Florence la Bella
Murano & Burano
The Amalfi Coast
The Venetian Lagoon, created by the estuaries of the three rivieras and separated from the
Adriatic by a row of sand bars , is approximately 32, ˝ miles long.
Venice lies in the centre and there are some forty other islands in the lagoon.
Nearly half of them are deserted, some house market gardens and sanatoriums.
St. Mark’ s square (Piazza San Marco ) is undeniably the heart and soul of Venice and is
often described as the most elegant drawing room in Europe with its palatial
arcades, sumptuous buildings and charming cafes. It is the city’s widest open
area and is always wonderfully animated by various kinds of entertainment.
Transfer from the pier to the Venetian’s favourite square by launch from where the
guided walking tour will start. The
Byzantine facade of St. Mark’s Cathedral – one of the world most magnificent
churches – will immediately claim attention. It was originally constructed in
the 9th century to shelter the body of St. Mark the Patron Saint of Venice.
Only traces of the original structure remain and the present building, although
altered through the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, dates from the end of the
11th century. The exterior with its domes, pinnacles and bronze horses contrast
with its glowing interior of gold mosaics, elaborate carvings and graceful
The tour continues to the Doge’ s Palace, the former residence of the Dukes of Venice
and the seat of Venetian government from the 9th century until the fall of the Republic in 1797.
Although no traces of the 9th century
Byzantine structure remain, the present graceful palace – richly ornamented
both inside and out – date from the 14th century and is considered by many to
be the most exquisite in the world. A
visit up the famous Golden Staircase to marvel at the painting of Tintoretto and
Veronese and wander through the
echoing Great Council Chamber where one can enjoy a splendid panorama of the
St. Mark’s Basin from the balcony.
Crossing the attractively decorated and famous gateway, the Bridge of Sighs, which leads to
the prison across the Rio the Palazzo to view the dreaded cells. The bridge
originally named for the prisoner’s fate, is now often referred to for romance.
In and around the square are small workshops of the glass manufacturers and a
visit will be made to one of these before the tour is concluded. Return to the
ship will be by launch.
The tour lasts approximately 3 – 3 ˝ hours.
Note: Due to restrictions inside St. Mark’s Cathedral, no guided tour, no shorts or vests;
the guide will provide detailed commentary outside the church. As only small
groups are allowed to enter at a time, long queues can be experienced.
Walking Information: The guided walking tour involves approximately 1 miles of extensive walking on
cobblestone streets. The visit inside the Doge’s Palace involves a lot of stair climbing and whilst
the viewing rooms are treasure-filled, those
guests who feel they cannot climb the stairs may wait in the loggia until the
tour exits the palace. Comfortable shoes are suggested.
For operational reason the tour order may be reversed but all sights described will be visited.
Wheelchair Access: difficulty because of cobblestone streets and extensive walking.
Shopping information: Shops open from Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 13.00 / 16.00 to 19.30
shops close during lunchtime). Sunday shops are closed.
Restrooms: available at coffee shops and at the restaurant.
Dress Code: Casual wear and comfortable shoes: entrance to the Cathedral requires specific attire
guidelines: ladies must
cover knees and shoulders, while gentlemen’s attire must include pants/slacks or jeans only
09.00 Departure from pier (20 min. transfer by boat )
09.30 Arrival in St. Marco Square and beginning of the guided tour
12:00 Meeting point, for free time
12.30 Meeting with the escort to return to the Ship
13:00 Arrival to the port of Venice and back on board
The above timings are approximate and subject to weather and traffic
San Marco's Square
is the only true square in Venice all the other open areas are called "campi" ...
The Bell Tower
Inside the bell tower there are 5 large cast iron bells. Each bell has a name and a purpose... Marangona rang mornings and evenings at the beginning
and end of the work day, Maleficio rang for capital
executions, Nona rang at the 9th hour,
Trottiera called magistrates to meetings in the
Palazzo Ducale, and the bell of Pregadi called senators to
Discovery of the city will a real pleasure for anyone...