Venice Waterbus Stops
is where Venice began: It's an island in the northern part of the Venetian
Lagoon, across from Mazzorbo and Burano, and at one time--more than 1,500 years
ago--it was the largest and most important settlement in the lagoon,
with a population of 20,000 or more.
(See the Torcello
page of our Venice Islands Tour
article, which tells how to reach the islands by public transportation.)
Today, only a handful of people live on Torcello, but
it's a fascinating place to visit. Attractions include the
Basilica of Santa
Maria Assunta (a cathedral dating back to 639 AD), the adjacent
Santa Fosca, and a Campanile or bell tower that offers fine views
of the island and the channels that wind through land and mudflats that are
submerged at high tide.
The Torcello waterbus station is served by:
ACTV Lines 9, 12, N
Line 9 is a shuttle boat from Burano,
with a travel time of only five minutes.
Line 12 is the renamed LN or "Lagoon
North" line, which runs from Venice's
Fondamente Nove station (pier A) to the commuter stations at
Punta Sabbioni and/or
Treporti with intermediate stops at
Mazzorbo, Torcello, and Burano.
Torcello has several restaurants that
are open during the warmer months, including the much-celebrated
Locanda Cipriani, which is also a luxurious inn with five rooms.
Another place to stay is the
Executive Suite Venezia, a vacation apartment with a restaurant,
bar, and children's playground on the premises.
does not have a ticket booth or vending machine, so
here's what to do if you need to board a
water bus without a valid ACTV ticket or
Tourist Travel Card.
Index of Venice ACTV and Alilaguna waterbus stops