The Mercerie, Venice
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Venice: Morning Walking Tour

1. Venice: Morning Walking Tour

Explore Venice through its narrow calli (alleys) and encounter countless bridges and picturesque squares at the heart of the city's social scene. Follow a professional guide on an unforgettable journey through the history of the "Serenissima" and discover famous sites and hidden gems. Get an animated description of majestic St. Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco, and learn the function of the Doge's Palace. Hear about the ornate St. Mark's Clocktower and the 3 connected buildings of the Procuratie. Then, make your way to the Campo Santa Maria Formosa to see the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where all of the city's doges were buried after the 15th century. Go to the Scuola Grande di San Marco (“Great School of Charity”) to hear about the "Captains of Fortune," and then head back through the San Marco sestiere (district) to see the Teatro Malibran. Stroll down the famous Mercerie, the historic heart of commercial life in the city and now one of the main shopping streets of Venice between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco.

All-Inclusive Tour: Doge Palace, St Mark's Basilica & Square

2. All-Inclusive Tour: Doge Palace, St Mark's Basilica & Square

This walking tour will give you a comprehensive introduction to some of the most spectacular sights in the city, and includes a guided tour of both the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Setting off from St. Mark’s Square, with views of the Grand Canal, you will head through the narrow streets, laced with lovely canals and crumbling, historic houses. Stop and pause at sights such as the Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa, where the Holy Virgin is alleged to have appeared disguised as a voluptuous woman. Visit the former home of one of the city’s most famous sons at Marco Polo’s House, and walk through the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, and go inside the Palazzo Ducale, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Walk through splendid rooms lined with masterpieces of art. Your guide will show you the halls of power and then take you to the Bridge of Sighs, where the harsh reality of that power will come to life. End your visit at St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. View masterpieces of Byzantine art, savor the beauty of the cathedral’s gold mosaics and marble inlays, and admire fine examples of religious art in the Treasury.

Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

3. Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

Skip the long lines to enter 2 of the most popular and spectacular buildings in Venice, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy the ambiance of this charming part of Venice, and learn about its from your expert guide. Start your tour at the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Here you will hear the history of how the Duke and his council made decisions that controlled the fate of this 1,000-year republic. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages, and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the Palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, you will be taken on a tour of the inside of St. Mark's Basilica. The Cathedral displays some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, and is the only cathedral of its kind in Italy. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Learn about the Basilica's history, and discover the Biblical symbolism behind the Cathedral’s art. Admire the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the Basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones. During the walking tour you will see The Church and Campo of SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon” of Venice, the great charitable Scuola and the heroic deeds of the famed Captains of fortune; Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran - where ancient and recent history meet in this wonderful corner of Venice.

Full Venice Walking Tour: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's

4. Full Venice Walking Tour: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's

Meet your guide on Piazza San Marco for the start of an immersive walking tour. Learn the story of Venice and the Venetian Empire at monuments such as the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's Clock Tower and the Procuratie, built over the arcades of Piazza San Marco (external views only). Stroll over to Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo and its famous Pantheon. Next, go to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, also knowns as the “Great School of Charity” whose members ((Captains of Fortune) included some of the great Italian explorers of the 15th century. Head back to Piazza San Marco to admire the Teatro Malibran, once the "biggest, most beautiful and richest theatre in the city." Walk down the shopping street of Le Mercerie to see the boutiques of top designers in what was once the pulsing heart of the city's commercial life. Along the way, wander the small alleys known as “calli” and discover picturesque squares where Venetians still gather to conduct their everyday social lives. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the "Serenissima" and its everlasting story. Then, skip the long lines to the Doge’s Palace and explore one of the most important symbols of Venice. As the seat of Venetian political power for centuries, the majestic rooms contain hundreds of masterpieces of art that will take your breath away. Next, enter the beautiful Byzantine monument of St. Mark's Basilica and learn about Saint Mark and how his ruins came to rest here. See stunning mosaics of gold and marble inlays, and learn the history of the architectural masterpiece and its priceless treasures. Go to the Treasury to look at a splendid example of religious art, and marvel at the thousands of gems and precious stones of the Pala d’Oro.

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

5. Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Discover the highlights of Venice by foot on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic city center. Then, experience the imperial city sights by gondola on a shared 20-minute gondola ride. First, take a guided walk around the most characteristic places from the history of Venice, including St. Mark's Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges’ Palace. Learn the history of one of the world’s most beautiful squares, and experience the charm of Venice up-close. Feel part of ancient traditions and experience the city like the locals have for more than 1,000 years. Then, climb aboard a gondola to experience the magic of Venice on its most traditional mode of transport. Immerse yourself in the charm of its canals and grand mansions. See the rich-toned façades of age-old villas and churches along the Grand Canal and Salute. Drift down some of the minor canals in Fenice, before returning to the starting point.

Venice: Walking Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about The Mercerie, Venice

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 339 reviews

We loved it, the guide speaking French very well, and the sun was out. The group was a bit large, we wasted a little time at each stop and the guide was unable to answer all of our questions.

The city tour was really very interesting. Our tour guide Natalia introduced us to Venice with great attention to detail. Highly recommended and worth it.

Excellent, all organized in detail! Two itineraries, two different guides, all well organized. The guide, Ms Franca, good and nice !!!

Super nice and knowledgeable tour guide in German! No queuing and so much knowledge imparted. A dream has really paid off

Elisabeth made the city tour very informative and entertaining. Highly recommended!