photo by Kathleen Gonzalez
Torcello. I haven’t been there yet myself, but according to some of the things I’ve heard, Torcello is very close to the Venetian equivalent to a “ghost town”.
Someone told me
“everyone used to live there, now nobody does.”
By “used to” they meant back in the 11th Century or thereabouts.
This overly foliated island, which is now home to about twenty people was once the most populated place in the lagoon.
Now the place is all but deserted.
But there is an eye-catching bridge known as the “Ponte del Diavolo” which even by today’s masonry standards, is an impressive span.
This “del Diavolo” thing is something you’ll encounter in several places in Europe.
In English speaking places they are called “devil’s bridges”, and generally fall somewhere between “impressive” and “mind blowing” from an engineering standpoint.
Various takes on the name include stories of deals with the devil and ways the devil was tricked or outwitted (think “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” but with less fiddling and more bridgebuilding).
This bridge is on the route to the cathedral, so many people see it, and cross it. I think it’s more dramatic because of the absence of railing. Kathy does a great job of adding some perspective as well.