If you have never been to Venice before, this tour is a wonderful introduction to perhaps its most famous attraction - St. Mark's Square.
Arriving by motor launch, you will approach the square on foot, crossing over several classic Venetian-style bridges. St. Mark's Basilica, one of the world's finest examples of Byzantine architecture, dominates the square. Begun in the late 11th century to replace a more modest church, it was used solely by the Doge for state ceremonies, only becoming the city's cathedral in 1807. Inside, note the gilded mosaics, intricately patterned floors, and Golden Pall altarpiece, a Gothic masterpiece embedded with gems. While your guide will explain the history and features from the exterior of the Cathedral, your inside visit is not guided.
In the nearby Doge's Palace, which served as a residence for the rulers of Venice, you will climb the enormous Stairway of the Giants. It leads to several rooms richly decorated with paintings by masters such as Tintoretto and Titian. Afterwards, cross over the infamous Bridge of Sighs to the ancient prison on the other side, which once held inmates including Casanova.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 2-hours of extensive walking and standing. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Proper attire is required for an interior visit to the Church and clothing must cover the shoulders and knees. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are strongly suggested. Guests are encouraged not to bring excessive or large bags with them as there are extensive security searches at the Doges' Palace and Cathedral. The Cathedral is not open for interior visits on Sundays.