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Private Venice Walking Tour

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From: $54.44

tour duration

2 Hours

start time

09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

02:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

St Mark’s Square or your hotel if located St Mark area, more details at booking

Tour
Itinerary
Tour
Inclusions
Tour
Information

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a two hour walking tour of Venice. The city’s harmonious blend of Eastern and Western artistic styles will be the spectacular frame for this tour dedicated to Venice’s glorious past. The slow pace will allow you to discover and enjoy the most important monuments of this once powerful maritime republic.

You will begin with the Doge’s Palace, a palace built with rose and pink marble to house the Doge and the government of the Republic of Venice. The interior is richly decorated with artworks from several famous Renaissance artists such as Veronese, Tintoretto and Titian. From the Doge’s Palace you will see the famous Bridge of Sighs, which links the palace to the prisons to more easily transfer prisoners. Due to its beauty, the bridge is now considered one of the most romantic sights in Venice.

Your tour will then take you to visit the Basilica di San Marco, often referred to as the Golden Cathedral because of the five Byzantine domes that crown it. The Basilica was originally built in 832, then rebuilt in 978 following a fire, however the one we admire today was actually consecrated in 1094. Boasting rich decorations inside and out, the cathedral also contains the mummy of Saint Mark, whose bones were stolen from Egypt by two Venetian merchants.

You will conclude your tour in the impressive Piazza San Marco, symbol of Venice and one of the most famous squares in the world. Bask in its grandeur and admire the buildings, made in different architectural styles, which surround it. From here, you are free to continue exploring Venice on your own.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal

– Skip the line – reservation and entrance fees at Doge’s Palace

– Skip the line  – reservation at St Mark’s Basilica

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– St Mark’s Square

– Doge’s Palace

– Bridge of Sighs

– Prisons

– St Mark’s Basilica

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced at St. Mark’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:
St Mark’s Square

Duration:
2 hours

Return details:
Concludes St. Mark’s Basilica

Private Venice Walking and Boat Tour

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From: $109.97

 

TOUR DURATION

3 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM –

02:00 pm

mon, TUe, Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

st. mark’s square or your hotel if located in st. mark area, more details at booking

Tour
Itinerary
Tour
Inclusions
Tour
Information

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Your guide will meet you in the spectacular St. Mark square or at your hotel, if located in the St. Mark’s area, for a three hour tour of Venice. Your journey features a two hour walking tour of this stunning city combined with a one hour boat tour of Venice’s canals.

The city’s harmonious blend of Eastern and Western artistic styles will be the spectacular frame for this tour dedicated to Venice’s glorious past. The slow pace will allow you to discover and enjoy the most important monuments of this once powerful maritime republic.

Your tour will begin with the Doge’s Palace, a palace built with rose and pink marble during the 4th century to house the Doge and the government of the Republic of Venice. The interior is richly decorated with artworks from several famous Renaissance artists such as Veronese, Tintoretto and Titian. From the Doge’s Palace you will see the famous Bridge of Sighs, which links the palace to the prisons to more easily transfer prisoners. Due to its beauty, the bridge is now considered one of the most romantic sights in Venice.

Your tour will then take you to visit the Basilica di San Marco, often referred to as the Golden Cathedral because of the five Byzantine domes that crown it. The Basilica was originally built in 832, then rebuilt in 978 following a fire, however the one we admire today was actually consecrated in 1094. Boasting rich decorations inside and out, the cathedral also contains the mummy of Saint Mark, whose bones were stolen from Egypt by two Venetian merchants.

Next you will explore the impressive Piazza San Marco, symbol of Venice and one of the most famous squares in the world. Bask in its grandeur and admire the buildings, made in different architectural styles, which surround it.

The tour continues with a private boat tour of the most picturesque side canals of Venice. Gliding through Venice’s minor canals, you’ll be introduced to the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses lining the city’s liquid streets. Your luxurious motor launch boat tour brings the magic of Venice alive.

After your tour you are free to continue exploring Venice on your own.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal (3 hours)

– Doge’s Palace entrance fees and reservation (skip the line)

– St. Mark’s Basilica reservation (skip the line)

– One hour boat tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Doge’s Palace

– Visit of St. Mark’s Basilica

– Bridge of Sighs

– St. Mark’s square

– Side Canals

– Prison

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced at St. Mark’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

– The tour is not fully accessible for wheelchairs or people with walking disabilities.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation if located in the St. Mark’s area or in St. Mark’s square, more detail at booking

Duration:
3 hours

Return details:
St. Mark square

Bridge of Sighs

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Venice - Bridge of Sighs - day view

Il Ponte dei Sospiri (“the Bridge of Sighs”) is one of the smallest and most famous bridges in the world, its mere 11 meters linking the courthouse to the jail. The bridge gets its name from the prisoners who were going to the courthouse or coming back to the jail –although prisoners were often convicted to death and would yell more than sigh. Stretching over the canal called Rio de Palazzo, it was built in 1600 out of white limestone.

The bridge is composed of two different corridors, one for prisoners coming to the courthouse and the second for those returning to jail. The corridors were convenient since they made it possible to move two different prisoners at the same time without allowing them to talk to each other. The bridge is completely closed so as to prevent the prisoners from jumping into the canal and escaping. At the same time, it prevented people from seeing prisoners being brought into the courthouse.

Things to see

As the years passed, the Bridge became one of the main attractions in Venice. It is now considered as a romantic bridge that people, particularly lovers, come to photographs. One of the ideas about why the bridge became a romantic place to see comes from a poem of Lord Byron in which he mentioned it. The poem is a song which comes from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and is named Canto the Fourth. It starts as following: “I stood in Venice, on the “Bridge of Sighs;” A Palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise”.

Doge’s Palace

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A long time ago, Venetians built a castle to house their government and all their leaders in a single place. The first Doge’s Palace was a medieval castle composed of the Doge’s apartments, the government of the Republic of Venice, the courthouse and a jail. As time passed, the castle became too small for the government and finally it was destroyed by a fire. The Palace was rebuilt in pink marble between the 4th and 5th centuries, though it was made more spacious so as to contain a room for the Great Council. Over the years, several other fires partially destroyed the palace and many renovations and extensions were made, giving it the aspect it has today.

The Doge’s Palace has a very particular and fascinating structure, in that it was built differently from the other buildings in Venice: instead of having a strong base, its architects decided to put a first level made of galleries and thin arcades. Shockingly, the whole building stands on this elegant first level.

Things to see

The interiors of the Doge’s Palace were decorated by several famous Renaissance artists such as Veronese, Tintoretto and Titian. Tintoretto is the creator of “The Paradise” in the Great Council room. This giant canvas is considered one of the biggest masterpieces in the world, reaching nearly 25 meters in length.

Due to its location, each of the four sides of the Palace faces an interesting part of Venice. One side faces Saint Mark’s Square and where the courthouse once stood while another faces the lagoon and the Grand Canal. The view that the latter side offers was reserved for the government. The third side faces the canal called Rio de la Canonica, where the Bridge of Sighs can be admired.  This side is where the Doge had his apartments. The last side shares a wall in common with Saint Mark’s Basilica.

For several centuries, the Doge’s Palace was the only building in Venice allowed to be called “Palace”. The others palaces had to name themselves Ca’ which was the short form for “casa”, meaning “house” in Italian.

St Mark Square

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The Piazza San Marco is one of the most famous squares in the world. The elegant space has been used for the political, religious and commercial life of Venice for hundreds of years.

The square is composed of several buildings with different types of architecture, all of them boasting a rich past. First is the Basilica of Saint Mark, built in the Byzantine style in 828 to contain the mummy of Saint Mark. This basilica is a good example of the connections that existed between Venice and Constantinople. Next to the basilica is Saint Mark’s Campanile, one of the most symbolic monuments of Venice, its recognizable shape visible from quite a distance away. This huge tower of 96 meters collapsed in 1902 but was rebuilt exactly as it was. It is possible to reach its summit and enjoy a breathtaking view over the Piazza San Marco and the rest of Venice.

Near the entrance of the campanile is the Logetta, made by Sansovini in 1540. It was first a meeting room for the Venetian aristocracy then later became a room for the guards of the Doges’ Palace. The clock tower is an interesting early Renaissance building worth admiring while exploring the square.

Things to see

The Palazzo Ducale, facing both the piazzetta and the water, is a symbol of the power the Republic of Venice once held. It was the political center of the Doge as well as his living quarters. Interestingly, the Doge’s Palace is full of secret passages which allowed people to go between several bedrooms and offices.

The columns of San Marco and San Todaro on the quay frame the main entrance into the square for people coming from the sea. The two columns of granite were brought from Constantinople in 1172. The column of San Todaro honors the homonym figure, who was the first patron saint of Venice before the body of Saint Mark was stolen from Egypt by two Venetian merchants and brought to the city in the 9th century. These columns were once the place where people were executed; to this day, some Venetians refuse to walk between the two columns as they believe it would bring bad luck

Venice

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Venice, sometimes referred to as the “Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia”, has always been a fascinating city. In fact, it is considered one of the most fabulous cities in the world, looking like no other with its canals and colored palaces built on the water. Its carnival in February is, of course, something not to be missed: each year the city maintains this traditional carnival that originates from the Middle Ages and during which people compete with the most beautiful of costumes and masks.

The original population came to Venice in the early 5th century in order to escape from the invading barbarians. Many refugees escaped the mainland and increased the preexisting population of fishermen, turning Venice into a thriving trade city. During the decline of the Roman Empire, Venice became the property of Byzantium. The first person to uphold the traditional role of Doge was Paolo Lucio Anafesto, nominated in 697, but he was considered more of a Byzantine official. It was not until 727 that a real Doge, Orso Ipato, was elected. The decline of Venice started during the Renaissance period when the rival city of Genoa became more powerful thanks to the discovery of the North America. In 1797, the territories of Venice were shared between Austria and France then in 1866, Venice joined the Italian Unification, leading it to where it is now.

Things to see

Venice is composed of six different districts: Cannaregio, San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro and San Polo. The city is built on more than 100 hundred islets made of mud, with more than 400 bridges to allow people a cross the different canals that run through the city. The three most famous Venetian bridges are: the Accademia Bridge, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.

Nowadays, Venice attracts thousands of tourists each year and organizes many events and festivals such as the International Architecture Exhibition between June and September, the Carnival of Venice in February, or the International Venice Film Festival in September. Unfortunately, the fate of this legendary city is in great question: many plans have been made to save it from the rising waters and pollution but its future is still uncertain.