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Private Secret Venice Tour
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Rialto bridge, more details at booking
Your guide will meet you at the outstanding Rialto Bridge for your Private Secrete Venice Tour. Your journey features a two hour walking tour of the beautiful San Polo Sestriere.
Your tour will start immediately: beginning your visit from the stunning Rialto Bridge is a perfect way to understand what Venice can offer you! The original bridge was built in wood and it was destroyed many times before the actual stone one was erected at the end of the 16th century. Today this is the emblem of Venice!
From the Rialto Bridge you will straightaway reach the Rialto area famous for its ancient market established in 1097. The market was very popular and for centuries it contributed to the wealth and growth of Venice. A terrible fire destroyed the area during the 16th century, luckily the beautiful Church of San Giacomo di Rialto survived and today it is a perfect example of the splendor of this quarter. Your guide will walk you through the beautiful little streets of the Rialto until you will reach the heart of the stunning San Polo Sestriere. Here your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of one of the oldest Venice’s districts.
Your next stop will be the Chiesa dei Frari, one of the most famous churches of the lagoon and a unique example of Italian Gothic Style. This Franciscan Church has a simple exterior made of brick to remind to the visitors the austerity of the Order. However the inside of the church will offer you many stunning pieces of art like two paintings by the Renaissance master Titian or the first Donatello’s Venetian work.
From here you will be free to continue to explore on your own this wonderful city!
– Expert local guide at disposal (2 hours)
– Chiesa dei Frari entrance fees
– Visit of Chiesa dei Frari
– Rialto Bridge
– San Polo Sestriere
– Rialto Market
– Church of San Giacomo di Rialto
– 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 in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.
– The tour is not fully accessible for wheelchairs or people with walking disabilities.
Chiesa dei Frari
Rialto – Venice
The Rialto is part of the San Polo Sestriere famous for its market and the Rialto Bridge. The area was the first inhabited one of what it will became the city of Venice. The banks of the canals were higher than in other parts of the lagoon so it was easier to settle here. At the beginning of the 9th century after Pepin the Short tried to invade the lagoon the government was moved from Malamocco in Rialto; the area was considered a safer place. When the power was transferred to the Doge’s Palace Rialto became the commercial center of Venice. In 1097 the market was moved here and the area grew in importance. Many warehouses were built, shops and banks too. The market was very popular for the spice trade, until the Spanish and Portuguese opened the route to the Americas it contributed to the wealth and growth of the Serenissima. Its decline coincided with the one of the city.
At the beginning of the 16th century a devastating fire destroyed almost all the edifices of the Rialto zone; among the important buildings only the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto survived.
Today this is one of the most famous area of Venice. Every year thousands of tourists explore its narrow streets, enjoyed the many shops and of course photograph the unique Rialto Bridge; the views from this bridge are among the most photographed in the entire worlds.
However in Rialto is still possible to have a taste of the real Venetian life. Trying one of its characteristic Osterie is in fact a unique experience. These place have maintained their original atmosphere; sitting in one of their little tables visitors stay next to real Venetians. Order a glass of local wine and some cicchetti (small snacks) and embrace the life of this charming city!
Chiesa dei Frari – Venice
The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, known simply as Chiesa dei Frari, is one of the most important churches of Venice. It is located in the central San Polo district and it is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.
When the Franciscan friars arrived in Venice at the beginning of the 13th century they occupied an abandoned Benedictine Abbey. After a decade Doge Jacopo Tiepolo donated them the land and they started to build a church. Half century later the church was completely remodeled and almost doubled in size. The construction was extremely slow and it took more than a century to be completed. The church’s campanile is the second tallest in Venice after the St. Mark’s one.
The exterior of the Chiesa dei Friari is made of bricks, its simplicity wants to remind to the visitors the austerity of the Franciscan’s Order. The church is one of the most beautiful example of Italian Gothic Style.
Things to see
The interior of the church offers to the visitors many stunning pieces of art. A perfect example is the Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro a splendid painting by the Renaissance genius Titian. The master paint also the Assumption of Mary for the main altar. However this painting was initially criticized because too innovative; only later its beauty was finally understood and its pioneering style made Titian famous. The artist was buried in the church.
In the church it is also possible to admire the stunning Madonna with Child and Saints by Giovanni Bellini and the first Donatello’s Venetian work John the Baptist.