Venice was the capital of an independent state for almost a thousand years: its rulers used their power and wealth to increase the city’s prestige. In this itinerary you will visit two of the most important buildings in Venice: the basilica of San Marco, which, with the splendor if its gleaming mosaics, was the symbol of Venetian power; and the Doge’s palace, which was the center of old Venetian political life. We will also describe the magnificent buildings around the square before taking a break in one of the oldest cafés in Italy.
Notes: Possible delays in case of acqua alta (high water). Saint Mark’s basilica is closed on Sunday mornings and on public holidays.
Secret Itineraries Tour: Visits to the intelligence bureaus, the torture room and the prison of Giacomo Casanova can be included in the tour, but must be booked well in advance.