VENICE REVEALED, ON FOOT & BY BOAT
Venice, St Mark
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Rialto Bridge, Venice
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ON FOOT & BY BOAT
Highlights of this tour:
St Mark’s Basilica (with priority access)
Grand Canal & minor waterways tour on a private water-taxi
Walk into the Venetians’ Venice
Rialto bridge and surrounding market area
This tour consists of three different stages, allowing you to have a general overview in just three hours.
First part will focus on St Mark’s Square with a brief visit to the Basilica’s interior. Second section will be a canal navigation on a private launch. The third leg involves walking in a lesser known part of Venice (Dorsoduro or Cannaregio) and learning more about the city. We normally end either by the Rialto Bridge or back in St Mark’s Square.
Our guide will comment all the Square’s famous buildings: Doges’ Palace, Marciana Library, the two Procuratie, Clock Tower, Bell Tower, Bridge of Sighs and Prisons. At the same time will frame them into the political and historical context.
Venice was a rich autonomous Republic for many centuries, both the State and private patrons invested in magnificent constructions. The architectural styles range from Byzantine to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical. There’s practically no room for new constructions and the city is protected by UNESCO.
After the introduction you’ll head to St Mark’s Basilica (skipping the line, from April 1st through October 31st) to admire its mosaics and marbles, heritage of the early centuries of political and commercial contacts with Constantinople and the Middle East.
After a stop to enjoy the spectacular waterscape, starring St George’s Island, the Giudecca Island and the Salute Church, we’ll board our private water-taxi for a tour along its canals – Venice counts 150 of them, and we can consider them the actual ‘streets’.
We’ll navigate along the monumental Grand Canal, where the houses of the rich and powerful span from the 13th to the 19th centuries, but we’ll also savor the more intimate ambiance of the hidden waterways. Hard to say whether Venice looks more enchanting seen from a boat or on foot…And you’ll discover the hidden gardens.
Our boat driver will drop us in a totally different area of town, that could be Dorsoduro, or San Polo, or Cannaregio. The city has been described as an open-air museum, as there are no new buildings, cars or scooters, and the impression of walking into history is extremely strong!
Apart from the main must-sees and the fashionable shopping areas, that are busy most of the time, Venice is quiet, silent and timelessly beautiful. Every corner is a surprise, and can be paradise for photographers.
Heading into the heart of town we’ll find ourselves at the foot of the Rialto Bridge – Venice’s great commercial hub, a massive bridge right at the center of the Grand Canal. Shops are everywhere, but it must have always looked like that! People from all over the world, today like in the past centuries. Venice was always proudly cosmopolitan!
Our tour will end here, in the bustling heart of Venice, or, if you prefer, just few minutes away, in St Mark’s Square.
We warmly recommend you stay in Venice at least for three days, but if you decide to visit for a week or longer you’ll certainly won’t be bored! And the more you stay, the more you’ll feel like coming back, again and again…