An essential introduction to the unique city’s most renowned canals, squares, and bridges. Led by an expert scholar in history, art, or architecture.
Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica and the St. Mark's Museum included!
Our three-hour introductory tour is meant to help first-time visitors familiarize themselves with Venice’s unique landscape and origins. In the company of a scholar in history, art, or architecture (let us know your interests), you’ll explore how the city of Venice grew from a series of tiny islands to the most powerful republic of its day. Our team has taken care of all the details, including skip-the-line access to several venues, to ensure a seamless journey through these monumental landmarks.
Where better to start your journey than in Piazza San Marco (also known as St. Mark’s Square), considered the heart of Venice. You’ll discuss its role as Venice’s most renowned public space, and its history as a social and political center. You’ll of course make your way to St. Mark's Basilica, where we’ll use our skip-the-line tickets to bypass the crowds and enter straight away, where you’ll explore the Pala D'Oro and the terraces. Your visit to the square will conclude in front of Doge’s Palace where your expert guide will help dissect the building’s unique design.
Upon exiting the Square, you’ll wander through some of Venice’s lesser known, but breathtaking, canalside alleyways, listening to stories of Venice’s rich history as you admire the unique architecture and landmarks like Campo Santa Maria Formosa. You may also pass by Marco Polo’s reported ancestral home, Corte del Milion, on your way to the beautiful Fondaco dei Tedeschi, and ultimately, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. By the end of the tour, you’ll have an understanding of the layout of the city, the history of the Republic, and some practical tips to use for the rest of your stay in Venice.
- St. Mark’s Square
- St. Mark’s Basilica (interior and exterior)
- Doge’s Palace (exterior)
- Corte del Milion (exterior)
- Fondaco dei Tedeschi (exterior)
- Rialto Bridge