Immersed in the salt marshes of the Venice Lagoon, the island of Torcello is, even today, evidence of the long history of the city of Venice. Already habited in Roman times, between the 5th and 6th centuries the Island became the refuge of the people of the city of Altino as a result of the barbarian invasions. After it became the property of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna and after the last and serious invasion of the Lombards, In 639 the bishopric was moved by the citizens of Altino, and so starts the construction of the cathedral, today visible. Along with the neighbouring islands of Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano, the island became in a short time place of trade with the Adriatic Sea. Over the years, the island was habited by thousands of people. In the fifteenth century many of them relocates to San Marco, which became new marketplace for barter with the East. Today, the island looks like a snapshot ancient sparsely habited as a demonstration of how was the daily life in the past. Spend a day in this place surrounded by nature is a little ‘how to use a time machine and be the protagonists of the story. In fact, even today it is possible to visit the Church of Santa Fosca, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, that is formed from five porches and where inside you can see the sober pentagonal apse. This religious building is beautiful to see for its proportionate size and the harmony of the architectural elements. Continuing the visit, you get to Torcello Cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639 by order of Isaacio, Exarch of Ravenna. The interior has a solemn atmosphere with a pavement composed of rich marble mosaics. On the wall of the entrance there is a wonderful mosaic named “the Last Judgement”, a masterpiece of Venetian-Byzantine school who worked in Torcello in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This church is the oldest building monumental present throughout the Lagoon of Venice. The cathedral and the Church of Santa Fosca and a small construction looks towards the square, a grassy area, where in the centre lies a massive stone seat called the “throne of Attila”, king of the Hun. Step by step, from the waterbus’s docking to the centre of the island you can admire a multitude of different landscapes, made of brambles, the leaves blowing in the breeze of the lagoon, the ruins and vegetation and the paths. Relive a past even just for a day is something unique and rare face to discover the ancient secrets of a civilization that still lives. If you wish to extend your Venetian experience, Torcello will satisfy you surely ! Our staff will be at your disposal to give you all the information you need.

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