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After a lovely lunch of pizza and wine, we left the picturesque setting of Burano, said goodbye to the brightly colored buildings to visit yet another island of the Venetian lagoon: Torcello.
Torcello is the oldest island of the lagoon and I’ll be honest with you, we watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain where he went to Torcello and he said it was a must-see. And so we saw. Thanks, Tony! It had such a different feel as soon as we stepped off the boat. Quiet. Still. Alone. And green! There was such a unique contrast between Venice, Burano, and Torcello. I’m so happy we got to see all three as they are all completely different and wonderful in their own ways. What an awesome way to experience Venice. Torcello is known as the mother of Venice and was once its biggest rival.
This little brick structure greets you just as soon as you step off the boat. Welcome to Torcello!
After walking a little ways down the sidewalk from the boat, you see a devil’s bridge which is an ancient arched bridge seen throughout Europe. Torcello’s is actually called Ponticello del Diavolo (devil’s little bridge) as it is much smaller than most other devil’s bridges. It really was… a bridge. That led to nowhere.
A little green area and a restaurant in the middle of the island. We were literally 2 of maybe 15 other people on the island at the time. Including residents. As the island only has a population of ten people. Crazy. That’s almost as big as the population of my house.
We then made our way further down the sidewalk (road?) to the main attraction of Torcello. A small palazzo surrounded by some very ancient buildings, ruins, columns, and statues.
And when I say ancient, I mean ancient. On the right is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta built in 639 AD. It is the oldest religious structure in all of the Veneto and has the first mosaics in the Venice area. On the left is the Church of Santa Fosca. I don’t know a whole lot about either one, but this site does.
What’s Italy without a little vineyard in the neighborhood?
I had to share this picture of the dog. We saw this dog on Burano and then again he was on Torcello when we were there, too! Apparently he’s just a local dog (not sure if he even belongs to anybody or not) who takes the boats from island to island getting food, sun, and joy wherever he can. What a whimsical life. He should be in a children’s book. :)
This is what the inside of the traghetto looked like. It wasn’t crazy busy until it stopped in Burano and Murano to pick everybody up. And it was a long trip back I remember; almost an hour due to how many stops it had to make on only a 1.5 mile trip!
When we arrived back in Venice we did as the Italians do and refreshed ourselves with some yummy gelato. I have no idea what kind we got and the picture doesn’t really help refresh my memory! We then just walked around and enjoyed the fine details of Venice like the unique doors and textures that were everywhere we looked.
Look, it’s a gondola with two suckers paying like $500 for a 40 minute ride! Something like that.
We were then hungry for dinner. I don’t know what time it was but it was early for Italians as they usually eat dinner at around 10pm, so we were literally the only ones in this restaurant. Kind of nice, looking back on it. Alone for a romantic dinner on our last night in Venice.
I love this guy. Forever my travel buddy. Here he was drinking a Spritz, the local drink specialty of Venice. It was actually really good and has me wanting to try to make one for ourselves here! And I will end this day with our meals. The Count tried seafood as we were in Venice where it is aplenty! I stuck with what I know and love. Pasta with cream sauce. Although I wasn’t prepared for how salty prisciutto was.
I think I already said this, but if not… we loved Venice. It was one of the most memorable places of our entire trip and was my favorite city overall. I read scathing reviews and had people try to tell me before our trip that Venice was dirty and stinky and overhyped. They were so, so, very wrong. Venice was magic and I long for the day when I can go back.
This is a part of my ever persistent quest to finally blog about our month long trip to Europe in May of 2011. You can read about the rest of our days by clicking on “Travel” at the top!