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Venice Walking Tour: Power of the Republic

1. Venice Walking Tour: Power of the Republic

Learn the 1,000-year history of the Republic of Venice – traditionally known as La Serenissima – from the 8th to 18th centuries, and see all the main monuments on a guided walking tour. Admire the Renaissance church of Santa Maria Formosa and hear fascinating stories about the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges of Venice were laid to rest. Hear about the role of the Great School of Charity and Captains of Fortune, see the house where Marco Polo lived and pass the historic Teatro Malibran. Return to Piazza San Marco via the Mercerie between the Rialto and San Marco districts. Enter the Doge's Palace to explore the seat of political power during the republic and see masterpieces of art in the splendid rooms. Marvel at the gold staircase and cross the Bridge of Sighs from the inside. End with an optional visit to a glass furnace.

Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

2. Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

Take a walking tour with a professional private guide to explore one of the most celebrated piazzas in the world. St. Mark’s Square is surrounded on 3 sides by magnificent structures such as the 15th-century Clock Tower, the Procuratie Vecchie, Procuratie Nuove and Ala Napoleonica. On the fourth side stands the outstanding St. Mark’s Basilica, with its Clock Tower rising above the open area known as the Mercerie. Your guide will tell you about the history and architectural styles of the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Correr Museum and the Bridge of Sighs. St. Mark’s Bell Tower is the highest structure in Venice. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been rebuilt several times since. It unexpectedly crashed to the ground in 1902 and was rebuilt following the original design, incorporating the ancient bells. The Bridge of Sighs connects the Palazzo delle Prigioni and Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. It is called the Bridge of Sighs because in times past, convicts were forced to enter prison through this bridge. According to the legend when they had their last glimpse of Venice they would let out a sigh. Visit the interior of St. Mark's Basilica to admire its many treasures, including the Pala d’Oro, the statues, amazing glass and carvings.

Byzantine Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

3. Byzantine Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Travel to the heart of Venice and its Byzantine art heritage with a combination of three tours. Discover the enchanting side of Venice through a morning walk, its Byzantine heritage through the St Mark's Basilica, and its deepest side through a romantic gondola ride. Go to the enchanting Venice made up of countless bridges, channels, and "campo" (little squares), the pulsing heart of a water city. Follow your experienced tour guide and learn more about Venice, it's past, and interesting facts about life in a city built on water. Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo, and Church SS. Giovanni e Paolo, and the Mercerie, are only some of the highlights which you will admire. Let yourself admire Venice from a unique perspective: the water. In an eye glimpse, it will be like being projected into another world, away from the crowded alleys of the historical center and ready to discover a deeper side of Venice. Discover not only one of Venice's most famous sites and symbols but also one of the world's most beautiful and breathtaking cathedrals: The St Mark's Basilica. Immerse yourself in the majestic interiors of the Basilica, learn more about Venice's history and in particular about its patron saint, St Mark.

Venice: Private Tour of Casanova Sites

4. Venice: Private Tour of Casanova Sites

The history of Venice is full of iconic characters and Giacomo Casanova is surely the most famous of them. His complicated life, with countless love affairs, travels through Europe and even an assignment as a spy for the Republic of Venice, made Casanova the symbol of the Venetian eighteenth century. The tour will start from St. Mark's Square, under the clock tower: from this point you will pass through the commercial district of the city, the Mercerie, to reach Campo San Bartolomeo. Here you will have the pleasure to 'meet' another fundamental character of the Venetian eighteenth century, the playwright Carlo Goldoni and his bronze sculpture. An interesting fact is that Goldoni knew Casanova’s mother very well, the actress Zanetta Farussi, since she played the leading role in many of his plays! From there you will cross Rialto Bridge and reach the quarter of San Polo, where you will visit the Rialto market, the place that Casanova and many young Venetians used to frequent after a night of feasting. Not far from here is Castelletto, the historic red light district of Venice, in which you will take a break at the famous Osteria Ae do Spade (or at another Osteria if this is closed). Here, while you will be enjoying a glass of wine and a typical Venetian appetizer, our guide will tell you interesting stories about the famous Venetian libertine. Then, you will cross the Grand Canal by gondola and visit important places in Casanova’s life. In Cannaregio, for example, lived C.C., one of the greatest loves of his life, and Casanova himself spent many years of his life in Palazzo Bragadin, when an important senator protected him. The last step of your journey through the adventurous life of Giacomo Casanova will be in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, with the Palazzo Querini Stampalia, once home to two great friends of Giacomo, Angelo and Andrea Querini, and now converted into an important museum.

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What people are saying about The Mercerie, Venice

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,993 reviews

A well organized informative city tour

Our guide Maria picked us up on time as agreed at the hotel near the Rialto Bridge and took us on a two-hour tour to St. Mark's Square. She told us a lot about the history of the city in very good German and was able to tell us a lot of additional information when we asked. The tour ended in St. Mark's Basilica. Our group consisted of nine people, some of whom were already restricted due to their age. Maria took this into account and deliberately chose places in the shade for explanations, where one could lean on or sit down for a moment.

very good and funny

The guide, Elena, is excellent. His level of Spanish is very good and he told us very funny anecdotes and stories. As we were only 4 people, the attention was personalized, even the children enjoyed entering the basilica and the museum. In short, it was two hours that passed very quickly. I recommend it to everyone. Thank you Elena.

Competent and friendly guide who real pointed out the topics.

Excellent tour! I called the operator 2 days prior and asked to arrange prepaid tickets and expedite access, which worked perfect too. The tour lasting 2 hours just covers Marcus Dom and the Dogenpalace and even just for this 2 topics the time is short.

Fantastic Tour Guide

Marco was a great tour guide! He really knew his stuff! He was very informative, entertaining, and personable. He knows his Venitian and world history well, and it made the tour very enjoyable.

Sehr kompetente Führung mit Infos, die nicht im Reiseführer stehen. Preis/Leistung ist super!