Entries from Churches in Venice tagged with 'Torcello'

PhotoHunt: Rocks

Rocks line the canal on the beautiful island of Torcello~ Another view. The handpainted sign says "Rio Chiuso" (canal closed). I think there was some maintenance or repair work going on. Also on Torcello, one of my favorite shrines. The...

Torcello Before and After

I don't know what the story is with this palazzo, but it sure looks spiffy now. The first photo was taken in 2008, the second in 2010. I love those red chimneys....

One more Torcello shrine

Be still, my heart! Boy, I love this one. I wasn't expecting to find another shrine on Torcello since I'd spent a long time looking for them in 2008. But when I walked across the Ponte del Diavolo, I found...

Ponte del Diavolo

Continuing with a Torcello restoration report...when I was there in 2008, this little bridge was covered with scaffolding. The work is finished now and the old stones of the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge) look great. There are medieval "Devil's...

PhotoHunt: Closed

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Closed." I took the first photo last year from the boat on the way to Torcello, an island in the Venetian lagoon with a couple of amazing ancient churches. When I saw the scaffolding...

Return to Torcello

I was so happy to return to Torcello for so many reasons, and one of them was that I was eager to see if the cats were still there. When blogging about Torcello last year, I got a comment from...

Attenti !

When I was wandering around Torcello, I saw this "Beware of the Dog" sign on a house. I heard barking and kept on walking... Pretty soon I saw the "scary" dog and had to laugh! He was barking loudly but...

A Shrine with a Torcello Madonna

Back to Venice itself now, but with a Torcello connection. This incredibly beautiful and ornate shrine is in Camp San Giacomo dall' Orio, next to one of the bridges that exits the campo. There's a small plaque next to the...

Torcello in art

A few works of art depicting Torcello. This lovely drawing is by John Ruskin~ And another Ruskin drawing, this one comparing the capitals of Torcello's Santa Maria Assunta with those of San Marco~...

Torcello: famous visitors

Torcello’s famous five-star inn, the Locanda Cipriani, has a great “Our Memories” web page which chronicles all the many famous people who have visited. It's an impressive list of royalty, artists, writers, and movie stars, and it's hilarious to read...

The other Torcello cat story

I'm determined to finish my Torcello series sooner rather than later...so here's the second cat story. This one isn't quite as dramatic as the cat who got on my lap in the cathedral, but still, It was such a strangely...

The Oratory and the Campanile

Behind the Torcello cathedral is the small Oratory of San Marco Evangelista, built on the site where St. Mark rested on his way to Venice (or more accurately, where the guys who stole his body rested?). Legend has it...

The Stones of Torcello

There's so much cool stuff to see and photograph on Torcello. The stone chair above is called The Throne of Attilla because of a legend that it belonged to Attilla the Hun, whose rampage through the mainland drove the...

Santa Maria Assunta

“Torcello is a reclaimed wilderness…Nature’s eternal youth smiles in the midst of these ruins. The air was balmy and only the sound of the cicadas disturbed the religious hush of the morning.” ~ George Sand Santa Maria Assunta, the cathedral...

Vere da pozzo (Torcello)

First, I'd like to say Bon Voyage and safe travels to Kathy (Trekcapri) who leaves for Scotland tomorrow! Have a great time, and I can't wait to read all about it (and see your photos). Back to my ramblings about...

A Magical Encounter

The more I blog about Torcello, the more I think of to say (and I’ve got photos galore) so this may keep going for a while. But I’m going to jump ahead to the best part – what happened...

Ruins of the Baptistry

In front of the Torcello cathedral are the ruins of the 7th century baptistry – a round and romantic hole-in-the-ground that in December 2008 was filled with water. Not sure what's so fascinating and attractive about these ruins but...

Santa Fosca

This is the smaller of the two churches that remain on Torcello and was built in the 11th century to house the body of the third-century virgin martyr saint, whose body and that of her nurse and fellow martyr,...

The Shrines of Torcello

I only found a few shrines there but wow, this first one might be my all-time fave. I'd like to copy this one for my own garden. It doesn't look like it would be too hard to build. What a...

Work Underway (Torcello)

I saw a "Work Underway" sign at the vaporetto landing on Torcello, but I didn’t know that this work was so controversial until I read the book, Venice: The Tourist Maze , and learned about what the locals refer...

When you get there (Torcello)

When you get to Torcello, the first thing you see is a shrine to Madonna right there at the vaporetto landing. In the distance, you see the campanile of the cathedral. Turn around to see how vast and lonely and...

Torcello (part one)

So the three highlights of my December trip to Venice were the Joy Singers concert in the church of Santo Stefano, my daytrip to Padua to see the Giotto frescoes, and the day I spent on Torcello. And I...

PhotoHunt: Nautical

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "nautical." Not the easiest theme in the world this week. I don't have any photos of sailors! But luckily I had this nautical relief that I saw on the island of Torcello in the...