A full taste of Venice

The very best in one day

Having a full taste of Venice in one single day? Impossible is nothing.

St. Mark’s Basilica: magnificent icon of the city and brilliant treasure chest for the relics of the Saint after whom it is named. Be prepared to walk under the golden mosaic domes and discover one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftmanship, a masterpiece by generations of Venetian Goldsmiths: the “Pala d’Oro”.

You will enjoy the view from the terrace and find the original horses which are kept inside, and their interesting story.

The guide will then accompany you to the Doge’s Palace, our "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government.

It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. You will pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini.

You will hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by the Venetian legends as you walk through the narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, about Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

A private gondola will then cradle you through the smaller canals, the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water, listening to your guide’s descriptions.

And at the end,  just a short walk to the waterfront to be picked-up by a private water taxi which will take you along the most spectacular street in the world: the Grand Canal, giving you a great overall view of the city covering many of the “sestieri” of the city.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • on Sunday morning the Basilica can be entered only to attend the Mass; the tour can therefore take place only after 2,00 p.m.
  • It is absolutely forbidden to bring suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags into the Basilica. Prior to your visit it is necessary to deposit any luggage at the Ateneo San Basso. The guide will give you correct instructions.
  • Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire. Visitor's clothing must be in keeping with the sacredness of the basilica: shorts, sleeveless dresses, low-cut and skimpy clothes are not allowed.
  • The Procuratoria di San Marco, which is the organ in charge with the baslica management, reserves the right to prohibit visits and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons, religious services not specified on the calendar and/or state visits.

 

Altana, typical Venetian terrace on the roof

Palazzo Barbarigo

St. Mark's Basilica as seen from the clock tower

St. Mark's Basilica terrace as seen from the clock tower

Hotel Bauer Palazzo

Cà Franchetti, better known as Cà D'oro

Cà Foscari, main seat of Venice University

The bell tower and the Doge's Palace 

Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

Cà Corner della Regina, seat of our Prefettura

Domes of St. Mark's Basilica at dawn

Ca' Dandolo, Hotel Danieli

Desdemona's house

Mariana library, the bell tower and the Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace and the lion pillar

Doge's Palace - inner court 

Doge's Palace - inner façade

Doge's Palace - window on the Riva side

Doge's Palace - inner court

Doge's Palace - inner court 

Doge's Palace - first floor loggia

Doge's Palace - first floor loggia

Doge's Palace - first floor loggia on the Piazzetta side

Doge's Palace as seen from a gondola

Doge's Palace - the golden stair

Rialto, erbaria - market area

Cà Farsetti and Cà Loredan, the oldest buildings on the Grand Canal, now seat of Venice Municipality

Cà Farsetti and Cà Loredan, the oldest buildings on the Grand Canal, now seat of Venice Municipality

Gondola in front of Cà Corner della Regina

Gondola

Gondola ride

Gondola at sunset

Gondole moored by Punta della Dogana

Bacino Orseolo, Gondolas parking spot

Cà Venier dei Leoni, the Peggy Guggenheim collection

St.mark's square as seen from the clock tower

St. Mark's square - procuratie

Palazzo Pisani-Moretta

Accademia bridge

Accademia bridge and Salute church

Rialto bridge

Church of Santa Maria della Salute

S. Giorgio Island

Sighs bridge