tranquil place, stunning moasics
Torcello is fascinating, lan ancient island with lots of charm!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.more
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.