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San Giorgio Maggiore

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Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Vatican Chapels Visit

1. Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Vatican Chapels Visit

Escape the crowds of central Venice and explore the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, "the pearl of Venice."  It is a perfect, quiet area to enjoy the beauty of Venice and to immerse yourself in history. With this 1-hour tour, you will admire the most important places in the monumental complex of Giorgio Cini Foundation and discover exceptional art heritage, outside the usual tourist areas. Just a few minutes by bus-boat from Piazza San Marco you will experience the fascinating atmosphere of the complex as you listen to your video-guide (included in the admission cost and available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish). Your small tour group (25 people maximum) will be escorted through the areas of the complex by a multi-lingual staff member. During your visit, you will be able to admire the main places in the complex, including: • Cloister of Palladio, completed after Andrea Palladio’s death in the 17th century • Cloister of the Buora family, an example of early Renaissance architecture designed by Giovanni and Andrea Buora • Palladian cenacle, an ancient Benedictine refectory where Paolo Veronese painted the Wedding in Cana, the original artwork is now on display in the Louvre • Longhena's Grand Staircase, completed in 1671 to provide access to the library and abbots’ apartments the staircase is positioned between two cloisters and furnished with magnificent wooden bookcases by Franz Pauc • Nuova Manica Lunga, the old dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, transformed into a stupendous, light-filled library After the tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, your audio guide experience will continue of a tour of the "wood" of the island. See the 10 Vatican Chapels, which were designed by 10 internationally-reknowned architects. Hear an introduciton from H. Em. Gianfranco Ravasi. Admire the drawings and models of the "chapel in the wood" by Asplund. Learn about the 10 chapels and the architects who designed them.

Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

2. Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Enjoy a romantic adventure in Venice and climb aboard a beautiful Venetian boat to cruise around the city as the sun sets. Depart from central Venice and head for the islands of St. Andrea and Vignole. You will then cruise along the Lido, heading towards the quiet islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. Between Giudecca and San Giorgio you will be served a glass of sparkling Prosecco to sip as you take in breathtaking views of the Salute Church and St. Mark's Square. Watch as the sun descends in the sky and paints the beautiful architecture and waters of the lagoon shades of red, orange, and amber. Return through St. Elena and the Arsenale as your captain tells the history of Venice and its islands.

Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth Visit

3. Venice: Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth Visit

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of San Giorgio Maggiore Island with an audio-guided tour of the home of the Giorgio Cini Foundation and Borges Labyrinth. Meet your tour leader and get kitted out with your audioguide before heading to the monumental complex of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Start your visit at Palladio's Refectory where you can admire Paolo Veronese’s Wedding at Cana facsimile, the photography room, and the Longhena staircase. Continue to the former Benedictine Monastery and see how the building has been transformed and restored to its former beauty. Finally, head to the Borges Labyrinth. Here, enter the surreal world of writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Make your way to the center of the 1-kilometer long path, made with 3200 boxwood plants, and learn more about the path's most emblematic symbols with the help of your audioguide.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

4. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice: Boat Tour with Grand Canal and San Giorgio Maggiore

5. Venice: Boat Tour with Grand Canal and San Giorgio Maggiore

Cruise past all of Venice’s most spectacular basilicas and palaces and under its historic bridges on this 2-hour tour package. Take in sights such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Cemetery of San Michele, the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, the Accademia Bridge, the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, the Madonna dell’Orto Church, and the Salute Church. As you pass by these iconic sites your guide will provide commentary about the unique maritime history of this amazing city. Next you’ll head off the traditional route and stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where you’ll have postcard-picture views of St. Mark’s Square. After visiting the interior of the stunning Basilica you’ll have the option of climbing the Bell Tower (or taking the elevator). From the top of the Tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up an incredible vista of the city that stretches away from you. This tour is all about seeing Venice the from water level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of no more than 9 people and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, discovering the wonders of the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.

Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

6. Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

Dive into Dorsoduro, Venice's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out local points of interest such as Palazzo Zenobio degli Armeni and San Giorgio Island. Admire local street ar and spot some hidden architectural gems. See and learn about the lesser-known areas of Venice. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Venice: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Venice: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting labyrinth of canals, where history and romance intertwine – Venice, the floating city! Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of this Italian masterpiece with our Venice Self-Guided Audio Tour. Picture yourself gliding through narrow waterways, guided by whispers of tales that echo through centuries-old palaces and hidden corners waiting to be discovered. As you embark on this immersive journey, let the serenade of gondoliers and the gentle lapping of water be your soundtrack. Our expertly crafted audio tour invites you to wander through the iconic St. Mark's Square, where the grandeur of the Basilica and the Doge's Palace unfolds like a living canvas. Traverse the enchanting neighborhoods of Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and beyond, each step a brushstroke in the vibrant tapestry of Venetian life. This isn't just a tour; it's an invitation to explore Venice on your terms. Feel the secrets of the city unfold as you uncover hidden gems, savor the aroma of authentic Venetian cuisine, and marvel at the craftsmanship of Murano glass. With the freedom to pause and play at your leisure, you're not just a visitor; you're a storyteller, crafting your own narrative along the Grand Canal. Learn more about the top 13 tourist attractions in Venice. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station and then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station 2. Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari 3. Scuola Grande di San Rocco 4. Ca' Rezzonico 5. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute 6. Teatro La Fenice 7. Campanile di San Marco 8. Torre dell'Orologio 9. Basilica di San Marco 10. Doge's Palace 11. Ponte dei Sospiri 12. San Giorgio Maggiore 13. Ponte di Rialto So, don your headphones, press play, and let the magic of Venice envelop you. From the majestic Rialto Bridge to the charming alleys of the Jewish Ghetto, our Self-Guided Audio Tour promises an unforgettable voyage through the heart of a city that defies the boundaries between dream and reality. Venice beckons – let the adventure begin, and may each audio whisper guide you deeper into its timeless allure.

Venice Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

8. Venice Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the heart and soul of Venice on the best walking tour of San Marco (the Old Town). Discover the highlights of Venetian architecture, history, culture, Renaissance art, food and wine with a passionate Local Guide, and immerse yourself in amazing stories about Marco Polo, da Vinci, Vivaldi, Tintoretto, Casanova, and more! Experience Venice and its top sights at yout own pace! Book a 2-hour tour to discover the best things to do in Venice, from famous bridges, to majestic palaces, to awe-inspiring churches. Explore the famous Piazza San Marco, the central square of St. Mark. Do you know how often the Basilica of St. Mark is flooded by the tide? Or who is the only person who escaped from the prison of the Doge's Palace? Or how does the Astrological Clock of Torre dell'Orologio work? Don't worry as your Expert-Guide will tell you all about this and more interesting facts about the Republic of Venice, the Venice Carnival, and more. You will admire the views of the Grand Canal and San Giorgio Maggiore, then head deep into the maze of Venice's narrow streets to discover top sights such as Teatro La Fenice, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio, and Campo Santo Stefano. The final stop will be Ponte dell'Accademia, a popular spot for photographers and lovers. Book a 3-hour tour to learn more about Venice and visit San Zaccaria, a hidden gem of San Marco. It is one of the most decorated churches in town,with many beautiful Gothic and Renaissance sacred artworks. Another highlight will be crossing the iconic Rialto Bridge, an ornate footbridge which offers picturesque views of the Grand Canal with its beautiful Venetian architecture and romantic gondolas. It is one of the busiest places in town, connecting San Marco to San Polo and the famous Rialto Market. On the other side you will see San Giacomo di Rialto, the city’s oldest churches. Book an extended 4-hour tour to also visit one of Venice’s top-rated attraction, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. We provide skip-the-line tickets to help you beat the crowds. This 15th century palace is known as a film location for Orson Welles' Othello, featuring an iconic spiral staircase. Climb up the stairs ""of the snail"" to an arcade to enjoy an impressive view of the city rooftops. It’s a great place to take in the handmade beauty and complexity of Venice’s unusual landscape. Book a 6-hour tour to also visit the Doge’s Palace, one of Italy’s most luxurious palaces! With reserved entrance tickets you will skip the line at the ticket time so you can spend more time inside, exploring the charming inner courtyard and discover the treasures of the Doge’s Apartments, where over 120 Doges of Venice lived over the centuries. The palace houses works by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Vittoria and Tiepolo. Another highlight will be the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the palace to its prison, where the famous lover Casanova was imprisoned. With so many stories to tell, the Doge’s Palace is a must-see in Venice!

Venice San Marco Tour with St. Mark's Bell Tower Tickets

9. Venice San Marco Tour with St. Mark's Bell Tower Tickets

Piazza San Marco is the principal public square of Venice. On this private tour, you will discover its must-see attractions, fascinating history, and best-kept secrets. Learn about St. Mark, St. Theodore, the Doges, the Mask Carnival, and more. Explore the beating heart of Venice and visit the towering St. Mark’s Campanile! Book a 2-hour tour of St. Mark’s Square and Bell Tower with a Licensed Private Guide. Discover one of the most photographed places in the world with its beautiful Venetian-Gothic architecture and amazing views of the Grand Canal and San Giorgio Maggiore island. Did you know that Napoleon once described St. Mark’s Square as the “drawing room of Europe”? After so many years, this World Heritage Site is still one of the most visited places in all of Italy. Immerse yourself in Venice’s history and legends as you admire the majestic facade of the Doge’s Palace. Take a closer look at the stunning mosaics, statues and Byzantine features of St. Mark’s Basilica (exterior only), and learn about the race to save this Gothic cathedral from flooding during the Acqua Alta (“high water”). See the beautiful Procuratie Vecchie, Museo Correr, the unique Astrological Clock of Torre dell'Orologio, and more. Take a lift to the viewing terrace of St. Mark’s Bell Tower and marvel at the best view over the Old Town and the Venetian Lagoon. Entrance tickets are included. Come and fall in love with Venice! Choose the 4-hour option to see highlights of St. Mark’s Square, admire views from the top of St. Mark’s Bell Tower, and visit the majestic Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line tickets. This is your chance to discover the treasures hidden inside the luxurious apartments of the Doges of Venice, admire the view from the Bridge of Sighs, and find out how easy it was to be arrested and locked in the palace prison. It’s a must-do in Venice!

Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore Tour with Water Transport

10. Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore Tour with Water Transport

Most people see the famous San Giorgio Maggiore only from far away when strolling through St. Mark’s Square, but on this exclusive tour you can visit the island and see its landmark basilica up close! Immerse yourself in the history and legends of the Floating City as you discover its highlights on land, in water and in the sky. Enjoy the ultimate Venetian adventure! Choose the 3-hour tour to see the most important monuments of St. Mark’s Square and San Giorgio Maggiore, and visit the Bell Tower and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. Your private walking tour will begin with a stroll in Piazza San Marco, the beating heart of Venice. This historic square boasts the most beautiful Venetian Gothic architecture and amazing views of the Venetian Lagoon. Your Private Guide will share interesting facts about this world heritage site and you admire the stunning facades of Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge's Palace, which for many centuries was a government seat and prison. The main highlight of this tour will be a cruise from San Marco to San Giorgio Maggiore by vaporetto, i.e. the public water bus (two-way tickets are included). Vaporetto is the most romantic and convenient way to reach the island, and you can enjoy live commentary along the way. The island, or more specifically its 16th century Palladian church, is one of the most photographed landmarks of Venice, gleaming above the blue water of the lagoon. Inside the classical Renaissance style interiors you will find works by Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, Sebastiano Ricci and other amazing Venetian artists. As part of the tour you will also climb up to the viewing terrace of the basilica’s Bell Tower, which offers amazing views of the lagoon and the Riva degli Schiavoni. Choose the extended 5-hour to enrich your guided tour with a visit to the Doge’s Palace. It is one of the most visited attractions in Venice but with skip-the-line tickets you can save time and go right inside. The palace delights with spectacular sculptural decoration and paintings by famous artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo. Your Expert Guide will explain how for centuries the palace served as the political center of the Republic, and how Casanova escaped the palace prison. You will see the vast council chambers, luxurious residential apartments, and austere prison cells, and hear the story behind the name of the Bridge of Sighs.

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4.6 / 5

based on 325 reviews

This tour was incredible. I loved every minute of it. The tour guide was very helpful and friendly. The architecture was simply magnificent. We toured the Cini Foundation and the Borges Labyrinth, and the only thing that I regret is not knowing there was an extended tour of the Vatican chapels. I would have loved to see that as well! One tip is to wear something waterproof in the Borges Labyrinth in case the boxwoods are wet! We got soaked, but luckily it wasn’t too cold outdoors.

Wonderful excursion around Venice, allowing us to see a side of the city we wouldn't have been able to see otherwise. Very relaxing. Our guide was fantastic. I definitely recommend this excursion, especially early in your visit because it may help you identify new places you want to see.

Saw the beautiful sights of the venetian lagoon, Tomasso was a wonderful host, very informative and kept the drinks flowing! We couldn’t thank him enough he was brilliant. Definitely recommend

Our guide was very engaging and she is very knowledgeable besides having an excellent humor and a pleasant personality. Highly recommend!

Exceptional! Christina was amazing and her knowledge was fabulous!