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Venice Deluxe Tour

Highlights
  • Experience Venice’s gorgeous architecture on a half-day walking tour
  • See landmarks like Piazza San Marco and of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
  • Learn about the city’s history and culture from an informative guide
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Venice Deluxe Tour
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Overview
Explore the magnificent architecture, fascinating history, and rich culture of Venice on a half-day walking tour. Visit landmarks like the home of the great explorer, Marco Polo, the recently renovated T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the spiral staircase of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, and Venice’s vibrant center, Piazza San Marco. Learn the city’s stories and secrets from an informative guide and enjoy skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica.
What to Expect
Travel back in time and learn how this island city became a crossroads of civilizations and Queen of the Seas.
This exclusive 3-hour walking tour will take you through a maze of narrow streets and gently flowing canals from Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice to the Renaissance Church of Santa Maria Formosa, built on the site where the Holy Virgin allegedly appeared to St. Magnus, the church’s founder, as a magnificent matron. Just across the square from the church, you will also get a glimpse of the majestic foyer of an 18th century palace, resplendent with magnificent Murano glass chandeliers. Just a few steps from this lively Campo will take you to the medieval buildings of Marco Polo’s House,  one of the city’s most famous sons.
The next stop will be at the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the newest architectural renovation in Venice and latest addition to stylish shopping in the city. Once a palace-cum-warehouse that was the headquarters for German merchants starting from the 13th century, it has been metamorphosed into a luxury lifestyle department store and center of culture overlooking the Grand Canal.
The hustle and bustle of the commercial district is epitomised  by the Rialto Bridge, the oldest  bridge over the Grand Canal, still lined with shops  as it was in the Middle Ages and affording a breathtaking view of the magnificent palaces lining the canal banks.
 
On the way back to St. Mark’s Square, pause for a minute to admire the spiral staircase of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and then reach the pulsating heart of the city – Piazza San Marco.
 
The only square in Venice called piazza and the hub of political power for centuries, it showcases the most iconic Venetian buildings – St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
With this skip-the-line tour, walk through the spectacular rooms of the Doge’s Palace literally lined with priceless masterpieces, and see the halls of power in which the government of the Most Serene Republic convened.
After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, your guide will walk you through St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. The glittering mosaics of the interior tell the story of St. Mark and episodes from the Bible. Its most famous treasure stands in the sanctuary -- the Pala d'Oro, a golden altar screen encrusted with pearls and jewels (admittance ticket not included).  
 
End your visit at an artistic glass furnace just off St. Mark’s Square where you will enjoy a spectacular glass blowing demonstration with a detailed explanation of this ancient handicraft. Stunning examples of blown glass pieces are on display in the adjoining showrooms.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Antonio was exceptional!!

Antonio was truly exceptional. He is a genuine Venetian with vast knowledge of the history and culture. Our tour of Venice was a wonderful and enriching experience. Thank you Antonio!

Date of experience: December 2018
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AntonioB6003, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It was great to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for your review! I hope to welcome you in Venice again soon!

Reviewed 16 December 2018
TRUE VENETIAN

He was my first choice based on all the positive reviews and his website. And it turned out, that we could not get a better guide. True Venetian, growing up in Venice, knows every corner... streets, quality art shops, coffee shops, restaurants and hidden attraction...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AntonioB6003, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful remarks. I apologize for the delay in responding, but I am still trying to learn to navigate this system. It was a real pleasure for me to share my love for this city with you, and I am...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018
Antonio Barbini - The Doge of Venice

My wife & I spent 4 glorious days in Venice where our guided tour with the mellifluous Antonio was probably the highlight of the visit. Antonio is a superb wordsmith with a very witty outlook on his beloved city and life. We were treated to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank 365antonym
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

What can I say? Thank you, thank you, thank you again. You are flattering me, and your words are too, too kind. Being called a wordsmith is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love languages in general, but English will...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile
Five Star 👌

Booked for my myself and my 2 children, 12 and 8. Antonio, a Venetian himself, spoke perfect English, had so much knowledge and passion that it kept all of us engaged for the entire tour (3 hours is a long time for an 8 year...More

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Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely review, and thank you very much for your remarks on my English, which, coming from you, make me particularly proud. I am also happy that I managed to keep the children interested, as it is often difficult for them to...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Tour with Antonio

Over 100 reviews at 5 stars says it all! Antonio is brilliant fun, knowledgable and extremely interesting. My wife and I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning touring the St Mark's square area with him and would highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely review it is much appreciated. It is a great pleasure to know that you enjoyed your visit and I sincerely hope to see you again in Venice.

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