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From Rome: Venice by Train w/ Skip-the-Line to St. Mark's

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Join this tour for a perfect day in Venice from Rome by high-speed train. Marvel at St. Once in Venice, start with a water taxi transfer to Rialto. Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica, and explore the city on foot before ending your Venice tour.
About this activity
Duration 14.75 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Venice’s top sights in one day from Rome, including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and more
  • Sit back and relax with round trip transportation between Rome and Venice by high-speed train
  • Indulge in a private water taxi cruise through the Grand Canal from the train station to Rialto
  • Enjoy a comprehensive 7-hour experience in Venice
  • Have the right balance of guided tours and free time for individual exploration
Full description
If you are based in Rome for your holiday but don’t want to miss out on the true taste of Venice, this is the ideal tour for you! Nowhere else on the planet is quite like the floating city and the tour operator has organized the perfect day trip to Venice from Rome to offer you the chance to experience its full grandeur and mystique. By using the high-speed train, you will travel comfortably and swiftly to maximize your time in this iconic city on the water.

Upon arrival at the Venice train station, your tour operator representative will take you to the water for a panoramic cruise, for your transfer from the train station to Rialto, on board of a private water taxi. It’s through its waterways that the beauty of Venice really shines. The canals are much better suited to the water taxis used than the gondolas, and your boat allows you to move quickly and easily, without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel. On your exhilarating water taxi experience, cover part of the Grand Canal, getting yet another perspective of this fascinating city. At Rialto, meet your expert local guide, who will unveil the floating city’s most sought after sights, enjoying skip-the-line access to spectacular St. Mark’s Basilica, as well as special access to the Basilica’s terraces.

Start your discovery of Venice with a guided tour on foot: as you weave your way around the twisting back streets, cobbled courtyards and small arched bridges, your expert guide will regale you with tales from Venice’s colorful past. Discover why the city was built on a lagoon, how it came to be an important center of trade and what events conspired to end its domination over much of the Mediterranean.

Walk by Marco Polo’s house and hear about how the Venetian merchant set off to sea one day and returned with tales of faraway eastern lands that in those days, few had ever seen. Stroll across the church and palace-lined piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance and modern elements fuse together their timeless portraits of the city, and also glimpse the fabled Bridge of Sighs, said to be named after the sighing prisoners as they were escorted across the canal to the cells of the adjacent prison.

Breeze past the entry lines and head straight into St. Mark’s Basilica with your local expert guide, where you’ll uncover the diverse treasures inside, including the dazzling golden mosaics adorning its domed interior and ceilings. Having saved precious time with privileged access, you'll also manage to squeeze in a climb up to the famous terraces. Rarely included on guided tours, they offer beautiful views over St. Mark’s Square, which Napoleon fondly coined the “the finest drawing room in Europe” and the Venetian rooftops beyond.

After that, you will have about 3 hours to enjoy Venice independently. Your guide will offer local advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or you may want to sample the famous cicchetti: similar to tapas these are best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco. 

After your free time, you will be free to either take a vaporetto to come back to the train station (tickets are included) , or just walk . Then, board the speed train for your return to Rome.
  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Water taxi experience on the Grand Canal
  • High-speed train return ticket
  • 2-hrs guided tour with an English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 20 persons or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and beverages

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Meeting point

At Piazza dei Cinquecento, facing the main entrance of the Termini train station, the meeting point will be located on the far left just outside the entrance.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated. The same applies for strollers or baby carriages on this group tour
• Entrance to religious sites require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The local tour provider cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress
• Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica
• Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. Bringing a hat is recommended
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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 118099