A visit to Venice should begin, as this one does, with a walk around St. Mark’s Square and a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Decorated on the outside with Byzantine mosaic renditions of scenes from the life of Christ and the history of the relics of Saint Mark, and on the inside with.4,000 square meters of golden mosaics and marble floor inlays, the Basilica is unique in the world, and your guide will introduce you to the many Byzantine art treasures that it contains. The terrace of the cathedral offers a panoramic view of the square, the lagoon, and the world-famous horse statues, looted from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. At the adjacent Doge’s Palace, the heart of the Republic of Venice and the seat from which Venice's ruler wielded power over a great economic empire, are the lavish apartments of the Duke, or Doge. You will visit the Hall of the Great Council, with its beautiful Tintoretto and Veronese frescoes, and see the prisons where enemies of state, including Giacomo Casanova, were held (and in his case escaped). The Armory contains a large and valuable collection of historical armaments used by the palace guards, and the Bridge of Sighs, which connects Palace interrogation rooms with cells for common criminals, offers a romantic yet dolorous view through small windows of the beautiful Venice lagoon. Navigating through narrow streets, you will reach some of the most beautiful churches of the city: San Zaccaria, SS. Giovanni e Paolo, and the “Miracoli” Church. The tour continues through the peaceful, picturesque, and pleasant Cannaregio district, home of the famous Venetian painter Tintoretto and the site of the old Jewish ghetto. You will pass the house of Marco Polo and the Fontego dei Tedeschi, where Germans traded their merchandise, and end your tour at the incomparable Rialto bridge.
- This is a private tour, for your group only
- Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
- St. Mark’s Square and Basilica
- Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line tickets
- Bridge of Sighs
- The Cannaregio neighborhood
- The house of Tintoretto
- The world’s first Jewish Ghetto
- The Rialto Bridge
- Modest attire is required in churches and basilicas; knees and shoulders must be covered.
- Large bags and umbrellas are not allowed in some museums, and retrieving checked items could affect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary.
- Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour requires a fair amount of walking.
- Is there a dress code I should know about?
- There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as storage accommodations are not usually available.
- What if there is bad weather?
- Our tours operate rain or shine!
- Is tipping customary in Italy?
- Tipping is not as customary in Italy as in the United States and is not always expected. However, it is always a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave "a little something extra," depending on the level of service you receive.
- What happens after I've requested a booking through your website?
- Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
- Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
- Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
- Can tours be modified?
- If you would prefer to customize your tour to eliminate some sites, please feel free to contact us to discuss options.
- How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
- Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
- What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
- Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
- How do I amend a reservation?
- Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
- Is your site secure?
- Our internet site uses the SSL encryption protocol to guarantee secure transactions and complete confidentiality. We use a security certificate issued by the Security Management Company, Control Scan.
- What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
- Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.