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The Island of Torcello

The tiny island of Torcello is located in North Lagoon, Venice and was where originally the city of Venice was formed some 1,500 years ago. Many people used to live there, but nowadays there are only 12 residents who make their living with tourism. Visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, which dates from 639 AD and has a bell tower which offers visitors an amazing view of the area and beyond.