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Venice: All-in-One Highlights Tour including Gondola Ride

1. Venice: All-in-One Highlights Tour including Gondola Ride

Experience the wonders of Venice on a guided walking tour past city highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and Doge’s Palace. Float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride. Select either a private or group tour and set out to discover Venice. Meet your guide at Santa Lucia station for group tours, or at any location of your choice for our private tours, and begin your Venice adventure. Get your camera ready for your stroll through one of the world's most romantic cities. Walk across the first bridge and pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval. Make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. Cross the grand Rialto Bridge and take in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Be awed by the grandeur of the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica and its clock tower and the Campinale (bell tower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Hop aboard a gondola and step back in time on this mode of travel that was once regularly used by upper class Venetians. Take in views of the city from the water and pass under romantic bridges. Finish your tour in St Mark's Square.

Venice: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

2. Venice: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

With its awe-inspiring array of domes, arches and turrets, there is no mistaking St. Mark’s basilica. Dominating the piazza of the same name, St. Mark’s stands at the very epicentre of the city. And it looks even more spectacular at night. On our night tour of St. Mark’s, you’ll meet your guide in beautiful St. Mark’s Square, for centuries the spiritual and political centre of Venice - the Doge’s palace also stands silent watch over the piazza. To start our tour, your guide will explain the significance of the square to the history and geography of the city - for good reason Napoleon described the Piazza as the ‘drawing room of Europe,’ and the elegant cafes that line the square, including Caffe Quadri and famous Caffe Florian, have lost none of their old-world charm. During our time in the piazza we’ll learn about some of the other highlights on show here, including the stunning Torre dell’Orologio - a Renaissance clock tower decorated with fabulous sculptures, as well as St. Mark’s Campanile, the soaring 12th-century brick bell tower that is still the tallest building in Venice.

Venice: Highlights of Venice City Exploration Game

3. Venice: Highlights of Venice City Exploration Game

Take the role of a burglar on a mission and visit St. Mark’s, the central neighborhood of Venice on this phone exploration game. Solve clues and unlock stories as you discover Ponte della Paglia, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Clocktower, and more. The city game starts at Ponte della Paglia. The story unfolds as you solve challenges, with step-by-step directions on your phone guiding you to the next location.  It will take you between 1-1,5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game. The game concludes at Palazzo Bellavite.

Venice: St. Mark's Square Private Tour with Bell Tower View

4. Venice: St. Mark's Square Private Tour with Bell Tower View

On a tour led by an expert guide, discover the most beautiful and famous monuments of Venice around the area of St. Mark's Square. You'll see the outside of the majestic St. Mark's Basilica — one of the most incredible cathedrals of the world — and of the Doge's Palace, formerly the Doge's residence and seat of Venetian government.   Follow your guide until you reach the famous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) and learn everything about its interesting history and the romantic legends. In St. Mark's Square, you'll also see the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio), with its extraordinarily beautiful and elaborate timepiece. Towards the end of the tour, you'll get the chance to take the elevator up to St. Mark's Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco). A sight to behold at 99 meters tall, this has the best view over the city and its lagoon.

Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

5. Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

Take a walking tour with a professional private guide to explore one of the most celebrated piazzas in the world. St. Mark’s Square is surrounded on 3 sides by magnificent structures such as the 15th-century Clock Tower, the Procuratie Vecchie, Procuratie Nuove and Ala Napoleonica. On the fourth side stands the outstanding St. Mark’s Basilica, with its Clock Tower rising above the open area known as the Mercerie. Your guide will tell you about the history and architectural styles of the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Correr Museum and the Bridge of Sighs. St. Mark’s Bell Tower is the highest structure in Venice. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been rebuilt several times since. It unexpectedly crashed to the ground in 1902 and was rebuilt following the original design, incorporating the ancient bells. The Bridge of Sighs connects the Palazzo delle Prigioni and Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. It is called the Bridge of Sighs because in times past, convicts were forced to enter prison through this bridge. According to the legend when they had their last glimpse of Venice they would let out a sigh. Visit the interior of St. Mark's Basilica to admire its many treasures, including the Pala d’Oro, the statues, amazing glass and carvings.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

6. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Video

7. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Video

With our interactive map you will be able to move from one point to another in the historic center without time constraints: only you will decide what to see and when. Our private local guide will accompany you, through your smartphone, for the entire tour, providing you with all the curiosities, anecdotes and useful tips to experience the city at its best. You will be able to start your tour at the time you want and choose the monuments of your interest included in the itinerary, moving between stops without ever getting lost thanks to our geolocated directions. Unmissable stops will be the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square, one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the stunning Basilica, the Doge's Palace, home of the doges, the Campanile, from the top of which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of water, the Clock Tower. But if you really want to discover all the wonders of Venice's historic center, choose this unmissable Interactive Tour: art, bridges, canals and gondolas will make your eyes sparkle.

Venice: Private Tour of Casanova Sites

8. Venice: Private Tour of Casanova Sites

The history of Venice is full of iconic characters and Giacomo Casanova is surely the most famous of them. His complicated life, with countless love affairs, travels through Europe and even an assignment as a spy for the Republic of Venice, made Casanova the symbol of the Venetian eighteenth century. The tour will start from St. Mark's Square, under the clock tower: from this point you will pass through the commercial district of the city, the Mercerie, to reach Campo San Bartolomeo. Here you will have the pleasure to 'meet' another fundamental character of the Venetian eighteenth century, the playwright Carlo Goldoni and his bronze sculpture. An interesting fact is that Goldoni knew Casanova’s mother very well, the actress Zanetta Farussi, since she played the leading role in many of his plays! From there you will cross Rialto Bridge and reach the quarter of San Polo, where you will visit the Rialto market, the place that Casanova and many young Venetians used to frequent after a night of feasting. Not far from here is Castelletto, the historic red light district of Venice, in which you will take a break at the famous Osteria Ae do Spade (or at another Osteria if this is closed). Here, while you will be enjoying a glass of wine and a typical Venetian appetizer, our guide will tell you interesting stories about the famous Venetian libertine. Then, you will cross the Grand Canal by gondola and visit important places in Casanova’s life. In Cannaregio, for example, lived C.C., one of the greatest loves of his life, and Casanova himself spent many years of his life in Palazzo Bragadin, when an important senator protected him. The last step of your journey through the adventurous life of Giacomo Casanova will be in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, with the Palazzo Querini Stampalia, once home to two great friends of Giacomo, Angelo and Andrea Querini, and now converted into an important museum.

Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

9. Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Belltower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way. You'll be escorted by your private guide during a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. Discover the hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo’s house, and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “Calle”, to encounter hidden away treasures. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

10. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Enjoy a stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a day trip to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided walking tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Basilica, and Frari Chapel. Have the option to add a gondola ride to round off your experience. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned bus with plenty of room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your walking tour. Stroll across the first bridge and make your way to the San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Next, stop at Campo San Polo, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for carnival. Head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage, or if you select the optional gondola experience, begin your ride through the city's canals before collecting your luggage.

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What people are saying about St. Mark's Clocktower

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 889 reviews

Our tour was very educational and beautiful! Our tour guide was patient, answered every question and very enthusiastic! She explained the art of the mosaic beautifully. We got to see the crypt of St. Mark as well as the pala d’ oro, a wonderful gem masterpiece in the 12th century. We went underground beneath the alter and saw possibly the originally stone of the church. The mosaics on the floor were one of the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen. Our tour guide had us imagine the times and helped you visualize what it took to make this beautiful basilica. From getting booty from the 4th crusades, to explaining the politics, religion and families that influence the church; the tour was simply amazing!

The Basillica and Doges tour was spectacular but skip the boat ride...

We really enjoyed the tour of the Basillica and Doges Palace. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. She was also very good at answering all our questions. The boat tour was another matter. I would not waste my time . The boat was small and unless you were willing to stand for the whole tour, the sight lines were miserable. The tour leader was very unpleasant and the entire time I was on the boat I wished it was over. So uncomfortable .

Highly recommended tour & guide, very knowledgeable and engaging! Effortlessly guided us in around labyrinth of Venice pointing out many interesting items that we surely would not have found out. Leaned so much and tailored to out interests. Bravo!

Angel a great guide. A provilegio go with her around the environment and climb without queues

We enjoyed the story and the quizzes. A few were tricky but the hints got us through!