VENICE FOR BEGINNERS, A SHARED TOUR. MAX 8 PEOPLE
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Rialto Bridge, Venice
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR
ST MARK’S SQUARE,
ST MARK’S BASILICA (with priority entrance),
A WALK BACKSTAGE,
THE RIALTO BRIDGE.
With a complete historical introduction to Venice.
The tour operates:
MONDAYS & THURSDAYS FROM 2.30 UNTIL 5.00 PM – FROM MAY 1ST UNTIL OCTOBER 31ST
Meeting point and meeting time:
2.30 pm – St. Mark’s Square, by the exit of the
Doges’ Palace (see picture below)
Duration: 2 and a half hours
Cost: Euro 60 per person (minimum booking 2 people)
Number of participants: maximum 8 people
Dress code and advice :
No shorts (knee high are fine) – no sleeveless (short sleeves ok).
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 surroundings.