Explore Venice history on this 4-hour guided walking tour through the most characteristic and important places. Visit the Basilica of St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace.
Meet your guide in St. Mark's square for a brief history and description about the origins of Venice and its main monuments: the Basilica of St. Mark's, the Doge's Palace, the Bell Tower and Clock Tower. Walk to Santa Maria Formosa square with more history and anecdotes about this characteristic square. Continue to Campo SS.Giovanni e Paolo, the "Doge’s Pantheon", to the Great School of Charity, the Captains of Fortune and Marco Polo’s House. Past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco square through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco; the main street for the city shopping. Once in the square start the visit of the Doge’s Palace.This palazzo represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic. Be surprised of the rich details of the gold staircase, of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. Continue the visit with St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world! Enjoy the visit of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy. Beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, exquisite example of the 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.