Shared Tour: Absolute Venice Walking Tour
Learn about Venice's past as you walk through the historic streets of Venice. We will walk through Piazza San Marco, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and the Great School of Charity before viewing Marco Polo's House and the Malibran Theater (no inside visits).
This tour includes a visit to Doge's Palace (inside), which for centuries was the seat of Venetian political power. You'll be surprised by the rich details of the gold staircase and 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.
Visit inside St Mark's Cathedral, one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world. You will see the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, while our guide relates the history of the basilica and shows you the represented biblical scenes.
After the walking tour, you will have the opportunity for an optional visit to a glass factory located very close to Saint Mark's Square for a 20-minute Glass Craftsman Demonstration. This is a complimentary optional tour and is not a part of the walking tour. You will need to follow the instructions provided to you locally at the time of your walking tour.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. There is no need to reconfirm your tour, simply take your voucher to the meeting point.
Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
San Marco Square, under the Clock Tower (NOT the Bell Tower) near Yex exchange office
St Mark's area
9:00am daily from April until October and daily except Sundays from March to November, tour does not operate on religious holidays and religious events
Maximum 30 people
Transportation, entrances other than Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, meal, gratuity
Proper clothing is required to visit St. Mark's Basilica (no shorts, tank tops or low cut clothing).
Regarding access to the Basilica with Terrace and Museum, the ground floor is not available on Sundays and religious feast days. Due to Covid Restrictions, the Glass Craftsman Demonstration is not available until 1st September 2021
During some days of high turnout the waiting time to access the basilica might be longer than expected; in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.
This tour does not operate on January 1 or 6, April 25, August 15, November 1, December 8 or 25, religious holidays and religious events or in case of exceptional high tide.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.
For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica or inside Doges' Palace.
Directions for the meeting location:
If arriving by public vaporetto, take line #1 and get off at "San Marco Vallaresso" stop or line #2 and get off at San Marco Giardinetti stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight till the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark's Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight leaving the Basilica on your right and find the assistant waiting for you with a "TOUR" signboard under the clock tower.
If arriving by private watertaxi, ask the driver to take you to the "Todaro" landing stage. Once you get off, turn right and go straight till the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark's Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight leaving the Basilica on your right and find the assistant waiting for you with a "TOUR" signboard under the clock tower.
If arriving on foot, the clock tower is located in Saint Mark's Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight leaving the Basilica on your right and find the assistant waiting for you with a "TOUR" signboard under the clock tower.
Be sure to meet your guide under the Clock Tower, which is on the left of the Basilica when looking at the facade of the Basilica. Do not wait for your guide under the Bell Tower,