On the peaceful island of Torcello in Venice’s northern lagoon, this simply furnished six-room inn, which opened in 1935, is known for its restaurant and the many literary and cultural celebrities who have visited over the years (for instance, Ernest Hemingway stayed here while writing his book “Across the River and Through the Trees”). To truly get away from it all, but still sail to Venice or the other lagoon islands when the mood strikes, this could be your place.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It’s pretty quiet on the island, so if you’d rather be amongst the hustle and bustle, you’re better off staying in Venice proper.
The three single rooms, two junior suites, and one suite have vaulted ceilings, antique wood furniture, and libraries of books instead of TVs along with comfy chairs, where guests are encouraged to relax and read.
Simple bathrooms are lined in mosaic tiles and come with either a shower or a tub/shower combo.
The cozy lounge-bar has a rustic fireplace where guests can hang out, or they can relax with a walk in the lovely gardens.
Locanda Cipriani’s namesake restaurant, run by the same family who owns Venice’s Harry Bar, is world-famous for both its setting and its traditional Venetian cuisine. Diners can eat either outside in the pretty gardens or inside with terracotta brick walls and beamed ceilings.
Don’t miss the restaurant’s signature Sampietro ‘alla Carlina’—John Dory fish and scampi with butter and capers.
Take vaporetto line 12 from Venice’s Fondamenta Nuove stop to reach Torcello in about an hour, or vaporetto line 9 takes you to Torcello from Murano or Burano.
Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo (1-minute walk) has an extensive menu and a pretty garden setting. Ristorante Villa 600 (1-minute walk) serves up Slow Food dishes, including local fish and herbs grown in their gardens, and you can take lunch on their lovely terrace. Ristorante al Trono di Attila (2-minute walk) offers tables facing the water and tasty seafood dishes.
Since Torcello is tiny, the only places to drink are in the restaurants, so go get an Aperol Spritz in whichever strikes your fancy.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though it’s a bit simple and rustic, Locanda Cipriani has tons of history and a peaceful setting—and if you’ve already “done” Venice, staying out on an island can be a totally different experience. Plus being able to eat dinner in the famous restaurant without having to sail back to Venice is a super-relaxing way to do it.