Venice Classic Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

183386


Categories

City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Italian (fluent), French (fluent), English (fluent)

The Ducal Palace, St. Mark's square and the Basilica


Piazza San Marco is the very heart of Venice and it has been its civic forum during centuries.

The broad space, the largest in town encompasses the most important buildings including St. Mark's Church and the Doge's Palace.
The first one was built in the 9th century as a burial chapel to host the relics of St. Mark the Evangelist and rebuilt later in the shape of a Byzantyne temple to became the national church of all Venetians.
The second was in its origin a Byzantine military garrison transformed in the seat of the Duke of Venice until reaching the present shape to host also the seat of the Venetian government and the supreme court of Justice. A massive building to be the general prison was added and connected to the palace by the famous bridge of Sighs.
This tour can be considered then the 'classic' tour of Venice as visiting these two impressive building you'll be introduced to the origins of Venice, its main historical events, its instiutions and its art and architecture.

Itinerary

In this tour you'll visit: the Basilica of St. Mark's and its gold shining mosaics indoors - the Ducal Palace including the Duke's abode, the State rooms, the old prisons and the Bridge of Sighs.

You will skip the line for the Basilica and the doge's Palace. (Tickets are not included)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the PORTA DELLA CARTA- in S. Mark squre.
The PORTA DELLA CARTA it is today the exit of the doge's palace next to the Basilica.

Unless you're staying in an hotel very close by the square, the meeting will be in the square.

End location: In Saint Mark's square

Duration: 3 hours

Dress code in St. Mark's basilica: no shorts, no miniskirts, no sleeveless, no bare shoulders. Bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts are OK. Backpacks not allowed in both the basilica and the palace but can be dropped in deposit.
In a very few days St. Mark's Basilica may be closed without notice in case of unscheduled religious services.
In case of floods and from Nov. 1 to April 30 there is only one access to enter the basilica. Therefore there won't be any 'skip the line' access.

Transportation

This is a walking tour

What’s Included

My service as a private licensed guide for 3 hours.

entrance tickets to the doge's palace

Estimated Local Cash Needed

40 euro - (3,50 euro per person) to enter the Basilica and visit the Pala d'oro will have to be paid on the spot

the extra might be for a snack, a drink or to buy a souvenir.

What’s Extra

3,00 € per person
to avoid long lines to enter St. Mark's church.
(from April 1 to october 31)

NOTICE:
from 10 people on, it is mandatory to use individual audio-receivers at the price of 3,00 euros per person.

Restrictions

Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.

A Recent Review of this tour

Minu was knowledgeable and entertaining. You can't go wrong with her as your guide.
Connie Knapper

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