San Giorgio Maggiore

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San Giorgio Maggiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

1. 2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

Cruise past all of Venice’s most spectacular basilicas and palaces and under its historic bridges on this 2-hour tour package. Take in sights such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Cemetery of San Michele, the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, the Accademia Bridge, the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, the Madonna dell’Orto Church, and the Salute Church. As you pass by these iconic sites your guide will provide commentary about the unique maritime history of this amazing city. Next you’ll head off the traditional route and stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where you’ll have postcard-picture views of St. Mark’s Square. After visiting the interior of the stunning Basilica you’ll have the option of climbing the Bell Tower (or taking the elevator). From the top of the Tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up an incredible vista of the city that stretches away from you. This tour is all about seeing Venice the from water level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of no more than 9 people and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, discovering the wonders of the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

2. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

3. Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

Dive into Dorsoduro, Venice's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out local points of interest such as Palazzo Zenobio degli Armeni and San Giorgio Island. Admire local street ar and spot some hidden architectural gems. See and learn about the lesser-known areas of Venice. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Venice: Vatican Chapels, Borges Labyrinth and Teatro Verde

4. Venice: Vatican Chapels, Borges Labyrinth and Teatro Verde

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of 2 of the island's most breathtaking landmarks, the Vatican Chapels and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get kitted out with your audioguide before heading to your first stop, the Borges Labyrinth. Here, enter the surreal world of writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path, made with 3200 boxwood plants, and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols with the help of your audioguide. Next, stroll through the woods of the Vatican Chapels and admire the architecture of 10 chapels designed by internationally-renowned architects. Listen to original music composed by Antonio Fresa as you soak up the atmosphere of the location. Finish the visit with the tour of the Teatro Verde, the most beautiful theater in the world, as actress Katharine Hepburn defined it in the 1950s. Built starting in 1952 on a project by the architects Luigi Vietti and Angelo Scattolin, it is an amphitheater with steps of white Vicenza stone interspersed with boxwood backs. Building this theater was a huge undertaking, which required six hundred and forty working days and one hundred and sixty-six workers at work every day. The construction of the grandiose stage which covers an area of 1,400 square meters was very difficult. The orchestra pit could accommodate up to 150 performers.

Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth Visit

5. Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth Visit

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of the home of the Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get kitted out with your audioguide before heading to the monumental complex of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Start your visit at Palladio's Refectory where you can admire Paolo Veronese’s Wedding at Cana facsimile, the photography room, and the Longhena staircase. Continue to the former Benedictine Monastery and see how the building has been transformed and restored to its former beauty. Finally, head to the Borges Labyrinth. Here, enter the surreal world of writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path, made with 3200 boxwood plants, and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols with the help of your audioguide.

Venice: Cini Foundation-Borges Labyrinth-Teatro Verde

6. Venice: Cini Foundation-Borges Labyrinth-Teatro Verde

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of 3 of the island's most breathtaking landmarks, the Giorgio Cini Foundation, the Vatican Chapels, and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get your audio guide and headphones. Head to the Giorgio Cini Foundation to see a facsimile of Paolo Veronese’s Wedding at Cana in Palladio's Refectory, the photography room, the elegant Longhena staircase and the restored former Benedictine Monastery. Next, discover the Teatro Verde, the most beautiful theater in the world, as actress Katharine Hepburn defined it in the 1950s. It is an amphitheater with steps of white Vicenza stone interspersed with boxwood backs. Building this theater was a huge undertaking, which required six hundred and forty working days and one hundred and sixty-six workers at work every day. The construction of the grandiose stage which covers an area of 1,400 square meters was very difficult. The orchestra pit could accommodate up to 150 performers. Finally, head to Borges Labyrinth to enter the surreal world of the writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path made from 3200 boxwood plants and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols.

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What people are saying about San Giorgio Maggiore

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 157 reviews

Everyone in our group of 6 English language tourists (there were some German language tourists on the tour also) thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Valerio, our guide, took us around areas that areas that we would have never found on our own and he told us a lot about the history of the areas. He was very friendly and willing to answer questions and provide restaurant and gelateria recommendations If you are interested in seeing and learning more about Venice than what you see in the touristy pictures, you can’t go wrong with this tour.

Marzia was an wonderful guide with tons of stories and facts about Venezia, its residents and story. We visited the Dorsoduro neighborhood and it was worth the money (if you are interested by real resident's life). We were so lucky to be able to view the inside of an old Church closed since many years. I strongly recommend.

Our Guide, Marzia, was passionate and exciting. We visited a neighborhood that is truly tourist-free, of rare beauty. And thanks to Marzia we learned a lot not only about the places of the visit but also about all of Venice and its history. We are really delighted with this experience!

Wonderful tour to all the main sites and places off the beaten track. Alessandro very knowledgeable and couldn't do enough for you

Very informative and a beautiful way to see the city. Alessandro was an excellent guide!