THE VENICE GRAND TOUR, A SHARED TOUR – MAX 8 PEOPLE
PALAZZO DUCALE SMALL 2
Giudecca da S.Giorgio
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LAGOON DA WATERTAXI
Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Venice.
Everyday life in one of the most beautiful squares in Venice, Italy.
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THE VENICE GRAND TOUR, A SHARED TOUR
ST MARK’S SQUARE, ST MARK’S BASILICA (with priority entrance),
PRIVATE WATERTAXI RIDE ALONG GRAND CANAL & MINOR WATERWAYS
MURANO GLASS FACTORY (we’ll see the real production)
THE RIALTO BRIDGE AND MARKET
WITH A COMPLETE HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO VENICE
THIS TOUR RUNS EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 9.30 AM TO 1.00 PM FROM MAY 1ST THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST
MEETING POINT : AT THE EXIT OF THE DOGES’PALACE (ST MARK’S SQUARE)
COST OF THIS TOUR: 135 EURO PER PERSON
MINIMUM BOOKING : 2 PEOPLE
DRESS CODE : NO SHORTS – NO SLEEVELESS TO ENTER THE BASILICA
(knee high and short sleeves are fine)
This tour will start with St Mark’s Square, the former political centre of the Venetian Republic, and will take you into St. Mark’s Basilica, a 900 year old marvel of architecture, unique in Italy for its Byzantine and Medieval mosaics, its intricate stone and marble traceries and exuberant oriental domes.
(Our guide will be armed with a special pass, so you will skip the line to get in !)
Our guide will describe all the famous architectures (the Doges’ Palace, Sansovino Library, the Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower…) and will provide a good historical introduction to the city: its genesis, maximum expansion and decline, through the course of time, spanning from the 9th to the 19th century !
After that, away from the crowds, we take a walk “backstage” to discover the unique layout of the city: bridges, fancy private palaces, narrow alleyways, large and small squares, elaborate stone well heads
You’ll learn how to get oriented in this maze like city, how it feels living in a place like this, and how today’s administrators deal with the maintenance of this fragile heritage, facing year after year the risks of massive and unsustainable tourism!
We’ll end our visit in the busy central area of Rialto, defined by historians “the Wall Street of Europe in the Middle Ages” to see the bridge – with a spectacular view on the Grand Canal – and its famous fish, fruit and vegetable market.