Duration: 3 hours
Start Time: 2:00 pm
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Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.
Meeting in St. Mark’s Square, we will take a few breathtaking moments to appreciate the incredible sight before us as your guide prepares you for what is to come. With our pre-reserved, special access entrance tickets we will skip past the infamous long lines into the Basilica of San Marco - an absolutely massive work of architecture fused with art.
You'll travel far beyond the guidebooks, as your guide exposes all the rudimentary facts, features, and stories of St. Mark's Basilica and Venice. You'll hear swashbuckling tales of the Basilica's foundation, (let's just say there is an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church's innumerable treasures including the intricate mosaics and original quadriga of 4 bronze horses, a symbol sitting atop St. Mark's for centuries. You'll venture into lesser-known spaces and enjoy exclusive access onto the balcony overlooking the whole of Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, and a good portion of the Venetian Lagoon. Simply incredible!
Your time in St. Mark’s Basilica is only the tip of the iceberg. The Doge’s Palace was at the very heart of the Republic of Venice – home to the Doge (Duke) and Venetian government, with its torture chambers, prisons, and so, so much more. As you enter the Doge's Palace (skipping again, past any lines) your guide will share the stories of scandal and politics while leading you into the Doge's own lavish apartments and through to the Hall of the Great Council. It is here you will greet the famed frescos of Veronese and Tintoretto (Not an art history buff? You will still be inspired by their beauty!) You will also learn why the Doge's painting cycle is interrupted by a mysterious black veil. (Hint. It has to do with a beheading - how medieval!)
You’ll also explore the massive armory and the so-called "New Prisons" where your guide will share the grim life of a Venetian prisoner. You’ll cap it all off with, wait for it... the Bridge of Sighs, which you'll learn isn't quite as romantic as modern-day folklore paints it to be.
In order to do justice to these incredible sites and your time in Venice, we’ve kept the group size to 25 people or fewer - and you'll have a headset, so you’ll be able to hear your guide clearly, engage with them and ask all the questions you want – a good thing too since they’re the best in the business.
We’ve spent years building the best team of guides, chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendliness. We know how important your guide is to the quality of your tour, so we only work with those who are passionate about sharing their passion for the history, art, and stories of Venice with you.
For the best, most enjoyable, and informative way to see the top sights of Venice, take a walk with us on this Legendary Venice tour. It’s three hours, two top sites, and dozens of tales you’ll be reliving forever!