A must for any first comer to Venice
As any first time visitor in Venice you're eager to grasp the city's ambiance, although if your time is short, you can miss this. Join our tour then, and in a 3 hour leisure walk get introduced to our city.
Start in a grand style walking through 'the piazza', San Marco square and get acquainted with Venice's greatest buildings, the Doge's Palace past center of government and the nine century old byzantine Basilica. Let's get inside and admire its stunning decoration of ancient marbles and shimmering golden mosaics.
And continue later walking through the central district ready to listen to your guide as he tells you about the history, the art&arquitecture and the present life of Venice.
In this tour will include 4 of the original 6 districts stopping in places of major interest.
Last but not least the Rialto bridge and market area awaits us at the end of the walk, the perfect spot where to stop for lunch or have a drink.
After meeting your guide in san Marco square you'll enter the church and get an introduction about the architecture, the mosaic decoration and how the cult of Mark became so important.
Leaving the square the walk will continue in the Castello district one of the largest. Pass by the campo Santa Maria Formosa to rech later the church of san Giovanni and Paolo and the old confraternity of san Marco now the main hospital.
Shortly you'll reach the norhtern end of Venice and get a great view of the vast lagoon. Continue your walk through the Cannaregio district passing by huge the Jesuit church, crossing the Gran Canal on a barge (if it doesn't rain) and ending by the Rialto area a great place for a lunch break or an early evening glass of wine.
the itinerary given is for a start point in St. Mark's square, it can be changed according to another start point always including St. Mark's church.
On a Sunday or on a holiday in the morning remember that St. Mark's church is closed for tours until 2:00pm
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: This tour can be started from the main bus&car terminal, the railway station, St. Mark's square and your hotel if centrally located.
Let me know where you'll located in Venice so I can set the best starting point.
End location: Most times the tour ends in the Rialto area.
Duration: 3 hours
St. Mark's church is open:
Nov>June: from Mon>Sat from 09:45am>5:00pm - Sun + holydays from 2:00>4:00pm
June>Nov: from Mon>Sat from 09:45am>5:00pm - Sun + holydays from 2:00>4:30pm
To enter St. Mark's church
NO to: short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, bare shoulders.
YES to: bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts, a scarf to cover shoulders
BACKPACKS: are not permitted inside the church, they must left in deposit before entering the building.
This is a walking tour, wear comfortable shoes.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 euro - Any amounts related to personal expenses like drinks, snacks, meals, souvenirs etc.
Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.
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Fernando has an amazing historical knowledge of Venice. He is personable and able to cater to different ages within the group. It was a memorable experience.