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.
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