Essential Venice private tour offers…the essential!
Since the early days of the glorious Venetian Republic, the Doge’s Palace was the seat of the government, as well as the house of the head of State of Venice. Impressive rooms, decorated with huge allegorical paintings both on the walls and on the ceilings, illustrate the story of the rise, glory and fall of Venice. This extremely rich decoration was conceived to overawe foreign ambassadors and dignitaries visiting the Palace for diplomatic missions.
You will cross the celebrated Bridge of Sighs to explore the “new” Prison of Venice, and will see some of the cells where prisoners were shut in.
From the Palace you will then get to the Square of Saint Mark and visit the golden Basilica of St. Mark displays a surface of 86,000 square feet of gleaming mosaics. There you will admire the impressive Golden Screen (Pala d’Oro), a magnificent altarpiece made of enameled golden panels. Especially relevant are the almost 2,000 precious stones enriching the screen.
The second part of Essential Venice tour is a welcome break from the packed streets of of Venice, to see the city from the comfort of a private boat. You will realize how important is the Lagoon of Venice, a peculiar environment which is the outcome of a dynamic process of interaction between man and nature.
You will reach now the island of Murano, which became the center of glass production since 1291. Furnaces and glass craftsmen were moved from Venice to the island as a step to prevent fires in Venice. As a result of competition, the skill of glass masters grew, achieving an unequalled fame.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the best known glass factories where the authentic production takes place. There will be time for shopping before returning to Venice, while passing by the ancient glorious Shipyard, and the island of Lido.
DURATION: 5 hours
THE PRICE OF ESSENTIAL VENICE TOUR INCLUDES:
- The service of a certified tour guide for 5 hours
- Admissions to the Doge’s Palace
- Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica of St Mark
- Admissions to the Pala d’Oro (Golden Screen)
- Private water taxi for the boat tour (1 hour)
- Visit to Murano glass factory
- Ride back to Venice