Join local tour guide Federica as we learn about St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most opulent churches, often known as ‘The Church of Gold’. Known for its long lines and incredible gilded interiors, St. Mark’s is a symbol of historical Venetian power. We will learn about the Basilica’s history, see its grandeur and learn about the controversial acquisition of its relics.
We will explore the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in Venice, the original Rialto Bridge was built from broken gondolas in 1181. Rebuilt into its present stone edition in 1591 It connects the central Rialto neighbourhood to Saint Mark’s. The wonderful bridge is normally overflowing with tours, vendors and chaos but your guide will provide you with the bridge without the crowds.
It is impossible to speak on Venice without talking about their famous boats. These small wooden vessels have been guiding Venetians through their hundreds of canals for centuries. Learn how these symbols of romance are built and why they are so popular.
Venice did not have kings and queens, for over 1,000 years the Venetian Republic was ruled by the Doge who ruled from the aptly named Doge’s Palace. This enormous castle is located right next to St. Mark’s Basilica in St. Mark’s Square and was the political and administrative capitol building of Venice from 1340 until 1797 when Napoleon took the city. The Palace though maybe most known for its use as a prison, especially its infamous cells “I Piombi” or “The leads” where prisoners, including Casanova, were kept.
Finally, we will visit the neighbouring islands of Murano, a short boat ride from Venice, known for its famous glass making, the area has been creating glass marvels for centuries. We will learn about the glass blowing experience and how the artisans of Murano stand apart from others.
Join us at 6.30pm.
Standard Tickets £20
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