This tour will take you right to the heart of Venice, visiting the famous water city from two unique perpectives: first through a walking tour, which will take us among some of the most beautiful and hidden places surrounding St Mark's Square. Then, through a gondola ride admiring the reflection games and the majestic facades dotting the channels. A unique way to discover Venice away from the crowded alleys and admiring it from the water.
Our walk among the beauties of Venice will take us to discover some of its more famous sites as well as hidden gems.
The first highlight is St. Mark’s square, with the description of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie (only external).
From St. Mark’s square we will move forward to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where we will admire the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church with the famous Pantheon. Follow the Scuola Grande di San Marco also knowns as “Great School of Charity” (the Captains of Fortune). Last but not least, head back to St. Mark’s and admire the Malibran Theatre, step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life back in time, nowadays Venice’s main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.
The second part of the tour will let us literally slide into the deepest side of venice, admiring it from a unique perspective: the water.
Maybe not maybe people know that the gondola is one of the main symbols of Venice, as emblematic of the famous water city as mysterious in its origins. Not many people know that at the beginning this unique vessel was different from the one we can admire today, changing across time together with the city it is associated to. Of course, the history of the gondola is deeply bounded to the one of Venice.
Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on Earth, it is built through unique techniques and that each part of it also has symbolic meanings. For example, its multi-pronged ferro, or prow, does have five or six “pettini”, symbolic of the six “sestieri” in which Venice is divided into. The function of this part made of iron is to balance gondoliere’s weigh and it has an “S” shape evoking the flow of the Canal Grande.
Not only elegance and beauty then, a whole world embodied into this boat nowadays symbol of Venice.
Let yourself experience in first person the gondola through this tour.
An enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the colors, lights, sights, charm and beauty of Venice. We will admire elegant bank-side palaces, unique bridges and breath the charming and magic atmosphere that only a town built on water can give you.
Board assistance will be provided, no commentary included during the ride. We will take a place on the Gondola ( max 6 people per Gondola, shared one ) and let the local gondolier, with his distinctive blue and white striped shirt, bring us along the hidden channels of Venice.
Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to six people for each one) so the gondola might be shared with other people
- St Mark's Square (external)
- Santa Maria Formosa
- Campo and Church SS. Giovanni e Paolo
- Gondola ride among the little channels around St Mark's Square area and then on the Grand Canal