Torcello

Torcello is a quiet island at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon. Its population is scarce nowadays and therefore it is a serene place.

Majority of the 0.44 km2 island is a nature reserve and though visited by tourists a lot, not many go further than the two large (and beautiful) churches in the vicinity of the harbour. There is a plenty to do - walk on the island and if you get tired, there are some nice trattorias or even a museum. Did you know that Torcello was much larger than Venice in 10th century? Its days of glory were over when the swamps around multiplied as did mosquitoes and malaria.

The trip from Venice centre to Torcello takes about 1 hour by boat/water bus (vaporetto).

   
Next to Burano1
1 Deserted little island in the Venetian Lagoon close to colourful Burano island.
Torcello church from above2
2 Watching the island and churhes from the Campanille of the Basilica Cathedral (Sta Maria Assunta). How beautiful this must be in a low sun and when there is a bit of fog somewhere! Though we had a nice view too - you see the whole Santa Fosca church and on the top right corner there are glimpses of Burano Island.
Torcello stone window shades3
3 Sta Maria Assunta cathedral amazed us - have you ever seen window shaders made from stone? Of course, they served not to protect from the sun, but prevent the invaders to enter the church in from as early as 8th or 10th century. Note the bell tower (campanille) that offers a great view over the Venetian laguna and the island itself.
Torcello church walk4
4 Walk underneath the covered arcades on the side of the Santa Fosca church in a bright sunny day is a pleasant experience - you are in the shade and in addition, there is a chance for a great picture... But you need to be patient, as there are plenty of tourists.
Torcello serenity5
5 Torcello is a relatively quiet place. Majority of it is a nature reserve and though visited by tourists a lot, not many go further than the two large churches. There is a plenty to do - walk on the island and if you get tired, there are some nice trattorias or even a museum. Did you know that Torcello was much larger than Venice in 10th century? Its days of glory were over when the swamps around multiplied as did mosquitoes and malaria.