Torcello, mistakenly called Torricelli by many people, is the most northerly island of the Venetian Lagoon between those ones which are still inhabited and easy to visit.
Here live just a dozen people in homes mainly farmhouses, whose only source of income is tourism.
Easily accessible from Burano in 5 minutes with the ACTV ferry (T line), which runs every half hour, Torcello immediately offers an atmosphere of times to its visitors.
Following the long avenue that leads to the square and along the main river, you are immersed slowly in a landscape that seems remained to the period of the late Roman Empire, with a rhythm occasionally fragmented by a colonial-style restaurant.
In the middle of this promenade, about 7-8 minutes long, you will come across the famous "Devil's Bridge", so called because, according to a legend, was built in one night by the devil to win a bet:
probably was the lack of protection on the sides (the "shoulders"), and then the feeling that the bridge was built in a hurry, to have influenced the collective imagination of the time.
A little further ahead a second bridge leads to the town square, which is still entirely in clay and gravel and on whose sides some souvenir stalls are lined.
The Archaeological Finds
Your attention is immediately caputed by a marble throne at the center of this area, the so-called "Attila's Throne":
erroneously attributed to the famous leader of the Huns, probably belonged to the Bishop of Torcello or some officer of the island.
On the left side of the square is located the Palazzo del Consiglio, built in 400 in Gothic style as the seat of government of the island.
It, along with the building of the Archives, constitutes the Torcello's Museum, which contains numerous archaeological remains found on the island and coming from the Late Latin, Byzantine and Medieval ages.
The Museum of Torcello is open from Tuesday to Saturday
in the morning from 10.30 to 12.30
in the afternoon from 14.00 to 16.00
It's telephone contact is: +39.041.730761
Secret itineraries in Torcello
To enhance the medieval charm of the island, we suggest a fascinating tour at the Basilica of Torcello to discover its priceless mosaics, treasures and two areas that have remained inaccessible for centuries: the crypt and the sacristy.
The tour will take you through beautiful mosaics, majestic architecture and precious details, telling you about the soul of the Torcello's Basilica and making you come in contact with the deep atmosphere of spirituality that it emanates.
You will have the opportunity to cross the crypt under the altar, a passage in which you can see the old brick structure of the medieval basilica. Often being reached by the water, it has been equipped with a wooden bridge to make visits possible at all times.
For information on how to get to Torcello you should visit the page "how to get to Burano". Infact the route to reach Torcello from Venice, Murano, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni or Venice Lido is the same that you undertake to visit Burano.
Visiting Torcello from San Marco Square
To get to Torcello from the beautiful Piazza San Marco in Venice, you can use an organized boat tour.
The boat trip to Torcello takes about half a day, it's cheap, and it will take you through the various islands of the lagoon near Torcello, as Burano and Murano.
The half day excursion by boat can be booked online at this page: Venice excursions to the islands.
We hope to please suggesting some facilities such as hotels, inns and bed & breakfast in Torcello in order to help you find accommodation or rooms in Torcello or nearby.
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At the Al Trono di Attila Restaurant of Paola e Mauro Bruniera you will find a warm welcome and the perfect opportunity to learn about Torcello and its flavors.
Ristorante Al Trono di Attila, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Ristorante Al Trono di Attila" and visiting its own page.
Where to buy local handicraft products around Torcello
In the globalized market has become very difficult to buy local crafts in places that you go to visit. Let us, therefore, to suggest the reliable shops where you can buy the authentic pieces and not imported.
Enjoy a little taste of the timeless atmosphere that you breathe in these places through a convenient and economic boat trip to the islands of the Venice Lagoon.
Departing from Venice, can be complicated for a tourist reaching Murano, Burano and Torcello by public transport, so we thought about comfortable tours of the islands which depart from the Santa Lucia train station in Venice, from Piazza San Marco and, in summer, also from Punta Sabbioni, the end of the Cavallino-Treporti coastline.
In our catalog there are various boat tours options: starting from the classic excursion to Burano, Murano and Torcello, up to the excursion to Murano and Burano with a fish-based lunch in a typical restaurant in Burano.
A novelty are also the tour of Burano, Murano and Venice starting from Punta Sabbioni and the daily excursion to Venice and its islands starting from Jesolo Lido.
In short, if you want to visit Murano and Burano, as well as Torcello and Venice, without sacrificing comfort, seating, explanation on board .... book online the boat trip that's right for you.
Choose the visit to the islands that you prefer, by pressing the button below to have access to our online catalog.
If you are a "DIY tourist", who prefer to move freely without the comfort of our tours, you can get to Burano with the public vaporetto (Line 12). You can skip the line at the ticket offices buying the water bus tickets online.
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