St. Mark’s Basilica, the “golden Basilica”, the former private chapel of the Venetian Doges, strikes everyone with its brilliant mosaics. Next to it, the Doges’ Palace stands in its magnificence: it was the Doge’s residence, as well as the seat of the Government, of all the political councils and of all the law courts. The famous Bridge of Sights connects the Palace with the building of the New Prisons. Opposite The Palace, in little St. Mark’s Square, St. Marks Library is a valuable example of Renaissance architecture and overall of the culture of the Venetian Republic. The Square is surrounded by a series of buildings, called Procuratie, that create sort of a frame along its perimeter, thus giving the visitor the impression of being in the “most beautiful ballroom in Europe”, as Napoleon used to say...
This is a must in order to understand the soul of the Most Serene Republic.
Time: 2 hours
Notes: The fare does not include entrance fees. When visiting religious buildings, an appropriate dress code ha to be observed (no bare shoulders, no miniskirts, no shorts). The fare for groups has to be agreed with the guide.