Venice from Florence by high-speed train with St. Mark's Basilica
If you are based in Florence for your holiday but don’t want to miss out on the true taste of Venice, this is the ideal tour for you!
On arrival at the station, a City Wonders representative will escort you to a private water taxi for a panoramic cruise from the train station to Rialto.
You’ll then start your discovery of Venice with 2-hour guided tour on foot as you weave your way around the twisting back streets, cobbled courtyards and small arched bridges. You’ll stroll across the church and palace-lined piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance, and modern elements fuse together their timeless portraits of the city, and also glimpse the fabled Bridge of Sighs. You’ll walk by Marco Polo’s house and hear about how the Venetian merchant set off to sea one day and returned with tales of faraway eastern lands that in those days few had ever seen.
After marveling at the elegance of St. Mark’s Square, you’ll head straight into St. Mark’s Basilica. Together with your guide, you’ll uncover the diverse treasures inside the basilica, including the dazzling gold-laden mosaics that adorn its domed interior and ceilings. You’ll also manage to squeeze in a climb up to the famous terraces of St. Mark’s. Rarely included on guided tours, these terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza and the rooftops beyond.
You'll then have about 3 hours to enjoy Venice independently. Your guide will offer local advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch.
After your free time, you will be free to either take a vaporetto to come back to the train station (tickets are included) or just walk. Then, we board our speed train for our return to Florence.