Venice Highlights- Guided Walking Tour In Venice, 2.5hrs
Quick introduction to Venice with two must see places. Spend 2.5 hours in Venice to see the major highlights of the city led by a scholarly and local guide.
Your local guide will do a carefully planned tour so that you don’t miss any of the sights because of crowds. You’ll either be in a very small group of max 8 or a private tour anyway so the experience is quite intimate.
Your first glimpse of Venice is unforgettable! Whether you are just visiting for a day, or plan to spend longer in this “Queen of the Adriatic”, we want to make that first impression totally awesome! Our Venice Highlights Walking Tour introduces visitors to all the must-see highlights and includes skip-the-lines tickets so you won’t waste a moment of this exceptional 2½ hour adventure.
Staged at a gentle pace, our small group tour of Venice is led by an experienced guide, handpicked for their local knowledge and ability to make every moment fun and informative. Passionate about Venice, they will introduce you to St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) and give you a brief overview of its history, significance and breathtaking architecture.
As you gaze around at the UNESCO-listed architecture lining the plaza, your guide will point out details that most visitors miss in their haste to get inside! Learn about the Proctural Offices, the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions that are all part of St Mark’s history.
Follow your tour guide into the magnificent 11th century St Mark’s Basilica with its impressive Italian-Byzantine architecture. Nicknamed the Chiesa d’Oro (Church of Gold) due to its golden floor mosaics, this is Venice’s most famous cathedral. Admire the fine interior and listen to the story of the life-size Horses of St Mark’s Basilica, said to be some of Europe’s finest creations. Why are these 3rd century statues here? What are they made of…and what is their connection with Istanbul? You’ll find out the answers to all these questions and more as you accompany your guide on this well-planned Venice Highlights Walking Tour.
The Palace of the Doges of Venice is another unmissable attraction and once again you will skip the lines and head straight into this opulent palazzo with your knowledgeable guide. This masterpiece of Gothic architecture is now preserved as a museum, but once represented the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges. Learn about the talented 14th century sculptors that worked on the palace and enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark.
During the tour you’ll hear about the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice. The walking tour will include the remarkable Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark’s) with its Renaissance architecture by Jacopo Sansovino. This 16th century arcaded building has beautiful frescoes and stands next to the equally gorgeous Zecca, the Venetian Mint. It houses a significant manuscript collection documenting the history of Venice and far beyond.
With such a wealth of architectural beauty and Venetian history crammed into just a small area of Venice, our fascinating Venice Highlights Walking Tour will cut through the crowds and commercialism to reveal the hidden gems of this “Floating City”. It will deliver a fact-packed, fun-filled experience of Venice that you will remember forever.
Join our Venice Highlights tour to get acquainted with the city in an efficient way.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 8 so the experience is always intimate.
This tour runs everyday except Mondays and Sundays. Tours start at 80 Euros.