What better way to visit Venice than by foot…. Meet at 8.30am our tour guide waiting for you at the cruise terminal. Start off from the port by water taxi to San Marco Square to start your 3 hours walking tour. Walk through the streets with your private guide to visit the real Venice. We will take you inside the most important buildings in Venice: The Doge’s palace and Saint Mark’s church. The Doge’s Palace will embellish you with history, art and the culture of the Venetian Republic.
We’ll visit the magnificent halls of the Venetian government so richly decorated by the most important artists of the XVI th century. The Doge’s private apartments and the famous Bridge of Sighs to see the old prisons of the Republic.
Saint Mark’s church. Close to the Doge’s palace is the church which was once the Doge’s private chapel and today the Venetian cathedral. A rare example of Byzantine art with its golden mosaics and the Golden Alterpiece rich in enamels, precious stones and jewels. Inside this church one can also visit the Gallery in order to see the original bronze horses brought from Constantinople during the second Crusade.
On exiting the church continue the tour visiting other highlights of the city with your personal guide. Enjoy after the 3 hours tour some time for relax, at 1pm a water taxi will be ready to escort you (no guide) to the three Islands off of the mainland, Murano, Burano and Torcello. The infamous glass factories located on the Islands will be a temptation to you to furnish your home with spectacular works from local glass blowers in Murano and Burano.
Watch as the locals show you how their talents produce unbelievable works. On to Torcello. Walking through the streets of Torcello you will see the local women making exceptional lace garments, a true tradition to the Island.
Back to the cruise terminal by 5pm