A day in Venice: Torcello

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It is one of the most popular islands in Venice along with Murano and Burano, oftentimes the touristic tours organize a one day visit to all three islands.  But Torcello, even though it is very small deserves a detailed and unrushed visit, if nothing more than to admire the first settlement of the Venetian lagoon.

In fact the archeological and artistic treasures found on the island are just as interesting and important as it’s atmosphere making it  “a must” place to see. The northern lagoon welcomes the island in its calm waters, while the green vegetation and calm habitat attracts many different species of birds, one of which are flocks of pink flamingos that can be found from March to September.

An ideal place to observe these feathered friends is Casa Andrich, a marvelous outpost on the island, immersed in green vegetation, once residence to the artists Clementina and Lucio Andrich. The outpost faces the Velme and Barene della Palude della Rosa and is another reason you should visit the island.

Obviously, we can’t overlook the most popular attractions including the churches and monuments that are rich in history: The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (just as splendid today as it was when built in the year 1000); the church of Santa Fosca (Greek crosses, XII century) and the archeological finds in the Provincial Museum of Torcello the “Throne of Attila.”  It’s impossible not to be fascinated by the “Ponte del Diavolo” in its authentic form, which is a good representation of all the Venetian bridge’s original structure, with no railings.

But the island of Torcello is a perfect place to taste the typical Venetian cuisine. On the little island there are many bars and restaurants for all types of wallets. The most renowned is the Locanda Cipriani and the most expensive, it is a perfect heavenly corner for it’s culinary menu and ambience. You can also choose to see the beautiful garden of Villa 600 or the more affordable Osteria of Ponte del Diavolo.

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