With only ten full time residents, including the parish priest, Torcello was the quietest and most serene of the Venetian islands we visited.  This was a welcome respite from the crowds.

Torcello is located at the Northern end of the Venetian lagoon.  Settled in 452 AD, it has been referred to as the parent island from which Venice was populated.

In the tenth century it had a population of twenty thousand.  Malaria all but wiped out the population in the fourteenth century and it never recovered it’s prominence.

During the 20th century it has been a quiet refuge for many artists and writers including Ernest Hemingway and Daphne DuMaurier.

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