Byzantine Venice: walking tour, St. Mark’s Basilica & Gondola ride

From EUR 76

Have a walk outdoors (no entries) through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice.
A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. An essential tour for the understanding of Venice!!


Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - History and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping.

At the end of the walking tour you will enjoy a relaxing gondola ride approx. 30 minutes ride on the Grand Canal (S. Maria della Salute area) and minor canals (Fenice area). On the gondola ride there is no commentary.

After the gondola ride you will visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a Tour Guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, you'll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire The Pala d'oro, exquisite example of the byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark's square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.

Key Details:

  • Meeting point: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with the blue clock facade)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: Until 31th March 2019: € 76 per person -  € 32 from 2 to 6 years - FREE under 2 years - From 1st April 2019: € 79 per person - € 33 from 2 to 6 years old - FREE under 2 years old.
  • Timetable: From Monday to Saturday at 9:00 AM (please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time)
  • Languages: from April to October: English, French, German, Spanish from Monday to Saturday. Italian: only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual.
    From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday. The visit could be bilingual.

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This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – Tour does not operate on Sundays, on 25th April, 15th August, 8th December, 1st and 6th January and in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded) – For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops) – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica, prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! – Comfortable shoes suggested – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”


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  1. Clock Tower - St. Marks's Square