If you are based in Florence for your holiday but don’t want to miss out on the true taste of Venice, enjoy our perfectly planned day trip to Venice from Florence, allowing you to experience the City in its full grandeur. Traveling comfortably by high-speed train allowing you to maximize your time in this iconic city.
Upon arrival at the Venice train station, our team member will take you on board of a private water taxi for a panoramic cruise, for our transfer from the train station to Rialto. Through the waterways is when Venice really shines. The canals are much better suited to the water taxis as it allows us to move quickly and easily, without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel. During the water taxi experience, we cover the Grand Canal, getting yet another perspective of this fascinating city. At Rialto, your guide will be waiting to meet you, who will unveil the Floating City’s most sought-after sights, enjoying Skip-the-Line Access to spectacular St. Mark’s Basilica, as well as Special Access to the Basilica’s terraces.
You’ll start your discovery of Venice with a guided tour on foot as you weave your way around the twisting back streets, cobbled courtyards and small arched bridges, your guide will tell you tales from Venice’s colorful past. Discover why the city was built on a lagoon, how it came to be an important center of trade and what events conspired to end its domination over much of the Mediterranean.
You’ll walk by Marco Polo’s house and hear about how the Venetian merchant set off to sea one day and returned with tales of faraway eastern lands that in those days few had ever seen.
Stroll across the piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance, and modern elements fuse together their timeless portraits of the city. Get a glimpse of the fabled Bridge of Sighs, said to be named after the sighing prisoners as they were escorted across the canal to the cells of the adjacent prison.
After marveling at the elegance of St. Mark’s Square, which Napoleon fondly described as the “finest drawing room in all of Europe,” we’ll breeze past the entry lines and head straight into St. Mark’s Basilica. Together with your guide, you’ll uncover the diverse treasures inside the basilica, including the dazzling gold-laden mosaics that adorn its domed interior and ceilings. Having saved ourselves precious time with our privileged Skip-the-Line Access, we’ll also manage to squeeze in a climb up to the famous terraces of St. Mark’s. Rarely included on guided tours, these terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza and the rooftops beyond.
After that, you will have about 3 hours to enjoy Venice at your own pace. Your guide will offer local advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or you may want to sample the famous Cicchetti: similar to tapas these are best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.
After your free time, you will be free to either take a vaporetto to come back to the train station (tickets are included) or just walk. Then, we board our speed train for our return to Florence.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
You should expect to receive an email within minutes of booking with your confirmation voucher.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.
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