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What To Expect
Our Best of Venice tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice or for those who want to get the main sights done and dusted early to leave time for exploring more off-the-beaten-track locations. This tour takes in all the highlights of Venice by foot - with a few less expected gems thrown into the mix. With Skip the Line access we cut out waiting time so you can spend more time exploring and less time queuing and allowing your dedicated guide to whisk you easily from one Venice highlight to the next.
It's at one of these highlights that we'll make our first stop. The Rialto Bridge is a favorite of many - a vast marble beauty that ran far beyond its budget, yet when the sunlight dances on its smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, it's worth every penny.
Our walking tour is a head-spinning journey past some of the best known sights of Venice along with some unassuming gems. We'll stop by Marco Polo's house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China and a world in the East that few had ever seen. We'll see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular architecture.
Just as we started with a pop we'll end our tour with a bang, visiting Piazza San Marco - the number one sight in Venice. We'll stand in front of the impressive Doge's Palace where Venice's famous lover and writer Casanova was held in an attic prison before he managed to escape.
Then it's on to the main event - the stunning Basilica San Marco. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. In a rare extended tour of the basilica you'll hear about how St. Mark's remains arrived here illegally and see all sorts of treasures, molded in this very city or plundered during the crusades. We'll visit the second level of the basilica for views over the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around piazza-side cafés.
Finally, we'll have a full guided tour of the Doge's Palace. Our tour of the palace visits all the best sights open to the public. Marvel over ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto to show Justice presenting herself to the Doge while you think of all the feet that have shuffled on the tiles you stand on - ambassadors waited nervously in this very spot for an audience with the Doge in the Hall of Four Doors. Then there's the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time - Virtues of the Republic in the Council Room was Veronese's rosy outlook on the state of his nation while The Triumph of Venice in the Senate Hall was where Tintoretto paid his dues on a high ceiling.
In the Chamber of the Council of Ten, as you marvel over Veronese's Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece. This unassuming slot was where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations - warranted or not - that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality.
Our last stop at the Doge's Palace is the Bridge of Sighs - so named for the prisoners that walked its length on their way to cells across the canal. As they took their last look at beautiful Venice they couldn't help but sigh.
Grand Canal - view from Rialto bridge
Marco Polo's house
Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
Campo SM Formosa
Bridge of Sighs
Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice
St. Mark's Basilica (Skip the Line)
Terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
Entrance Ticket to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
Skip the line Access and tickets to the Doge's Palace
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Infants up to 3 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.
St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and of St Mark's square will be conducted.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on our group tour.
It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points.
Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark's Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so.
Tours are conducted in groups no larger than 20 people.
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