Hidden treasures

Attila's throne in the Isle of Torcello in Venice

Mysteries & Legends
Trono_Attila

Attila's throne in the Isle of Torcello in Venice

Torcello, the first Venice island to be inhabited, is rich of legends and interesting stories, such as Attila – the King of the Huns – and his throne.

A legend has it that during their invasion of Italy in the 5th century, the Hun arrived in the Isle of Torcello, where the inhabitants of the nearby roman city of Altino found refuge.

According to the legend the stone throne that is located in front of the cathedral was used by the Hun's king Attila, known as the Scourge of God, due to his ferocity towards his enemies.

In reality the Hun never arrived in Torcello as their descent into North Eastern Italy was halted at Aquileia (UD) and being pastoralist people, they would have never reached an island from the sea.

Despite the legend being untrue, this stone throne dates back to the 5th century, when the first settlers arrived at the Isle of Torcello. The throne was instead used as the seat of the magister militum, the governor of the island, during council meetings and when administering justice.

You can visit the beautiful Torcello with our half-day excursion to the most famous Venetian islands, or discover its secret itineraries with our tour 'The treasures of Torcello Island: tour with local guide'

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: 'Duri i banchi!': the meaning of a famous motto in Venice

duri-i-banchi
Figures of speech

The Venetians are a people of workers, proud and deeply attached to their city, and for these reasons, they never surrender to hardship...

View

Venice: Coronavirus is not (fortunately) Venice’s new plague

peste
Historical Curiosities

As recently as a month ago the Coronavirus or COVID-19 started to affect our lives causing much disruption. It appeared precisely in ou...

View

Venice: History of the Queen of Venice Carnival: Frittella!

Frittelle_di_carnevale
Local Traditions

It is Carnival time...and what could be better than biting into a soft and tasty Venetian frittella? Frittella, ‘fritoea or fritola...

View

Venice: The legend of Melusina and the stone heart of Sotoportego dei Preti

Melusina
Mysteries & Legends

February: the feast of lovers is approaching and you are thinking of relishing magical experiences together with your better half in Ve...

View

Top posts

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View