Now, we'll take a pleasant walk through the Castello District, the largest of Venice's six sestieri (subdivisions). The large campo Santa Maria Formosa will give you the chance to observe a wide array of architectural styles all within a single glance.
The San Giovanni e Paolo Square awaits you next. Here, the huge Dominican church towers over the shimmering marble façade of the former School of Saint Mark. Explore the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a sort of jewelled casket made of precious marbles. Before reaching Rialto, we'll pass by the Marco Polo house.
Catch the traghetto, a traditional gondola, without seats, that is used to traverse the canal, at Santa Sofia in order to get to the Rialto market. Make everyone think you are a real Venetian by standing the whole time--but be careful, it can get tipsy! You are now heading into the commercial district of Venice. This was the financial and commercial center of Venice for much of its history, one of the most advanced in Europe. The market surrounds the district and, in the morning, this is the liveliest corner of Venice. It's full of locals buying fresh food from vegetable and fish stands. This is always the best place to sip a glass of wine or try some delicious local food.
Departures: 09:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Hotel guests are met at their hotel. Cruise ship passengers will check in for the tour in San Marco Square. Allow at least 30 minutes to get to San Marco Square from your ship. You can either take a water taxi or your ship's water shuttle.
- The order of this tour may vary, as determined by your guide.
- The price of this tour does NOT include per person entrance fees: 2€ for priority admission in San Marco church, 2€ for the Pala d'Oro (Golden Altarpiece), 3€ for Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church, 2€ for the Traghetto.
- San Marco Church is open during the following times:
November 1-March 31: Monday-Saturday, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays and religious holidays, 2-4 p.m. April 1-October 31: Monday-Saturday, 9:45 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sundays and religious holidays, 2-5 p.m.
- Please note: A few days a year, the church may close without notice in case of special religious events and not even local guides will be informed beforehand.