Oh man. Torcello’s story is tragic. The island boomed in the centuries after Attila the Hun devastated the Roman Empire. The urban refugees of those wars made their home here, and thanks to the salt marshlands, quickly formed terrifically powerful city – more so than Venice! The Byzantine Empire symbolically adopted the island, but it was too far away to really interfere in its workings. The good fortune didn’t last. The salt marshes became just marshes. Malaria became rampant. 12th century onwards, the population dwindled, and there are just about 20 people here today. Torcello’s legacy of ancient palaces, parishes, and cloisters is lost.
We have the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, from 639, which is a classic Venetian-Byzantine structure. Be sure to check out the façade and portico. Some of Venice’s earliest mosaics are contained within, including a beautiful Standing Virgin. The skull of Saint Cecilia is also kept inside.
The 11th century church of Santa Fosca (free entrance) is near the Cathedral.
Also nearby is a small Museum of Torcello. The museum courtyard has a stone seat called Attila’s Throne. Divided into a Medieval/Modern Section and an Archaeological Section, the Museum’s collections reflect the history of the Venetian Lagoon, and include also many relics right from the Palaeolithic era to the late-Roman period. The displays highlight Torcello’s relationship with Venice, Altino and Byzantine.
Mini-attractions include the Devil’s Bridge.
If you’re staying overnight at the island, the Torcello Casa d'Artista Lucio Andrich will arrange lodgings, dinner, and a boat tour of the island for you.
Also, visit nearby attractions which are covered in Venice itinerary 5 days.
Entrance Ticket Details For Torcello Island
- Cathedral admission is EUR 5 + EUR 2 for audio guide. There might be charge for climbing the bell tower too if it is open.
- Museum admission is EUR 3. You can buy combination tickets for the museum and the cathedral.
Torcello Island Hours
- The opening hours for the cathedral are 10am – 5:30pm.
- Museum of Torcello is closed on Mondays.
How to Reach Torcello Island
- Waterbus line 9 from Burano (runs every 30 minutes) between 8am-8:30 pm.
- Locanda Cipriani
- Osteria al Ponte del Diavolo
- Ristorante Villa '600
- Ristorante al Trono di Attila
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12.88% of people who visit Venice include Torcello Island in their plan
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32.11% of people start their Torcello Island visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Torcello Island
84.44% of people prefer walking in order to reach Torcello Island