7- The Clock Tower

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

THE CLOCK TOWER

– Short historical notes: the Clock Tower, also known as “Mori’s tower“, is a Renaissance building formed by a central tower, built in 1499, and two lateral towers added later. There is an arch, at the base, that connects San Marco square with the Mercerie’s area, that is the main commercial area of ​​the city. At that time it was one of the 3 clock in the world with mechanical movements and it was the only one that had the movements of its statues too. The legend say that the goverment of Venice took away the inventor eyes in order that he could no repeat such opera for other goverment. Over the the arch we find the “Big clock face” where are represented the lunar phases, all the zodiac constellations and the indication of the time divided into 24 parts. At the time, infact, the 24 hours started from the rising and falling of the sun. There was a guardian, called “The fitter”, that corrected continuously the beginning and the end of the day during all the season of the year. Above the “Big clock face” there is the Madonna sit on a throne that in the center between two doors on which the hours are signed. During the Ascension week and the day of the Epiphany, an angel playing the trumpet followed by the three wise men came out from the right door. Then they stop in front of Virgin Mary, they take a bow and finally they go outside through the left door. Above the Madonna we find the Venice Lion, symbol of the Venice power.
This symbol was put in that position to emphasize that the power of Venice is stroger than the Church power (represented by Virgin Mary), the scientific knowledge (represented by the great technological clock), the earthly goods (represented by Merceria area) but less strong than time power (represented by the statues of “2 Mori”). Finally, above everything we can see the statues of “2 Mori” (called in this way for their brown color). These 2 large bronze statues are very similar but not identical. The main difference is that one has a beard (called the “Old man”) while the other has no beard (called the “Young man”). The Mori mark the hours by beating the bell with their hammers (as many tolls as the hours are), but with a precise modality. The Old Man beats the hours two minutes before the correct time, to represent the time that has passed, while the Young Man beats the hour two minutes later to represent the time that will come. For more historical information or information about the mechanism and conformation of the clock click here. You will find the official page of the clock tower and you can download a PDF document with a short guide.
– Opening time and ticket price: You can visit the clock tower only by reservation and with a specialized guide. Entry is allowed from 6 years
Enghlish language – Monday to Wednesday: 11 am and 12 am; Thursday to Sunday: 2 pm and 3 pm; Adults 12.00 euros, Reduced ticket: 7.00 euros (Children aged from 6 to 14 years, over 65, residents and births in the Municipality of Venice, holders of Rolling Venice pass, buyers of tickets for the Museums of San Marco square or Museum Pass, holders of the ticket of the “Secret Itineraries” or “The hidden treasures of the Doge” in Doge’s Palace, holders of ISIC – International Student Identity Card.
Click here to book your visit, you will find the official page of the clock tower where you can book the visit without agency commission.
– Information on guided tours or audio-guides: The visit can only take place with a specialized guide included in the ticket price
– Official links: Click here to view the official website of the clock tower

FINAL ADVICES: Book it and do it because it’s very beautiful and peculiar. The guide is already included in the price and you can also get a reduced ticket if you already done the “Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace” (another visit that I highly recommend). You will see the heart of this gigantic mechanical watch (the most famous after Big Beng) and enjoy a beautiful view of Venice next to the 2 Mori.

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6- Grand Canal

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

GRAND CANAL

– Short historical notes: The Grand Canal is the main canal that crosses Venice. Only 4 bridges cross it – Rialto Bridge, Scalzi’s bridge (in front of Santa Lucia train station), Constitution bridge (known by the Venetians as Calatrava Bridge, architect who designed it) and Accademia Bridge (wood bridge, in the university area). The Grand Canal is about 3800 meters long (30 to 70 m wide, medium depth 5 m) and it divides the historical center into two parts, tracing an inverted “S”, which goes from the Liberty Bridge (Piazzale Roma bus stop) to the San Marco Basin. It is flanked along its length by magnificent buildings, built in different eras and styles.
Buildings for business: calls “Fondaco” like Fondaco dei Turchi
Byzantine style: Ca ‘Farsetti, Ca’ Loredan, Ca ‘da Mosto
Gothic style: Palazzo Ducale, Ca ‘D’oro
Renaissance: Ca ‘Dario, Ca’ Vendramin, Palazzo Grimani
Baroque: Ca ‘Pesaro, Ca’ Rezzonico, Santa Maria della Salute church
Neoclassical style: Palazzo Grassi
You can navigate the Grand Canal in different ways:
– with the vaporetto/water bus (travel cost € 7.50 per person); Water bus number 1 takes about 30/35 minutes; Water bus number 2 takes about 20/25 minutes -)
– with a gondola (€ 80.00 for 30 minutes per gondola)
– with a water taxi (approximately 40/50 euros per taxi)
Click here to view the page of the Grand Canal (it is the page of wikipedia that, in this case, is particularly accurate and detailed).
The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the buildings that you can admire on both banks, you will be amazed by these floating huge monuments and by the colors caused by the reflection of the water.
– Opening time: Always

FINAL ADVICES: Take vaporetto number 1 because it has more stops and is more touristic. The journey will last approximately 30/35 minutes. If it does not rain, take the seats at the stern or bow to enjoy completely the navigation and you can be able to photograph the buildings that will flow slowly to your right and your left. Let yourself be kidnapped and enjoy this navigation through history.

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5- Rialto Bridge

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

RIALTO BRIDGE

– Short historical notes: The first passage from one bank to the other of the Grand Canal, was made by floating boats. After, due to the increasing importance of the Rialto market and number of people that was crossing the boats, was built  a wooden bridge. It was built around 1250. The bridge was made by 2 oblique ramps that joined in a mobile platform. This platform was removed when tall boats had to pass. The bridge took the name of “Rialto Bridge” due to the nearby market. In the first half of the 15th century, two shops lines were built along the sides of the bridge. With the rent money, the maintenance of the bridge was paid. In 1444, it collapsed under the weight of the great crowd that was there in order to see the passage of the marquis of Ferrara. The construction of a stone bridge was proposed the first time in 1503. In the following decades several projects were evaluated. In the end, on June 9th 1588, Antonio Da Ponte’s project was chosen. The bridge was finalized (after several inconveniences) in 1591.
LEGEND OF THE DEVIL AND THE RIALTO BRIDGE – It is said that during the construction of the bridge, the devil presented himself to the architect and pretended that he was offered the soul of the first who had crossed the bridge, otherwise he would not have allowed the construction. The architect studied a plan to deceive the devil. The plan was: use a rooster to pass the bridge like first. But the devil learned about Antonio’s plan, and decided to deceive him too: he appears at Antonio’s house, to his pregnant wife, and told her to run fast to the bridge beacause his husband was waiting for her. Legend said that the soul of the dead child wandered for a long time. In the end he left the bridge thanks to a gondolier that help him.
– Opening time: Always
– How to reach the Rialto bridge: By vaporetto (water buses) number 1 or number 2 or by foot (about 35/30 minutes from Piazzale Roma bus stop / Santa Lucia train station or 10 minutes from San Marco square)

FINAL ADVICES: The Rialto Bridge is definitely a fixed stop for turists that want to visit Venice. It’s the most important bridge in Venice. From the top of the bridge you can have a wonderful view of the Grand Canal. To photograph it completely, you have to get away a lot or do it from the vaporetto (water bus) / gondola because it is really impressive. The Rialto Bridge is a perfect stop for souvenirs shopping. There are a lot of shops where you can find quite everything. Do you need souvenirs for all your family or friends? have a jump on Rialto Bridge

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4- San Marco Bell Tower

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

SAN MARCO BELL TOWER

Short historical notes: The bell tower of San Marco is one of the most important symbols of the city of Venice. The Venetians affectionately call it “El parón de casa” (The landlord) and is one of the main monuments of Venice. The Bell tower base is 12 meters per side. The height of the bell tower is 98.5 meters (one of the highest in Italy). The final part of the bell tower is formed by the arched bell cell, over this cell you can see the Venice lions and female figures of Venice (Giustizia), over these rapresentations you can see a pyramidal cusp and, finally, on the top of this cusp you can see the golden statue of the archangel Gabriel that is on a rotating platform (it move with the wind). The construction of the bell tower took place between the IX and XIV centuries on the imitation of the bell tower of Aquileia. Over the years it was damaged and repaired several times. Normally it was damaged by lightning (actually it seems a big lightning rod). But the most significant event was the collapse of the bell tower at 9:47 am in 1902 due to incorrect works on the exterior wall. Fortunately there were no victims. The bell tower was rebuilt the same as before (the topic used, was “Where was and how it was”) and was inaugurated in 1912. Click here to view the official page of the history of San Marco bell tower. To reach the top of the bell tower there is an elevator (THERE ARE NO STAIRS). Even today it is one of the most evocative places in Venice. You will enjoy a unique and breathtaking view.
– Opening time and tickets prices:
October 1st – October 27th: 9.30am – 6.00pm (last entrance 5.45pm) (adults: € 8 full price, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups of more than 25 people)
October 28th – March 31st: 9.30am – 4.45pm (last entrance 16.30) (adults: full price € 8, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years 6 € only for groups more than 25 people)
April 1st – April 15th: 9.00 – 17.30 (last entrance 16.45) (adults: € 8 full price, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups over 25 people)
April 16th – September 30th: 8.30am – 9.00pm (last entrance 20.45) (adults: full € 8, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups over 25 people )
WARNING – In case of unfavorable weather conditions (fog, strong wind, intense cold) the campan ile will remain closed
– Skip the line: To skip the line you can book your entrance clicking here. The service is available from 01 April to 31 October and has an extracharge of € 5.00. You can choose between the available time slots (2 or 3 per hour, for a maximum of 12 people per band)
– Official links: The official link is the same as the Basilica of San Marco. Click here

FINAL ADVICES: Reserve your entrance in advance because there are 2 or 3 options per hours per 12 people maximum. Remember that often there are long line (waiting times even longer than 1 hour). Belive me, you must visit it. You will enjoy a breathtaking view and a spectacular landscape of one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world.

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3- Doge’s Palace and sighs bridge

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

DOGE’S PALACE AND SIGHS BRIDGE

– Historical notes: click here to read the history of the Doge’s Palace from the official website
– Opening time: from April 1st to October 31st 8.30am – 7.00pm (last entrance 6.00pm); from November 1st to March 31st 8.30am – 5.30pm (last entrance 4.30pm)
– Ticket price; In this case you have 3 solutions:
First – MUSEUMS OF SAN MARCO SQUARE. It’s a single ticket valid for: Palazzo Ducale, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Monumental Halls of the Marciana National Library. It is valid for 3 months and allows only one entry to the Palazzo Ducale. Adults: € 20.00, Reduced ticket: € 13.00 (Children from 6 to 14 years, Students from 15 to 25 years, Accompanyers -max, 2- of groups of at least 15 students, Visitors over 65 years, Owners di Carta Rolling Venice, ISIC holders – International Student Identity Card
Second: Entrance just in Doge’s PalaceAdults: € 13.00, Reduced ticket: € 11.00 (Children from 6 to 14 years, Students from 15 to 25 years, Accompanyers -max, 2- of groups of at least 15 students, Visitors over 65 years, Owners di Carta Rolling Venice, ISIC holders – International Student Identity Card
Third: Reserve a Guide tour (below you will find all tha information)
– Information on guided tours: There are 2 different guided tours of the Doge’s Palace.
1 – “The secret itineraries” – Ticket price Euro 20.00 per adult and Euro 14.00 for the reduced ticket – Tima: in Italian 9.30am and 11.10am; – in English at 9.55 am, 10.45 am and 11.35 am; – in French at 10.20am and 12.00. Duration of the visit 1 hour and 30 minutes. Minimum 2 persons and maximum 25. Click here to get all the information and the possibility to book the tour online
2- “The hidden treasures of the Doge” – Ticket price Euro 20.00 per adult and Euro 14.00 for the reduced ticket – Time: Italian 11.00am – English 11.45am – French 12.30pm. Duration of the visit 1 hour and 30 minutes. Minimum 2 people and maximum 10. Click here to get all the information and the possibility to book the visit online
– Audio-guide: Audio guide (available just at the ticket office), 5 euros (for 1 person), 8 euros (for 2 people)
– Skip the line: you can skip the line if you will book the tickets online or one of the 2 special guided tours. Click here to see the official page in order to book tickets.
– Official link of the Doge’s Palace

FINAL ADVICES: Book the guided tour “Secret Itineraries” that are very beautiful, evocative and suggestive. In this way, you will skip the line too (often the waiting times are very long). At the end of the visit you can make a another tour of the Doge’s Palace by yourself. The tour, anyway, is already enough (it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes). You can buy the “Museum of San Marco square” just in case you are interested on visit quite all of them. If not, it is useless. REMEMBER that in the “Museum of San Marco square” ticket, the bell tower and the click tower are not included

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2- San Marco Basilica (Cathedral)

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

SAN MARCO BASILICA (CATHEDRAL)+SAN MARCO MUSEM

– Short historical notes: Click here to view the official page of the Basilica di San Marco and read the story. Anyway I recommend you to buy an audio-guide in order to enjoy completely this magnificent cathedral. The entrance to the cathedral is completely free. Inside the basilica there are 3 museums for payment (San Marco museum, the Pala D’Oro – that is the area of ​​the altar – and the Treasure).
– Opening hours and ticket costs:
29th October – 15th April; Cathedral: 9.30am – 5.00pm (free admission – last admission 16.45am) – Sundays and public holidays: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (free admission – last access 4.15pm, last access “skip the line” 4.00pm); San Marco museum: 9.45am – 4.45pm (ticket: € 5 adult, aged between 6 and 18 years € 2.50); the Pala D’oro: 9.45am – 4.45pm – holidays: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (ticket: € 2 adults, aged between 6 and 18 years € 1); The Treasure: 9.45am – 4.45pm – holidays: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (ticket: € 3 adults, aged between 6 and 18 years € 1.50)
April 16th – 28th October: Cathedral: 9.30am – 5.00pm (free admission – last access 4.45pm) – Sunday and public holidays 2.00pm – 5.00pm (free admission – last admission 16.45, last access “skip the line” 4.30pm); Museum of San Marco: 9.35am – 5.00pm (tickeet: € 5 adults, aged between 6 and 18 years €2.50); The Pala D’oro: 9.35 am – 5.00 pm – Sundays and public holidays: 2.00pm – 5.00pm (ticket: € 2 adults, aged between 6 and 18 € 1 ); The Treasure: 9.35am – 5.00pm – Sundays and public holidays: 2.00pm – 5.00pm (ticket: € 3 addults, aged between 6 and 18 € 1.50)
Click here to see the official website that speak about the opening time and tickets.
– Guided tours: if you want to take part in a guided tour you have to ask for availability very soon. Click here to view the page with all the contacts
– Audio guides: they are sold before entry to the basilica. There are combined audio guides too (cathedral + san marco museum, cathedral + Pala D’oro, etc ..). The cost of the audio guide depends on the combination you prefer. The starting price is around 5.00 euros.
– Skip the line: ATTENTION, the average waiting time to visit the San Marco cathedral is about 45 minutes !!! The “Skip the line” service is avaiable from April 1 to November 2. You can reserve the entry to the Cathedral for € 3.00 per person (free for children from 0 to 5 years). In this case you can decide the day and time (click here to book your visit). From November 3 to March 31 the San Marco Cathedral is open but the “Skip the line” service is not avaiable because, normally, during this period there are not so long line.
– Visiting time: about 10 minutes (without museums and / or audio guides)
– Better to know: You must have appropriate clothes to access to the Cathedral; No photos or videos are allowed; you can not access it with big luggage (but you can deposit them for free – for 1 hour – at the University of San Basso); Aloud explanations are not allowed; ATTENTION, in some days, visits are suspended at certain times (click here to view the suspension calendar)
– Official links to the San Marco Cathedral website

FINAL ADVICES: reserve the entry in order to skip the line (often the waiting times are very long), buy an audio guide that includes the Basilica and the San Marco museum. I don’t raccomend you the Pala D’oro (It’s just a walk around the altar) and the Treasure (there are 2 rooms full of various treasures of San Marco). I recommend you the San Marco museum because you can see the basilica from above and you can access to the terrace where there are the “Horses of San Marco” and you can have a beautiful view of San Marco square.

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1- San Marco Square

THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE

WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE

SAN MARCO SQUARE

– Short historical notes: San Marco square in Venice is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Starting from the foundation of the city of Venice, San marco Square is the theater where the most important events, celebrations and moments were celebrated.It is the only square in Venice, because in the rest of the city there are only “Campielli” and “Calli”, and there are still signs of its millennial history. It has a trapezoidal shape and it is 175 meters long and, 72 meters wide in front of the Basilica of San Marco and 57 wide on the opposite side, near the entrance to the Correr Museum. The numerous buildings of Piazza San Marco in Venice are a precious testimony of the cultural and artistic richness of this extraordinary city. It’s the heart of Venice. From the center of Piazza San Marco, looking towards the Basilica, you can see:

  • the Clock Tower
  • the old Procuratie
  • the Napoleonic Wing
  • the new Procuratie
  • the Bell Tower
  • the Doge Palace with its Sighing Bridge
  • the San Marco cathedral.

If you look towards the San Giorgio Island in the Venice lagoon, You will find two tall columns. Both  columns have a statue on the top. On the left you can admire the statue of Venice Lion that is the symbol of the power of Venice.  On the right you can admire the statue of San Teodoro that is a Byzantine saint and the first protector of Venice for people. The space between the columns was a place of execution, where the bodies of the murdered were hung upside down. San Marco square is the center of Venice where there are the main attractions. It was defined by Napoleon “The living room of Europe” (Napoleon was falling in love with this magic square).
– Opening hours: always
– Ticket price: free
– Information on guided tours or audio-guides: You can buy an audio-guides at the entrance of the Cathedral.  You will find different audio-guides combination. At first you need to understand what you want to see and then you can buy the right combination for you.
– Ability to skip the queue: no

FINAL ADVICES: Have a nice walk along the square of San Marco. Take a typical photo with the pigeons or on the 2 lions statues (which are on the left of the San Marco cathedral) or between the 2 columns with the San Marco basin behind you remembering that the criminals or traitors were there. From this square you can admire and photograph the majesty of the buildings that surround you. Don’t buy even a coffee in the bars of the square because it could cost you even more than 10.00 euros.

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Before leaving…

USEFUL INFORMATION BEFORE LEAVING TO VENICE

In this section you will find the information you need before leaving for a holiday in Venice.
You will probably find the answers to the questions that you have about this wonderful island.

In this section you can download a free map of Venice, learn what it means “High water” in Venice and find out which travel card is the  best for you in order to follow the organization of your holiday.

Just click on the topic:
Free Venice map
Tickets and season tickets for Venice
Tide and high water in Venice

I recommend you read them all quickly. They will take a little bite of time and they give you a clearer idea of ​​what to do before and during your holiday. So you will arrive in Venice prepared and you don’t waste your time in very long and useless queues.
Remember that probably you will find long lines quite everywhere, starting from the information offices, passing from the ticket offices and arriving at museums, palaces and cathedrals.

Trust me, you will risk losing hours in these queues , and in the same time losing patience and the possibility to make the best with the time that you have for visit this wonderful island. I work in the tourism for over 15 years and I am a native of Venice and I have seen several times people that are shocked by how many people arrive in Venice every day and by queues that are.

HAVE A NICE READING

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Prima di partire…

INFORMAZIONI UTILI PRIMA DI PARTIRE PER VENEZIA

In questa sezione troverete le informazioni da sapere prima di partire per una vacanza a Venezia.
Molto probabilmente troverete anche le risposte alle domande che vi state facendo su questa meravigliosa isola.

In questa sezione potrete scaricare una mappa gratuita di Venezia, imparare cosa significa “Acqua alta” a Venezia e capire se e quale abbonamento comprare in base a come è organizzata la vostra vacanza.

Basta solo che clicchiate sulla voce che più vi interessa:
Mappa gratis di Venezia
Biglietti e abbonamenti per Venezia
Marea e acqua alta a Venezia

Vi consiglio di leggerli velocemente tutti. Vi ruberanno poco tempo e vi daranno un’idea più chiara di cosa fare prima e durante la vostra vacanza. Così arriverete a Venezia preparati ed eviterete di perdere tempo in code lunghissime ed inutili partendo da quelle per gli uffici informazioni, passando per quelle delle biglietterie e arrivando a quelle dei musei, palazzi e basiliche.Fidatevi di me, rischiate di perdere delle ore in coda, oltre che a perdere la pazienza e la possibilità di sfruttare al meglio il tempo che avete a disposizione per visitare questa meravigliosa isola.

Lavoro nel settore del turismo da più di 15 anni e sono nativo di Venezia e ho visto svariate volte persone che restano scioccate da quante persone arrivano a Venezia tutti i giorni e dalle code che si formano.

BUONA LETTURA

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10- Isola di Torcello

LE 10 PRINCIPALI ATTRAZIONI DI VENEZIA

COSA VISITARE – VEDERE A VENEZIA
10 ATTRAZIONI DA NON PERDERE A VENEZIA

ISOLA DI TORCELLO

– Brevi cenni storici: Torcello è l’isola più antica della Laguna di Venezia. Si trova a Nord e tutto iniziò proprio da questa piccola isola dove attualmente vivono 8 persone. Prima di Venezia, il primo insediamento, infatti, fu proprio qui. Venne abbandonata nel XV secolo a causa del progressivo impaludamento, in favore della prospera Venezia, e un poco alla volta spogliata di tutti i materiali edili e delle sue costruzioni, salvo alcune che ancora oggi catturano la curiosità dei visitatori.
Clicca qui per visualizzare il sito ufficiale dell’isola di Torcello.
– Cosa visitare a Torcello:
Torcello offre da subito ai suoi visitatori un’atmosfera d’altri tempi. E’ un isola molto brulla e verde rispetto a Venezia, Murano e Burano. Seguendo il lungo viale che porta alla piazza e che costeggia il rio principale, ci si immerge pian piano in un paesaggio che sembra rimasto al periodo del tardo impero romano.
Lungo questo viale ci imbatteremo in un ponte senza parapetto chiamato “Ponte del Diavolo”. Ci sono 2 leggende legate a questo ponte. La prima riguarda un patto con il Diavolo avvenuto sul ponte: una maga promise al Diavolo 7 anime di bambini morti prematuramente in cambio del ricongiungimento tra una fanciulla del luogo e un soldato austriaco assassinato poco prima. Il ricongiungimento avvenne però la maga morì subito dopo a causa di un incendio. Si narra che il diavolo si presenti sul ponte ogni 24 Dicembre per riscuotere le 7 anime sottoforma di un grosso gatto nero. La seconda narra che il diavolo in persona costruì quel ponte in una notte sola per vincere una scommessa. Non riuscì ad ultimarlo a causa dell’alba. Proprio per questo motivo non riuscì a costruire i parapetti.
Arrivati alla piazza troveremo: Il palazzo del Consiglio, Il palazzo dell’Archivio (che insieme formano il museo di Torcello) ma soprattutto il trono di Attila, la Chiesa di santa Fosca e la Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta (che è la costruzione più antica presente nella laguna).
Il trono di Attila è un trono di pietra risalente al V secolo. In realtà, gli Unni, non arrivarono mai a Torcello (si fermarono ad Acquileia), infatti si narra che era il trono del Vescovo di Torcello. Potete comunque sedervi per fare una foto ricordo.
La chiesa di Santa Fosca e la Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta (clicca qui per visualizzare il sito ufficiale) sono lì vicine. La chiesa viene ancora utilizzata per la santa messa (domenica ore 10.30) mentre la basilica  (che risale al 639) può essere visitata.
Orari di apertura: da marzo a ottobre 10.30-18.00, chiusura biglietteria 30 minuti prima; da novembre a febbraio 10.00-17.00 tutti i giorni, chiusura biglietteria 30 minuti prima; prezzo euro 5.00 biglietto intero ed euro 3.00 biglietto ridotto (clicca qui per visualizzare orari e prezzi aggiornati con audioguide e museo di Torcello).
– Come raggiungere Torcello: Potete raggiungere Torcello solo dalla vicina isola di Burano con il Vaporetto numero 9 (clicca qui per vedere gli orari aggiornati). Burano si può raggiungere solo con il vaporetto numero 12. Questo vaporetto si può prendere da Venezia o dall’isola di Murano.
Da Venezia, dalla fermata “Fondamenta Nove” che potete raggiungere da Piazzale Roma o da  Santa Lucia con in vaporetti numeri 4.1 o 4.2.
Da Murano, dalla fermata “Murano Faro” che potete raggiungere da Piazzale Roma o da Santa Lucia con il vaporetto numero 3.
Clicca qui per vedere gli orari aggiornati di tutti i vaporetti.
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CONSIGLIO FINALE: Andateci!!!!! Con il vaporetto 9 la raggiungete in soli 5 minuti e verrete immersi in un’atmosfera surreale.  Vi sembrerà veramente di aver fatto un salto nella passato e di camminare nella storia. Inoltre, quando mai vi ricapiterà di potervi fare una foto con il “Diavolo” e con “Attila” nello stesso giorno.

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