Our guide will meet you in Saint Marco Square to start your full immersion in the history of this incredible city! Starting from the largest square in the city, the guide will describe you all the monuments around (only outside): St Marcos Basilica, the bell tower and the Procuratie. Saint Marcos Basilica was commissioned in 1071 and built in Venetian-Byzantine style, a mixture of western and eastern styles.Nicknamed the "Church of Gold" because of its opulence, it has been the seat of the Patriarch of Venice. The Bell tower, that stands 98.6 meters tall (323 ft) and is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. The Procuratie, located along the square, are buildings that housed the apartments and offices of the procurators.The visit will continue inside the Doges Palace, official residence inVeniceof the doges, who were the elected leaders of the formerVenetian republic. This impressive structure, built around a courtyard and richly decorated, was the meeting place of the governing councils and ministries of the republic. In its successive rebuildings, thepalaceincorporated characteristics of Gothic, Moorish, andRenaissance architecture.
Our guide will accompany in this journey into the beautiful decorated halls where you can admire paintings by Tiziano,Tintoretto and Veronese. Learn about the history of the city and the important decisions took in these rooms by the Council who made great the Venetian Republic. At last but not least, you will walk across the Bridge of Sighs as the enemies of the Republic did before being locked up in the prisons. Thanks to our tour, you will relive the ancient atmosphere of the Serenissima Republic of Venice!
After filling your eyes with much beauty, you will delight your taste buds with our wine tasting! Venice's region is very famous for its wine production and, after your guided tour, you will have the chance to taste three local wines with typical appetizers in a traditional venetian wine parlor.