Absolute Venice (Walking Tour,Doge’s Palace & Golden Basilica)

Veneto/Venice

Take a stroll outdoors (no entries included) through the most characteristic and important places in the history of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling its past which is full of charm in this unique city.
Route includes: 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 coupled with past and recent history intertwine in this beautiful corner of Venice.

*Enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy. You’ll have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors 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. Enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.

**The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, among the frescoes and masterpieces, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of the thousand-year historic republic. You’ll experience it together with the guide that will show you the halls of power plunging you into a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the centuries immediately following. You’ll be surprised by the rich details of the gold staircase and the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building.  You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs before entering the Venetian prisons, famous for once housing Giacomo Casanova.

Proper clothing (no shorts or tank tops) in required. For security reasons backpacks are not allowed.

  • Meeting point: Under the Clock Tower in St. Mark;s Square (by YEX Exchange Office) at 8:45am
  • Duration: 3 hrs 30 min