The Venetoinside tour "The Torcello Basilica and its secret itineraries" is now available also in French!

The Torcello Basilica and its secret itineraries

From 09 August 2012 to 31 October 2012


From 9 August 2012 to meet the growing interest by French tourists who visit Torcello, the tour "The Torcello Basilica and its secret itineraries" is now also available in French.

Immersed in the magical atmosphere of Torcello, we offer an itinerary to discover the most precious and ancient treasures in this beautiful island in the northern lagoon: the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello. Amongst the enchanting Byzantine mosaics, the floor adorned with multi-coloured segments artistically etched to create intricate designs and stunning intersections, and architectural elements balanced between mysticism and Classical Christian symbolism, the Basilica of Torcello is a great work of art waiting to be discovered. Built from the 7th century, following the transfer of the Altino episcopal seat to Torcello, the Basilica was later enlarged and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. A place offering an intense, captivating and spiritual atmosphere, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta boasts one of the most important mosaics in the Northern Italy: the Last Judgement stands out in the basilica amongst the numerous mosaics - an extraordinary mosaic that occupies the entire counterfaade of the basilica. Our Torcello guided tour, inside this amazing basilica, also provides access to two "secret" areas: the crypt and the sacristy of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello.

The crypt, under the altar, allows visitors to admire the ancient brick structure of the medieval basilica, whilst the sacristy contains numerous stone elements from the 9th century and a mysterious roman sarcophagus hidden behind a sort of secret passage.

Immersed in the wild nature which characterizes Torcello, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is an important testimony of the history of the island, which became the main centre of the lagoon for a brief period, thanks to the social and commercial development following the colonization of the island by the inhabitants of Altino."The Torcello Basilica and its secret itineraries" offers, in just 30 minutes, an unprecedented journey to the discovery of numerous hidden treasures inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello.

Available since April 2012 in English and Italian, this fascinating Torcello tour has also enjoyed great success in the French market. For this reason Venetoinside has decided to expand its offering, adding French alongside the languages already available. This Torcello excursion inFrench is available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: a unique opportunity for tourists from across the Alps who, from 9 August can follow the tour in their own language!It is possible to easily book this unusual tour online via or buy a ticket from the ticket office at the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.

During your stay in Venice, Torcello is one of the places not to miss! And to make your visit to Torcello even better, dedicate half an hour for the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta: the only way you will be able to fully appreciate this peaceful and mysterious island just a short distance from Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff