An essential tour for the understanding of Venice and thanks to the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice you will enjoy privileged access avoiding the queues!
Walk through the Piazza San Marco with a qualified and experienced guide in order to learn Venetian history before the viewing of the main monuments in this area, including the Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Belltower, Clocktower, and Procuratie. You will admire Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (the “Pantheon” of Venice), the Great School of Charity before viewing Marco Polo’s house and the Malibran theatre. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and city’s main shopping street.
At the end of the walking tour, you will enjoy a ride by gondola (if you choose the option with the gondola ride) that will take you along the canals of Venice. Enjoy the cruise through the city’s most secluded waterways passing under small bridges and along part of the grand canal. During your pleasant ride, you will admire Desdemona’s house and Mozart’s house passing by the worldwide famous La Fenice theatre proceeding along the Rio (canal) “De le Ostreghe” leading into the most charming part of the grand canal, where you will admire the Peggy Guggenheim collection. When you reach the Salute church and Punta della Dogana you will enjoy a quick unique breathtaking view of S. Giorgio’s Island, Saint Mark’s with its Belltower and Doge’s palace.
After the gondola ride, you will visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a qualified and experienced guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, unique in Italy, you'll have the pleasure of admiring beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays in the floors, sitting comfortably while your guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient Basilica. Admire the Pala d'Oro, exquisite example of the Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.
After the visit of the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to visit a glass factory close to Saint Mark’s Square where you can see a glass craftsman at work. Please note this is free of charge optional tour of approximately 20 minutes and it is not a part of the tour.