Ducal Venice (Walking Tour of Venice + The Doge’s Palace)

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. This is an essential tour for anyone who wants to really know Venice!
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.

*The Palazzo Ducale 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. You’ll live it together with a Guide that will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries. You’ll 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, you will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. An unforgettable tour not to be missed!

Meeting Point: Under the clock tower of St. Mark’s Square (by YEX Exchange Office) at 8:45am
Duration: 2 hrs 30 min – 3 hrs