UNFOLDING VENICE, ON FOOT AND BY BOAT
Starting ideally in St Mark’s Square, the first part of this tour is about the genesis of Venice, its development as a City State and its economical rise during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Our guide will take you into St Mark’s Basilica (skipping the line, from April 1st through October 31st) for an overview of its awesome mosaics and marbles, and will describe all the Square’s main buildings: the Doges’ Palace, the Marciana Library, the Procuratie, the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons.
After having admired together the world-famous waterfront, whose gems are St George’s Island, the Giudecca Island, and the Salute Church, we shall proceed for an hour on our private water-taxi along the meandering canals – Venice boasts 150 of them! – for a relaxing ride into the history, art and architecture of this unique place.
Of course, we will navigate along the impressive Grand Canal, but we shall also experience the more intimate atmosphere of a picturesque maze of minor waterways.
Again, on foot in a very different area of town, over the Grand Canal, exploring the neighborhoods of Dorsoduro and San Polo at a quiet pace, enjoying the maze of squares, alleyways, bridges, and getting in touch with the everyday life and activities behind the main touristic scene.
- St Mark’s Basilica (skipping the line)
- Grand Canal and small canal navigation on a private watertaxi
- Walk in lesser known parts of Venice far from the crowds
- Rialto bridge and surrounding market area
There are no cars or buses in Venice, and not even motorbikes or bicycles!
Apart from the main tourists’ sites, that tend to be crowded most part of the year, Venice is calm, silent, and safe, and it is hard to decide whether it is better to visit on foot or by boat.
We could state that the real streets of Venice are its canals, and that most of the major facades can be seen better from the water.
It is also true that during the 19th century many canals were filled in, although the city still boasts 150 canals, and more than 400 bridges! Which means that, with respect to the past centuries, nowadays it is probably easier and faster to move around on foot.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- No sleeveless, no shorts.
- Short sleeves and knee high garments are ok !
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 430 euros up to six people (not per person), transportation included (one hour by private water taxi), only private parties. For larger parties send us an email!
- Entrance fees per person:
- S. Mark’s Basilica 7 euros