VENICE SHORE EXCURSION NO. 2
We will start with a visit to the Dorsoduro area, including beautiful urban spaces like Campo Santa Margherita and Campo San Barnaba, lively and colorful squares dotted with cafes, wine bars and small local markets.
Far from the major “hit-and-run” tourist routes, these neighborhoods are lively and trendy thanks to the two nearby universities with their several thousand students, and also the presence of several art museums, such as Ca’ Rezzonico, the Venetian 18th century museum, and the renown Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Once past the Grand Canal at the wooden Accademia Bridge (with spectacular views of famous palaces and the Salute Church), we’ll head into the elegant Sestiere di San Marco, with its open-air cafes, art galleries and antiques dealers, and glamorous boutiques.
After a short stop at La Fenice, the world-famous opera house reconstructed after the 1996 fire, we’ll reach the unmissable, unforgettable St. Mark’s Square (see description on Shore Excursion #1).
Our VENICE SHORE EXCURSION 2 can be done both in the morning and afternoon starting at around 9:30am or at 2:30pm.
The Basilica of St Mark is not open for visitors on Sunday mornings.
- Peaceful stroll into Dorsoduro area
- Campo Santa Margherita
- Accademia Bridge and Grand Canal
- St Mark’s Square and Basilica (on request, skipping the line)
- La Fenice overview
VENICE SHORE EXCURSION 2
By using the “People Mover” monorail from the Maritime Station to Piazzale Roma you’ll reach downtown Venice in no time. For further instructions check: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice-people-mover.htm
Your guide will wait for you at the Piazzale Roma “People Mover” Station to start exploring Venice on foot.
As you know, Venice is a completely pedestrian city, even bikes are not permitted, so walking is the only alternative to boat transportation, and it’s a wonderful alternative indeed. You just need a good pair of walking shoes or sandals, and a camera, and the rest will be your expert guide’s duty!
We propose two alternative itineraries, both three hours long, which will get you acquainted with the city without getting lost and without losing time.
Upon request, both tours can be also conducted in reverse, beginning in St. Mark’s Square and ending at Piazzale Roma.
Venice has a surface of 3.2 square miles, and consists of 118 small islands (partly natural, partly manmade) which are separated by over 150 canals. The islands are all connected by over 400 hundred bridges; a small city with a very dense urban composition.
The water filling the canals is the Adriatic Sea water, to which the Venetian lagoon is connected via three inlets. The population is approximately 51,000 (2021), and the main industry is unsurprisingly tourism!
The entire city is very safe, and walking its streets and alleyways, particularly the quiet backstreets, is a great visual experience. There’s so much history in every corner, making it easy to imagine Venetian life throughout the centuries.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- Short sleeves and kneee high pants and skirts are ok
- No sleeveless and no shorts/skirts above the knee
- Better if you don’t bring any backpack with you.
- During Sunday morning Mass and other Catholic Holidays there will be no access to St Mark’s Basilica
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 330 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties. For larger parties send us an email!
- Admission fees per person:
- St Mark’s Basilica: 7 euros