Type of tour:

Orientation Tour with skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Church

The itinerary is a combination of the main sighs in St Mark’s Square (including St Mark’s Basilica inside) and some quiet backstreets in the residential neighbourhood off the beaten tracks. See the itinerary on the MAP

Read here the full Tour Description

Is this your first time in Venice and you need a rough idea of where you are? This tour will provide you an overview of the highlights of Venice, between the myth of the glorious past and the everyday life of the present.

The meeting point is in St Mark’s Square, gorgeous theatre of the golden age of Venice: we will tell you something of the origins of this extraordinary city build on hundreds islands in the middle of a lagoon and while admiring the opulent façade of the Doge’s Palace, we will try to describe the rising of St Mark’s Republic.

After visiting the sumptuous St Mark’s Basilica , with its thousands of square meters of gold mosaics and it byzantine atmosphere, we will leave the crowded square to start a nice stroll in the enchanting back streets, throughout the district Castello and Cannargio. You will see with your own eyes where the famous Marco Polo was born, and the façade of the amazing Scuola San Marco and the Church San Giovanni e Paolo; you will hear stories about illustrious Venetian characters of the past but you will also get in touch with the living present. Our walk will end up at the feet of the Rialto Bridge and all your questions will be welcomed!

  Tour duration: 

approx. 2 hours

ice and cancellation policy:

Please see Info&Contacs.

  Skip the line:

Available (and highly recommended) for St Mark’s Church from April 1st to October 31st (€3 per person): instructions to book on line will be provided.

But please be informed that in case of “acqua alta” (flooding) or special events, the church might be closed without warning or the skip-the-line access may not be guaranteed.

   IMPORTANT: Dress code 

Please note that you must be properly dressed to enter churches (no shorts, no miniskirts, no bare shoulders); backpacks are not allowed inside Saint Mark’s church: outside locker-rooms are free of charge.


This itinerary can be combined with other tours and can be combined with one of the additional kid-friendly activities that we suggest.

  Shore excursion 
for cruise travellers

This tour can be arranged as part of an excursion from the Cruise Terminal.

  Meeting Point: 

St Mark’s Square, by the exit of the Doge’s Palace (see google map), your hotel lobby, railway station or wherever it is more convenient.

For more info and Booking 

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