My day job is as a medical publisher and one day, I was speaking with an author about a forthcoming trip to Venezia and she said “you have to go to Torcello! The island is beautiful and the Locanda Cipriani is amazing!” I laughed and assured her that I was, indeed, going to Torcello and actually staying at the Locanda AND hosting a party there to which she replied “of course you are! I think you know Italy better than I do and I’m Italian!”
The Locanda Cipriani is a charm like no other. https://www.locandacipriani.com/en/ The inn only has 5 rooms and each are on the first floor. And I honestly wouldn’t call them luxurious, but they are charming in a familial sort of way. And although you can hear the other guests coming and going, it’s only because of the old floor boards and closing doors: each room has a double door in order to help with a bit of privacy.
I am not one for eating at hotel restaurants but the restaurant at the Locanda is absolutely divine. I’m pretty sure there’s a menu but when I went there – twice – both times I said that I was vegetarian and the waiter kindly offered suggestions based on local produce that was purchased that day. And I will tell you, I often get nervous in the north of Italy as the food can be heavy – gnocchi with cream sauce and veg for instance – but the food here was not heavy. It was heavenly.
If you want to venture away from the Locanda, you really should go to Venissa (http://www.venissa.it/) on Burano. Be sure to check the vaporetto times, unless you have your own boat, because this is well away from Venezia and the frequency of boats aren’t that frequent.
The site is the island. It is not a large island, and not a lot of people live here, but during the day it is a day-tripper’s dream and a night it is calm oasis of nature sounds and the occasional lapping water along the canal sides.