Meet your guide near the Vittorio Emanuele II monument and start your tour. A maritime republic during medieval times, Venice, or 'The Serene One’ (La Serenissima) dominated sea trade between Europe and Asia.
Each sight on route illustrates Venice’s historical maritime and economic power, and offers insight into everyday life in today’s city.
Delve into the residential neighborhood of Castello. Hear about daily life here as you explore the charming calli and squares, including the Calle Della Morte (Street of Death), where people condemned to death were murdered during the Middle Ages.
Visit the San Giorgio Degli Schiavoni School, home to works by 16th-century artist Vittore Carpaccio, and see the Church of San Francesco Della Vigna on the way to the Ponte del Cristo bridge.
Cross over and gaze at Murano and the San Michele cemetery island before taking the walkway around the Arsenale, once Europe’s most important shipyard.
Head inside the complex and uncover its history as a shipbuilding powerhouse during the Middle Ages. Then, make your way to the Ships Pavilion, once the oars workshop and storage facility, and skip the main lines to see its collection of boats.
Admire the historical vessels, including the Bucintoro, the doges’ ceremonial barge; and learn how and why they were used, gaining insight into Venice’s bygone maritime power.
Your tour concludes here.