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Byzantine Venice: Historical Tour and the Golden Basilica

Product ID: 221625
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Discover the Venetian byzantine art with a morning walking tour of St. Mark’s Square and the main highlights of the city, then enter in the marvelous Basilica of St. Mark, known as the Golden cathedral.
About this activity
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Mobile ticketing
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian

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  • Walk through the heart of the city
  • Be guided through history with some anecdotes by a local from this wonderful city
  • Discover the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mark and its Pala d’Oro
  • Experience the historical soul of Venice
Full description
Discover the real soul of Venice admiring one of the most famous squares in the world: San Marco. Your guide will narrate the endless history of the monuments at the Doge’s Palace, Clock Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Go through the labyrinth of Calli and Campi, the narrow Venetian streets and squares. Find some hidden artistic jewels as Santa Maria Formosa Square or the imposing SS. Giovanni and Paolo Church with a spectacular façade, which is known as the Pantheon of Venice. Climb to the Rialto Bridge: the center of the commercial market of Europe.

Later, start the fascinating guided tour through the Cathedral of St. Mark, known as the Golden Basilica. The building itself is famous for the fact that its incredible mosaics consist only of gold. You will skip the long line and enter in the majestic church accompanied by an expert guide who will explain everything around you. You will be stunned in front of the five-domes decorated by renowned artists, and you can admire the “Pala D’Oro”, a breathtaking altarpiece composed by gems, diamonds and of course, by gold. Your guide will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. You can listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of the many biblical scenes painted in the church.

This tour also includes an audio guide for further self-guided exploration of Venice with digital maps to discover the 5 districts of Venice and their best attractions and squares. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenal, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the discover hidden gems and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.
  • Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
  • Skip-the-line: The Basilica and Pala D’Oro guided tour
  • Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). An assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Customers are advised not to go to the Bell Tower.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party
• This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
• Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
• For the audio guide, you must have a smart phone
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From US$ 84.86 US$ 67.89 per person

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Product ID: 221625