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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice

Venice: An Ancient Stroll around Venetian Canals

Product ID: 129792
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Walk through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice through the millennium of the life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed voucher required
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Have a stroll around the most fascinating city in the world
  • Board a gondola for a tour along the Grand Canal and minor canals
  • Admire the golden treasures of St. Mark's Basilica
Full description
Walk through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice through the millennium of the life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm on an essential tour to understand Venice. Visit Piazza San Marco and learn about its origins, history and the description of the main monuments such as Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Explore Santa Maria Formosa Square and hear about the history and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Then head to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the "Doge’s Pantheon," the Great School of Charity, the Captains of Fortune and Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre. See how the past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco Square through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping. 

Board a gondola for a tour along the Grand Canal and minor canals followed by a guided tour of the area between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, passing by Teatro la Fenice, Scala del Bovolo, Rialto Bridge to get to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. Enjoy a visit of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy. Have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while the guide shows you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of 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. At the end, an optional visit to a Glass Furnace for a touch of the Venetian greatest art.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line ticket for the basilica and audio receiver devices
  • Professional guide
  • Shared gondola tour
  • Walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Under the Clock Tower at 08:45.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Adult pricing applies to all travelers
• Proper clothing (no shorts or tank tops) is required while visiting the basilica
• For security reasons, backpacks are not allowed
• This tour does not operate on Sundays and other religious holidays on 01/11/2017, 08/12/2017, 25/12/2017, 01/01/2018 and 06/01/2018
• The tour will not be guaranteed in adverse weather conditions