Saint Mark' s church, Rialto and San Polo and Santa Croce district
Join me on this walking tour and experience the marvels of Saint Mark's square, religious and political centre of Venice for centuries.
Enjoy the ancient buildings overlooking the most charming piazza in the world: the basilica, the belfry, the clock tower, the Doge's palace and the nearby bridge of sighs.
Why is the winged lion the symbol of Venice? The "golden basilica" with about 8. 000 square meters of breathtaking mosaics, more than 500 columns and lots of interesting stories and legends has kept Saint Mark's body for more than 1000 years.
Let's explore Rialto area- Venice trade hub- with its glorious bridge and fish market (from Tuesday to Saturday) and then proceed to less crowded and charming areas: San Polo and Santa Croce districts and visit the majestic basilica dei Frari, embellished with great paintings.
Why should you choose this tour? Because it combines Venice landmarks with quieter areas and provides an accurate and passionate introduction to Venice history, culture and architecture.
Saint Mark's area: square, bridge of sighs, visit to Saint Mark's church, Doge's palace ( from outside), view of Giudecca and San Giorgio islands.
Rialto bridge and area, fish market (open from Tuesday to Saturday, in the morning)
San Polo and Santa Croce districts, visit to the impressive medieval church of Frari.
The itinerary can be customized according to your interest and the meeting location.
IMPORTANT- dress code for visiting churches
Short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts and bare shoulders are not allowed in churches.
Backpacks are not permitted in the Cathedral, they have to be deposited near the church (free of charge, maximum 1 hour).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Saint Mark's church, between the two columns
End location: Santa Croce district, Venice.
At the end of the tour I'll give you directions to go back to your hotel/apartment or suggestions to explore other areas of Venice.
Duration: 3 hours
walking (about 3 km/ 2miles)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euro - Food and drinks, souvenirs
Entrance fee to Frari church ( 3 euro euro per person)
I'm not a driver but I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange a car and driver if you want to visit the mainland.
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Giovanna was everything we had hoped for as our Venice guide. Her local knowledge and historical descriptions were incredible. She was very accommodating to us in adapting our tour to our interests. By the end of our tour, she was our "friend" as much as our guide. I would definitely refer her to anyone who is visiting Venice.