Meet a local guide at the Rialto Bridge, a Renaissance masterpiece that’s been a Venice landmark for centuries. From there, follow a route through winding streets into the heart of the city.
As you walk, the guide will share stories about Venice history, its golden age as a trading empire, and about the parties and characters that gave the city its spirited, flamboyant reputation. Cross the vast St. Mark’s Square, then get special, evening access to St. Mark’s Basilica, whose golden mosaics and statues are even more dramatic after dark.
Explore the hushed, deserted interior of the church, learning about the blend of eastern and western design in the ornamentation. During your visit, a custodian will unlock special access areas that can be hard to reach during crowded daytime hours, including the crypt believed to hold the bones of St. Mark, and the Pala d’Oro, a gem-encrusted Byzantine altarpiece. Following your tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, this tour concludes at St. Mark’s Square.