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Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

1. Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Meet your expert guide at St. Mark’s Square and start delving into the origins of Venice. See the most renowned public space in the city and find out its historical, social, and political importance. Learn about the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions. Continue to the Basilica of St.Mark and enter the cathedral with pre-reserved tickets. Savor its amazing sheer size and the fascinating golden mosaics. Learn about its opulent design and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Bask in all the exotic elements of Venetian Renaissance Art. Listen to the story of the life-size horses of St Mark’s Basilica, and have all your questions answered. Follow your guide through Doge’s Palace at a relaxed pace. Acquaint yourself with the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges in the palace’s Gothic architecture. Learn about the 14th-century sculptors that worked on the palace. Enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark. Continue to the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built, and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice. Listen to the extraordinary story of the famous Casanova and his life in Venice. Choose a small group with local tour guides to tell you the stories behind these top attractions. Meanwhile, pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

2. Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

Take part in this small-group tour of Venice to see the best tourist spots and hidden gems. See the Bell Tower and Clock Tower, St. Mark's Square, and get an in-depth tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Start your tour by strolling through St. Mark’s Square, equipped with complimentary headphones so that you can follow every word of your local guide. Listen as your guide discusses the major monuments including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower. Head into St. Marks Basilica for a special tour. Walk through the famous church as your guide describes the history of the church and shows you the intricate mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Afterward, leave St. Mark's Square behind to admire a very different Venice. Visit Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Paradiso, Castello district, and areas known only to the locals.  Explore a world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, and hidden architectural gems.  Hear stories about the Venetians who created this city from nothing.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

3. 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: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

4. Venice: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

With its awe-inspiring array of domes, arches and turrets, there is no mistaking St. Mark’s basilica. Dominating the piazza of the same name, St. Mark’s stands at the very epicentre of the city. And it looks even more spectacular at night. On our night tour of St. Mark’s, you’ll meet your guide in beautiful St. Mark’s Square, for centuries the spiritual and political centre of Venice - the Doge’s palace also stands silent watch over the piazza. To start our tour, your guide will explain the significance of the square to the history and geography of the city - for good reason Napoleon described the Piazza as the ‘drawing room of Europe,’ and the elegant cafes that line the square, including Caffe Quadri and famous Caffe Florian, have lost none of their old-world charm. During our time in the piazza we’ll learn about some of the other highlights on show here, including the stunning Torre dell’Orologio - a Renaissance clock tower decorated with fabulous sculptures, as well as St. Mark’s Campanile, the soaring 12th-century brick bell tower that is still the tallest building in Venice.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

5. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

6. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

7. Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Belltower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way. You'll be escorted by your private guide during a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. Discover the hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo’s house, and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “Calle”, to encounter hidden away treasures. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 

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Very great experience! The tour guide is knowledgeable and willing to share. Really happy that he took us to the larger canals outside of main island so that we could see the sunset horizon of Venice. One of the best sunsets I have seen! The drinks were very good too.

Guide was well versed on the places we toured. Spoke good English and had a sense of humour. We had a group of 9 which was great. Highly recommend. I'm pushing 80, there is a lot of stairs and walking, but I manage0

Our Guide had a great personality, and managed to navigate our group through the large crowds that were passing through the various sites, seamlessly. She was also very knowledgeable, and happy to answer questions.

So fun to skip lines and Sylvia was very knowledgeable and quick! Learned so much and enjoyed every minute!

Claire was a knowledgeable and energetic tour guide. Would recommend the tour to other travelers.