Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Take a look at our Venice trip itinerary builder tool to schedule your visit to Torcello Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It is a nice Island but if you are well travelled it is just an Island. If you have never seen an Island then I would go to it.  more »
  • The island of Torcello will be reached by a water bus (I recommend to visit the Murano and Burano). How quiet and calm here! And green, almost idyllic. There are vineyards and taverns "under the clouds" surrounded by greenery. A great place to relax after a busy sightseeing tour of the crowded islands. The Ponte del Diavolo, the Devil's Bridge (15TH century, restored in 2009), also deserves attention. /
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  • It was a beautiful cathedral, with a interesting history. The restaurants there served great food, and had musical entertainment. It's a lovely little island.
  • Looking for a place where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the exceptional island of Torcello. This peaceful, almost uninhabited island is located in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon. The ancient atmosphere of the place is underlined by two beautiful Byzantine churches.
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