Museum of Torcello

 

in short

The museum of Torcello consists of two sections: the medieval and modern section and the archaeological. In this first section are kept early Christian, high medieval and medieval findings from Torcello and the islands around it. The second houses findings found in the Venetian area, the lagoon, and material from different places, such as Egyptian statues and covering a period from the Palaeolithic to the late Roman age.
Museo di Torcello
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Museum of Torcello

in detail

The unique square-shaped bell tower leads the way to the charming mooring of Torcello, either coming from the river Sile, amongst sandbanks, brackish plants and "bricoles" or crossing the lagoon between the islands of Burano,Mazzorbo and San Francesco del Deserto. The archaeological section, which is hosted in the Palazzo dell'Archivio contains archaeological finds coming from the Lagoon and relics from the Palaeolithic Era to the late Roman period. In this area the exhibition includes Egyptian statues, stones artifacts of pre-history collection, Greece and Cyprus ceramic vases, Italo-Corinthian vases, Etruscan pottery and pre-historic bronze, Roman ceramics and monuments, finally Greek sculpture.
The Medieval and Modern section, wich is hosted in the Palazzo del Consiglio, contains objects and documents from the first centuries of the Christian era until the 19th century.  In this area the tourist finds architectual fragments wich date back to the Early Middle Age when Torcello established itself as an urban centre. The exhibition includes stonework dating from a later period features decoration in western style mixed with Byzantine designs and groups of mosaics dates from the 6th cent and still painting of Venetian school of painting. Worthy of interest are the paintings from the ruined church of Sant'Antonio at Torcello and attribuite to the workshop of  Veronese.   
Museum of Torcello
The unique square-shaped bell tower leads the way to the charming mooring of Torcello, either coming from the river Sile, amongst sandbanks, brackish plants and "bricole" or crossing the lagoon between the islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and San Francesco del Deserto. The history of museum began in 1870 when Luigi Torelli, the prefect of Venice, purchased the Palazzo del Consiglio to the house a centre of archaeological artefacts found in Torcello, in the adjacent islands nearby mailand. In  1872 after Torelli had given the building to the Province of Venice, the Provincial Museum was founded, assigning the direction to the researcher Nicolò Battaglini. In 1887 Cesare Augusto Levi took his place: he continued the collection of findings wich were found on the spot and the surroundings and he added others to the Museum wich he gathered during his travel, especially in Rome. In 1887 he bought the Palazzo dell'Archivio, restored it and housed the archaeological collection there, naming Museo dell'Estuario and donating it to the provincial authorities. On May 14th, 1889, the Musseo Provinciale was inaugurated.
Admission
3,00/ 1,50 EUR Gratuito per le classi accompagnate dai docenti, per i bambini fino ai 5 anni e per i cittadini dell'Unione Europea oltre i 65 anni./ Free for classes accompanied by teachers, for children up to 5 years and for EU citizens over 65 years Gratuito i giovedì per i residenti nella provincia di Venezia.
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Museum of Torcello
Piazza Torcello
30142 Venice
Italy
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 17:00
Mon
-
Tue
10:00 - 17:00
Wed
10:00 - 17:00
Thu
10:00 - 17:00
Fri
10:00 - 17:00
Sat
10:00 - 17:00
01.11 - 28.02: 10:00 – 17:00
01.03 - 31.10: 10:30 – 17:30 ( ultimo ingresso/last admission 17:00)
Chiusura il 21 novembre e le festività nazionali (ad eccezione del 15 agosto)
Closed on Mondays and national festivities

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