Absolute Venice

Absolute Venice

Morning Tour: Doge's Palace • The Golden Basilica
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Absolute Venice

Morning Tour: Doge’s Palace • The Golden Basilica

Enjoy a morning walking tour to visit Venice’s most iconic tourist attractions. See such sites as Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Marco Polo’s house and the Malibran Theatre.

MEETING POINT:

Clock Tower (St. Mark’s Square): facing St Mark’s Basilica, the Clock tower is on the left side and it is a white tower with a blue clock on its facade)

**Clients have to reach the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure**

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Professional tour guide
  • Privileged access to the Basilica avoiding the queues
  • Entrance tickets to the Doge’s Palace
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • Coupon free of charge for an optional trip to Murano Island and return.
  • Please note, these are all external visits. There are no interior visits included.

 

A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, recalling a past full of charm in this unique city.

This tour provides a comprehensive understanding of Venice. Beginning at Piazza San Marco, learn the origins and history of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Learn about Santa Maria Formosa, the history and anecdotes related to this wonderful, iconic square. Understand the history of Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, also know as the “Pantheon” of Venice or the Great School of Charity or the Captains of fortune. Visit Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theater, hear anecdotes and learn how both past and recent history converge in this beautiful corner of Venice.

You will return to San Marco through the Mercerie; which is a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main shopping street. You will be accompained by our expert guide for an hour walking tour inside the magnificent Doge’s Palace, “Palazzo Ducale”. The Palace is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, right in the heart of Venice. It used to be the residence of the the elected ruler of the city, and his counsellors and, as such became the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Government. The Doge’s Palace was opened as a museum in 1923.

Listen to the informative guide as you pass through the Palace’s lavish chambers. You will be astonished by the stuccoed halls which display hundreds of masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors. Be entertained by our informative guide and learn the history of Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells and the famous Bridge of Sighs. Learn about the prisoners and of course, Casanova; perhaps Venice’s most famous and intriguing escape artist.

Lastly, visit one of the World’s most majestic cathedrals. During this tour, you will be escorted by a tour guide educated in accordance with the Curia of Venice. Enjoy a comprehensive visit of this masterpiece of unique Byzantine art with the beautiful gold mosaics and marble-inlay floors. Your guide will explain the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particulars of this ancient Basilica. You can admire The Pala d’Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones and enjoy a visit to the Treasury, a splendor of religious art collected throughout the centuries.

You may visit the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square with the same ticket on your own after the initial tour. You can discover the way of life for the Venetians, with paintings, libraries, currency, and sculpture. You will also have the opportunity to visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi, the Empress of Austria. The entrance ticket also gives you access to the following palaces around St. Mark’s Square that you may visit by yourself: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

At the end of your activities, you will have the opportunity to do the optional tour to see the Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square (20 minute tour). Please follow the instructions from our local staff. Also, be kindly aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that we do not recommend to participate if you have other reservations scheduled on the same day.

Tour Details:

Duration Half Day Tour

Starts Venice - Clock Tower in St Mark’s Square

Meals

Not Included

Price $149.00

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