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  2. Tuscany
  3. Florence
  4. Piazza San Marco

From Florence: Venice by Train & Skip-the-Line to St. Mark's

Product ID: 118105
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Join this tour for a perfect day in Venice from Florence by high-speed train. Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica, from its onion-shaped domes to its dazzling mosaics, then climb up to the terraces for a rare bird’s-eye view of St. Mark’s Square.
About this activity
Duration 11.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a comprehensive Venice experience with 7 full hours in the city
  • Travel by smart and comfortable round trip transportation by high-speed train
  • Indulge in a private water taxi cruise through the Grand Canal from Rialto to the train station (groups limited to 10 persons)
  • Benefit from the skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and enjoy views of the city from above with special access to its famous terraces
Full description
If you are based in Florence 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 we have organized the perfect day in Venice from Florence, to offer you the chance to experience its full grandeur and mystique. Traveling by high-speed train, you will get there comfortably and efficiently, maximizing your time in this iconic city.

Upon arrival at the Venice train station, your City Wonders representative will take you to the water for a panoramic cruise, for our 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 we use than the gondolas, and our boat allows us to move quickly and easily, without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel. On our exhilarating water taxi experience, we cover part of the Grand Canal, getting yet another perspective of this fascinating city. At Rialto you will 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.

You’ll 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. You’ll 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.

You’ll 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. You’ll 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.

After marveling at the elegance of St. Mark’s Square, which Napoleon fondly described as the “finest drawing room in all of Europe”, we’ll breeze past the entry lines and head straight into St. Mark’s Basilica. Together with your guide, you’ll uncover the diverse treasures inside the basilica, including the dazzling gold-laden mosaics that adorn its domed interior and ceilings. Having saved ourselves precious time with our privileged Skip-the-Line Access, we’ll also manage to squeeze in a climb up to the famous terraces of St. Mark’s. Rarely included on guided tours, these terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza and the 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, we board our speed train for our return to Florence.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Water taxi experience on the Grand Canal
  • Small groups of 20 persons or fewer
  • High-speed train return ticket
  • 2-hrs guided tour with an English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At Piazza dell'Unità Italiana, next to the Obelisk.

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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, sunscreen and a bottle of water are recommended
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.0 / 5
based on 2 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.3/5
Organization
4.0/5
Value for money
3.7/5
Safety
4.0/5

Organized by

City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 118105