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Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Starting in St. Mark’s Square, this atmospheric walking tour will whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area. A qualified guide will walk you through the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture and life in present day Venice. The tour will start with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, its many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi. Discover campo Santa Maria Formosa and campo San Giovanni & Paolo, with its stunning Basilica, where the doges of Venice were buried. At the end of your walking tour, come back with your local guide in San Marco's square passing through the Mercerie, the shopping connection street between Rialto and San Marco.

Venice: Walking Tour

2. Venice: Walking Tour

Take a gentle 1.5-hour stroll around Venice and admire some of the city's most famous landmarks. Explore art, architecture, and history with your professional guide, and be enchanted by this most magical of cities. Begin your tour at St. Mark's Campanile in St. Mark's Square, the very heart of Venice. Discover the world's most beautiful drawing room, and listen to your guide's brief historical introduction about the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Still in St. Mark's Square, see St. Mark's Basilica, Venice's cathedral church that is the symbol of the city. Admire its Byzantine-style cupolas, golden mosaics, and priceless bronze and golden horses that came from Constantinople as your guide explains the severe Gothic form of the church's exterior. Next, continue a few meters from the Cathedral to yet another monument in St. Mark’s square, Doge’s Palace. Learn about the structure and architectural style of this magnificent palace, and hear about its history and the fire that took place there. Walk to see the tallest building in Venice, The Campanile (Bell Tower), which once used to be a lighthouse for the sailors. After your discovery of these must-see architectural gems, make your way to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where the largest church in Venice is located, the Pantheon of Venice. Wander around the church's exterior, which is covered with marvelous sculptures. Nearby, marvel at the most prominent and most beautifully decorated building in Venice known as the Scuola Grande di San Marco (Great School of Charity) and come to understand the importance and the significance of this building to the Venetians. As you stroll the streets and pretty alleys across Venice's small bridges, uncover hidden gems along the way, like the house of the great traveler and writer, Marco Polo. Learn about the historical significance of this place and the contribution made to the world by the man who once lived within these four walls. Finally, walk with your guide to the hustle and bustle of the most famous shopping street in Venice, Mercerie. Your tour concludes here, giving you the chance to explore the historic heart of commercial life in the city between the Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square afterward.

Venice: Combo Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Combo Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Your tour begins at St. Marco’s Square, known to be the heart of Venice. Your expert guide will give you a brief historical introduction to Venice’s history as the most powerful maritime empire on the Mediterranean. After a thorough history of the gothic beauty of St. Marco’s Basilica, head off to the Doge’s Palace, the iconic palace of Venice’s imperial ruler.  Continue your path through Venice, stopping by the Campanille, a stunning bell tower that is, to this day, the tallest structure in Venice. Afterwards, you’ll end up in the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where the Pantheon of Venice, the largest church in the city, stands. Listen to the history of the menagerie of ornate statues that surrounds the church before heading off to perhaps the most ornate building in Venice, the Scuola Grande di San Marco. After hitting all the main sights, your guide will take you through the smaller alleyways of town to uncover some hidden gems, like Marco Polo’s home, among other local secrets. Continue down the Mercerie, the city’s most bustling shopping street, to feel the true energy of the iconic city. After your thrilling tour, settle down for a 30 minute gondola ride down the winding canals, where you’ll experience the sights you’ve seen from a new perspective.

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What people are saying about The Mercerie, Venice

The meeting point was a bit difficult to find. The guide Elisabeth was very experienced and guided us very well through some of the city's sixths. Some special "tips" included.

Great visit with a guide Martina who spoke very good French and who answered all our questions with interesting details. Plus we were only 2 in the group even better.

We had a very nice lady who lives in Venice and explained her city to us very well. Highly recommended

Natalia showed us Venice and gave helpful recommendations along the way. The tour was just great!

Very good tour, there were only four of us with a lot of background knowledge.