Take part in this 3-hour tour that combines a fascinating walk through the historic centre of Venice and a guided visit to the Doge’s Palace! You will pass through the gates of the thousand-year-long history of a unique city, get to know every detail about the famous St. Mark’s Square and cross the famous Bridge of Sighs.
20 participants maximum
Meet your guide and follow her/him on an interesting stroll to discover the most distinctive places of Venice and finally the precious rooms of the Doge’s Palace, where the history of the Venice Republic was made. In St Mark’s Square you will get a complete overview of the main monuments and palaces overlooking the square, such as St Mark’s Cathedral, the Bell Tower, The Clock Tower, the Doge’s Palace and the Procuratie. Then you will move to Santa Maria Formosa and hear tales and legends about this splendid church and the nearby square, and Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo. This exciting tour will then take you to the most significant places of Venice, where history and myths are entwined, such as the site where Marco Polo’s house once stood and the exteriors of the Malibran Theatre, known as the most extravagant theatre in the whole of Venice. While heading towards St Mark’s Square, you will visit the Mercerie, that is the main shopping street in Venice, where precious goods from faraway markets were once sold. The second part of the itinerary focusses on the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of Venice which was for centuries the headquarter of its political power. Inside the Doge’s Palace you will visit the Opera Museum, the precious Doge’s Apartments, the Institutional Chambers, the Arms Room and the Old Prisons. Finally, you will have the opportunity to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, built in 1614 to join the Doge’s Palace to the New Prisons. Its curious name derives from the last sigh that convicts used to breathe before being locked up forever.
Departure Days & Time All year Every day 9.00 am
• From November 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 BILINGUAL TOUR (explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed) English: every day Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday German: Monday, Friday • From April 1st to October 31st 2016: English: every day Spanish: every day French: every day German: every day Italian: Saturday
Additional information • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. • At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour. • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed. • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher) • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you. • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.