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An essential tour for the understanding of Venice and thanks to the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice you will enjoy privileged access avoiding the queues! Have a walk outdoors through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. Route: 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 relating 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. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and city’s main shopping street.
After a short rest you visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a qualified and experienced guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique in Italy, you'll have the pleasure of admiring beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays in the floors, sitting comfortably 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.
After the visit of the Basilica you will be given a free coupon for a visit to a Murano glass factory in order to discover one of the Venetian greatest arts. Please note this is a free of charge optional trip by private boat to Murano Island and return (generally scheduled from 2PM to 4PM) and it is not a part of the tour. Be kindly aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that we do not recommend participating if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.