Highlights of this tour
- The Doge’s palace
- St Mark’s basilica
Your San Marco and Doge’s Palace walking tour starts from the moment you meet your guide at the San Marco square. This tour avoids all bridges without ramps or steep paths, which makes it accessible to people who are depending on a wheelchair or travelers with reduced mobility.
This tour is also possible from the cruise port. You find your transfer guide by the sign she is holding with your name on it. She takes you with the people mover (tram line) to San Marco square. This square is where you meet your officially licensed guide for the tour. At the end of the trip, your transfer guide brings you back to the cruise terminal.
Your guide shares all the secrets about this mesmerizing city. You see the famous San Marco cathedral which is near the San Marco Square, in Italian: Piazza San Marco. Since this is the lowest point in Venice, it often floods when the Adriatic Sea level rises. A phenomenon that usually happens during the winter and spring.
You enter the cathedral using ramps on the backside. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of this majestic building. Via a ramp, you enter the Madonna Nicopeia chapel, and you can use the elevator on request. The elevator brings you to “quadriga,” the four copper horses during the Fourth Crusade. The interior is mostly gold-colored. For this reason, the locals gave it the nickname: “Chiesa d’Oro,” or Golden Church.
Other things you see during this tour are the gondolas that are making their way through the narrow water passages. And Doge’s palace.
The Doge was the most important magistrate and leader of Venice. He was chosen for life by the nobility of the city. Usually, the selected Doge was the smartest and the oldest in Venice. Be impressed by the architecture. Experience the beautiful artworks in this palace.
The only part that is not completely step-free is the bridge connecting to the new prisons. The elevator works on request, and at the Doge’s apartments, you find several temporary exhibitions. Enjoy the paintings, sculptures, and the enormous marble facade made by the artists Titian, Tintoretto, and Bellini.
After you have learned everything, there is to know about these magical places, your guide drops you off at your hotel.
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