 AD, the exterior looks a little rough, but inside you will find a series of elaborate Byzantine wall mosaics dating back to the 11th century. These include the Virgin and Child, located in the apse, and the Last...

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  • Sites along the Torcello canal

    On the way to see the church of Santa Maria Assunta, you walk along the canal and enjoy some of the beautiful sites.

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria dell' Assunta

    This 'Cathedral' is recognised as being the oldest building in the lagoon and Venice. - it was founded in AD639 (The foundation stone inscribed with this date can be seen), but dates mostly from 1008.Although no longer functioning as a cathedral, it does hold mass on Sundays through the summer, plus weddings and some religious festivals .Visitors...

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  • The Chair of Attila, Atillas Seat ,...

    This white stone seat is also known as Trono di Attila or Sedia d' AttilaIt is formed from a single piece of stone and is a popular place for taking pics of partners and friends posing! It is found on the patch of grass near to the museum and opposite the Santa Fosca.Local legend says that anyone sitting in this seat will be married within the...

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  • Attila's Throne

    This rock seat in the main piazza is called "Attila's Throne," although it has no connection with the king of the Huns, whose rampages pre-date the founding of Torcello by a few generations.

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  • The Devil's Little Bridge

    So recently renovated as to appear spanking new, the Pontecello del Diavolo is really nothing much. The little country lane, if you cross the bridge, is a dead end.

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  • Walk from the Vaporetto stop to the...

    The walk from the boat to the Cathedral takes 10 to 15 leisurely minutes. This is a fine short walk, especially enjoyable since there is little open air and green spaces in Venice proper.

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  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

    The cathedral is one of the oldest structures in the region, originally built around 640 a.d. Inside the cathedral, you can admire Byzantine mosaics of The Last Judgement.

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  • Ponte del Diavolo or Pontecello del...

    The Devils Bridge, or Devils Little Bridge is to be seen while walking from the Vaporetto station to the Basilica, museums etc.According to legend, the bridge was constructed by the devil over one night It is undergoing renovation and repair. Amusingly, it appears to be taking a lot longer to repair than to build. It's been at least 2 years, and...

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  • Spot the Wildlife!

    I was surprised to see some of the wildlife on Torcello - cats and waterfowl - ok, not too unexpected . Peacocks, Turkeys and Goats were a bit more of a surprise! See my pics below.

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  • Torcello: Toilets

    Behind the building that houses the Archaological Museum is a small building that contains a couple of toilets. You'll have to pay 1 Euro to get in through the turnstile but there will be someone there to help you if you have problems.

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  • Torcello: Campanile Views

    The views from the end of the climb of the Campanile are spectacular on a clear day and even the outlines of Venice can be seen on the horizon.

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  • Torcello Campanile

    The campanile of Basilica di Santa Maria dell'Assunta is the highest building on the island and the views from the top are simply stunning. The gentle ramps inside make a change from the usual steep steps of other campaniles. On a clear day the outlines of the city of Venice can be seen on the distant horizon as can many other islands and the whole...

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  • Torcello Island

    One of the first lagoon islands to be settled, Torcello is now a shadow of its former self with a population of about 100. The Venitians salvaged most of the building materials from Torcello's historic past and little remains now. Its a lovely island and is very serene and quiet compared with all the other main islands. The main attraction is the...

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  • Look at the statues!

    After looking at the churches, I came across these statues in a small courtyard and then a few more in the vegetable gardenI was quite fascinated by them. For some reason the statue in the 2nd pic reminded me of Ozzy Osbourne in his Black Sabbath days.

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  • TORCELLO

    And how to get to Torcello? Definetely by boat. We rented a boat for the whole day, and visited three beautiful islands: Murano Burano and Torcello. Captain of the boat and his assistant did all the best to have a great time, including italian songs, they sang for us

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  • TORCELLO

    The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is noteworthy for its Byzantine mosaics and beecause it was Venice's very first cathedral.

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  • TORCELLO

    The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most ancient and precious artistic and religious places of the Venetian Lagoon. Inside there are valuable mosaics, among which "Christ's apotheosis" and "The Universal Judgement"

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  • TORCELLO

    Piazza Torcello with its Romantic Basilica of Santa Maris Assunta, the Bell Tower the Church of Santa Fosca and the Archaeological museum are absolutely the "Must see"

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Torcello Restaurants

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    by suvanki Written Dec 8, 2008

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    I didn't eat here, but thought this tip might be of anyone planning to eat on Torcello

    According to the Restaurants flyer it specialises in Venetian cuisine and uses locally produced vegetables and fish caught nearby.

    The restaurant is available for weddings and banquets

    From the 'sunned roofed and heated 'external terrace you enter a garden with views of the church tower, canal and lagoon. There is a playground for children.

    As I passed by on Christmas Day, there was the sound of diners having a good time - plenty of chattering and laughter.

    A menu outside had an extensive choice

    Villa 600 Torcello Villa 600 Torcello illustrated menu
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Torcello Transportation

  • To get to Torcello

    Torcello can be reached via a short boat ride from Burano. The boat departs every half hour. An hour in Torcello is likely to be sufficient for most visitors.

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  • Vaporetto to Torcello

    You can visit Torcello by Vaporetto, either on its own, or as a 'Island Hop' taking in a combination of San Michelle, Murano, Burano and Mazzorbo from Fondamente Nuova - located in Cannaregio sestieri. From San Zaccaria Vaporetto No 41, 42, 51 and 52 run to Fondamente Nuova. I had intended travelling to Burano, then Torcello, but I'd just missed...

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  • Escaping

    The photo is the Vapoetto pier on Torcello, We just missed a vaporetto, so it meant a 20 minute wait until the next one. Freya had actually fallen asleep in her pushchair (unheard of!) so we had a gloriously peaceful 20 minutes sitting in the warm sun on the end of the pier, looking over to Venice and the other Islands,on our...

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Torcello What to Pack

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    by suvanki Written Dec 8, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: If travelling by vaporetto for a day visit, you'll just need a light day sac to carry your camera, guide book snack and drink etc. The day that I visited (Christmas Day) the vaporetto was very tightly packed

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes, a warm jacket or coat. sunglasses.
    I was also glad that I had my scarf and gloves-out of the sun it was quite chilly

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all essential medication with you - there are no pharmacies (or shops) here.
    Also lip salve, moisturiser etc.

    Photo Equipment: As much as you can carry - some quite atmospheric shots are possible. Again, no shops so come prepared

    Miscellaneous: Food and drink - (There are restaurants on Torcello, but not cheap - I only saw 1 open during my visit.) so grab a sandwich /slice of pizza/ fruit/nuts/chocolate etc in Venice or Murano

    Binoculars for views over to other islands/ wildfowl etc

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Torcello Off The Beaten Path

  • Public Toilets!

    Perhaps a strange tip, but I was surprised to come across this public toilet, which You have to insert a 1 euro coin into a slot, before You can be admitted through a gate into the toilets. I was also surprised (but pleased) to see that it was open, despite the islands attractions being closed on Christmas Day The toilets were very clean, and there...

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  • Torcello seems to be off the beaten...

    I am amazed I am the first person to have Torcello page. So I am going to say Torcello itself seem to be off the Venitian beaten track. It really is worth a visit and its so easy to get to. On the Island itself, Its very small anyway, so you can not wander off too far.

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Torcello Favorites

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    by sandysmith Written Jul 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Take a trip to Torcello an island in the northern lagoon of Venice - you won't be disappointed. It was formerly densely inhabited and had several important religious monasteries. The rise of Venice saw its decline and the islanders were struck with malaria too. Today its sparse inhabitants number about 60 and its seems rather overgrown and neglected. Fewer tourists from Venice make their way over here but those that do will be rewarded with its tranquility and splendid mosaics which can be seen in the cathedral here. The views from the ell tower are lovely too. More info in the must see section.

    view acrossto Torcello

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