Travel back in time to the golden age when the Venetian Empire ruled the seas. You will discover the history behind Venice's major landmarks on this 2.5-hour shared group tour.
Nowhere else in the city is the incredible glory of the Venetian Empire felt than when standing in front of St. Mark's Basilica and the extravagant Doge's Palace. This tour is designed to transport you back to the golden age of power that Venice wielded for centuries, shedding light on the gilded basilica and the mighty palace.
Your tour begins in St. Mark's Basilica, whose history dates back to 800 AD. Your guide will take you through the stories told in the sparkling mosaics as you tread on the colorful marble floor: decorative elements in both are derived from the Eastern world. After exiting the church, your guide will present the buildings in St. Mark's Square, each of which had significance in the political, religious, and everyday lives of Venetians during the Empire.
From here, you will continue into the Doge's Palace which housed the rulers of Venice for over nine centuries. As you walk through the ornate rooms, you will learn about this powerful maritime republic, its role in trade with the East, and its avant-garde political thinking. Your guide will point out the impressive paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese, the armory, and the Great Council Hall before leading you across the Bridge of Sighs into the New Prisons to conclude the tour.
Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients. Maximum number of participants is 8.
PLEASE NOTE: Entrance tickets to the Basilica are included in the total price, while admission to the Doge's Palace must be paid on-site.
You will not be allowed to enter St. Mark's Basilica without proper attire - no shorts or miniskirts; sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders should be covered with a scarf.
Sites Included: St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace
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