Duration - 11.5 hours
Type - Best of Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica Day Trip from Florence - small group tour
Begin your day by high-speed train to Venice, where on arrival you’ll meet a member of our team. Then it’s time for your first taste of the city by taking a quick trip by vaporetto to St. Mark’s Square, your guide will be waiting so you can begin exploring. Next, take advantage of our Skip the Line entry, bypassing the tourist lines to enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Accompanied by your guide, discover inside the basilica and gaze at the gold-laden mosaics that decorate the interior and ceilings. A bonus that is not often included on standard tours, is a trip up to the Basilica Terraces, from the terraces see breath-taking views over the piazza and the city.
Explore the twisting back streets, cobbled squares, and small arched bridges on foot, as your guide shares stories from Venice’s colorful past. Learn 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.
Seeing Secret Sights - Stroll across the church and palace-lined 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. See the house where the world-famous explorer Marco Polo once lived and hear about his explorations and his epic journey to Asia.
When you arrive at Rialto Bridge, take some time to explore Venice at your own pace. Your guide will offer advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or where you can go to sample the famous cicchetti: like tapas and best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.
Experience the City by Water - Once you’re done exploring on foot, we’ll take to the water for a truly memorable moment: a panoramic cruise for our transfer from Rialto back to the train station, on board a private water taxi. Through its waterways Venice really shines. During your water taxi ride, cover part of the Grand Canal, starting from Rialto, getting a unique perspective of the city. We end the tour at the main station, where we board our high-speed train to head back to Florence.
• Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
• Water taxi experience on Grand Canal
• Small groups of 20 people or fewer
• High-speed train return tickets
• 2-hour guided tour with an expert, English-speaking guide
• Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear you guide
• St. Mark’s Basilica (inside)
• Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
• Views of Grand Canal
• Rialto Bridge
• Marco Polo’s house
• Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
• Campo SM Formosa
• Bridge of Sighs
• Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro
Things to Know:
If your vacation is based in Florence but you don’t want to miss out on stunning Venice, why not join our perfectly planned day trip to Venice from Florence? This tour will allow you to experience the city in its full grandeur.
Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily.