Torcello Island, Venice

#4 of 30 in Parks in Venice
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • I really liked this island. If you go expecting a lot of things to see or do you will be disappointed, but for me it was a refreshing contrast with other parts of the city. I loved that it was such.....  more »
  • We had such a lovely day on Torcello Island. We visited it as part of a group tour with Ormina Tours that also went to Burano and Morano. We had free time on the Island and decided to visit the old....  more »
  • 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.
  • Interesting place but not a lot to do in the heat of the day

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