Torcello is an island village in the Venice Lagoon, whose landmarks include the remains of the 7th-century Sta. Maria Assunta cathedral and the 12th-century church of Sta. Fosca.

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  • The laid-back island of Burano offers a hint of what Venice might be like without today's high-volume tourism, but it is best known for fine lace-making, a severely leaning campanile (bell tower), and a collection of photogenic pastel cottages.
  • Home to just 6,000 residents and famed glass-blowing factories, the island of Murano is an easy stop on the way back from Torcello. Twenty-minute demonstrations are followed by sales pitches (bargain hard), while better buys and more variety are often found in "mainland" Venice shops; a museum holds fusty antiques.
  • Usually the most efficient way to reach these islands is to board the vaporetto at the stop Fondamente Nuove; from here, it's a 15-minute journey to Murano, and about 40 minutes to Burano and Torcello.
Located a 40-minute boat ride from Venice, peaceful Torcello is the oldest settlement in the Veneto lagoon. Although 20,000 once lived here, today the island is almost deserted but for a few dozen nearly invisible fishermen and gardeners, making for

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