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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.

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From left: visiting Torcello, ancient bridge to the Torcello's square, Locanda Cipriani in Torcello

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

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From left: Torcello's Basilica and bell tower behind the Locanda Cipriani, Fountain in the square of Torcello.

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.

This guided tour in Torcello can be booked online at the following link: "The Torcello Basilica and its secret itineraries".

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From left: tour of the Torcello's Basilica, Torcello's bell tower.

Getting to Torcello

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.

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Some exaples of excursions and tours to Torcello island.

Torcello Accommodation

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. Try out our Torcello accommodation deals finder.

Hotel Locanda Cipriani Torcello

Locanda Cipriani

Piazza Santa Fosca, 29

Location: Torcello

Set in a fantastic garden, at the curve of the main canal of the island, Locanda Cipriani offers accommodation in Torcello with free Wi-Fi.

Locanda Cipriani, online reservation: you can book your room at the hotel "Locanda Cipriani" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Bed and Breakfast Laguna Blu Burano

Laguna Blu

Calle Daffan, 379

Location: Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

Laguna Blu, online reservation: you can book your room at the Bed and Breakfast "Laguna Blu" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Bed and Breakfast Venissa Wine Resort Mazzorbo

Venissa Wine Resort

Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 3

Location: Mazzorbo

The Venissa Wine Resort is located in Mazzorbo island, in the former mansion of a typical Venetian estate, surrounded by a walled vineyard of Dorona's grapes.

Venissa Wine Resort, online reservation: you can book your room at the Bed and Breakfast "Venissa Wine Resort" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Eating out in Torcello

Any suggestions about where eating out can never do harm, too. We tried to make a selection of the best restaurants, pizzerias and wine bars typical of Torcello

Locanda Cipriani Torcello

Locanda Cipriani

The menu of the Locanda Cipriani in Torcello always offers different and elaborated courses which are a wise interpretation of the local dishes and products.

Location: Torcello

Locanda Cipriani, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Locanda Cipriani" and visiting its own page.

Ristorante Villa '600 Torcello

Ristorante Villa '600

The Villa 600 restaurant in Torcello, with its elegant garden with a playground, is ideal for weddings. Family owned and Venetian cuisine.

Location: Torcello

Ristorante Villa '600, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Ristorante Villa '600" and visiting its own page.

Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo Torcello

Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo

The Osteria al Ponte del Diavolo is the ideal place where to organize special occasions in the magical atmosphere that the island of Torcello offers.

Location: Torcello

Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo" and visiting its own page.

Ristorante Al Trono di Attila Torcello

Ristorante Al Trono di Attila

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.

Location: Torcello

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.

New Arte Fuga Burano

New Arte Fuga

Location: Burano

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

New Arte Fuga, buy online: you can send your enquiry to "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Venice Travel Cards

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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Boat Excursions to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: starting from 4 hours

Period: available all year!

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.

Gondola Tours in Venice

Duration: variuos

In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.

Week end in Venice

Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
Compose online your holiday package in Venice, adding to cart individual services and booking them all at once!

All these services are offered by a Venetian tour operators.

Local Handicrafts

Murano glass shop

New Arte Fuga - Lume Glass Factory

Via Giudecca, 132 - 30142 Burano (Venice Italy)

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano, which is also a small glass factory, offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

Inside this shop it's possible to enjoy for free the "glass lume processing", typical of the area around Murano.

Download the coupon for "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on the button below: showing it in the shop you will be entitled to a discount or a freebie.

Venice Hotels

Hotels in Venice and islands

Hotel diffuso in Burano

San Martino Sinistro 506 – 30142 Burano

Do you want to sleep in one of the colorful houses of Burano? Book your room and discover the most beautiful island in the Venice lagoon.

Burano Accommodation

Laguna Blu Bed and Breakfast in Burano

Burano Bed and Breakfast

Calle Daffan, 379 - 30142 Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

holiday lettings homes and apartments in burano

Holiday lettings, homes and apartments in Burano

Would you like to stay in a typical colorful house of Burano, once inhabited by fishermen and lace-makers?

where to eat in Mazzorbo

Eating out in Mazzorbo

Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 3 – 30142 Mazzorbo

A stone's throw from the island of Burano, crossing the long bridge, you reach the Venissa estate: an agricultural paradise open to the public, formed by vegetable gardens, vineyards and two restaurants.