We visited on 12th October 2018, 10.45amTrying to find our Tour Guide was nothing short of a maze of confusion.A Viator guide directed us to an Official in a blue jacket.. we had to wait in a long queue with people jumping in... eh for us Brits no. Then given tickets to meet a young lady who then pointed us to our guide. By this time we loosing the plot.. really but...Our guide was the most knowledgeable, patient and unassuming person, who really knew anything and everything about his subject and answered questions with his superior knowledge and understanding of Venice and it's history. I would have given this 5 stars easily, but the chaos beforehand was so stressful.Our guide... made up for this. He was truely 5 stars
This tour was a good value for the money. Our guide inside the Doge's Palace was very knowledgeable her English pronunciation was at times difficult to understand, but she made up for it in content, explaining key people in paintings and history. I loved walking across the Bridge of Sighs wish I could have lingered longer, though. The palace was VERY crowded, so we needed to keep moving. The Correr Museum was great to visit, as well. The other 2 were good, and worth visiting.
We booked this with great expectations but realized when we arrived for the tour that actual tickets were 16 which equals 19 USD and we paid 43.30 per ticket. Much to our dismay, everyone else that bought tickets thru other venues also got entrance to St Marks Cathedral. Very disappointing.
Groups for this tour should first meet in the shade during hot summer months! The meeting for this tour was stated on the ticket to Meet under the clock tower at 1030. It was shady and cool under the clock tower. We met out in the full and blazing sun NEAR the clock tower. There were many different tours and hordes of people meeting in the same place. It was confusing.
Our very old and very short guide, Gabriel, finally showed up a bit late and we were group 34 and had channel 34 on our Vox units so we could hear him. He did a test and people could hear him and all I heard was static. Need a new earpiece he says. No - he just needed to take the microphone out of his pocket and hold it up to his mouth! Then I could hear fine! Got lots of history about St. Mark's Square and everything else. We finally went to the Doge's Palace. I think our guide was a retired art teacher. The rooms in the Doge's Palace were gorgeous and there was one immense room built to hold 900 people for hearing cases/grievances. All very interesting except for the extended art lectures. Walking over the Bridge of Sighs and seeing where people were imprisoned was very interesting. This guided tour took 1.5 hours. We were told we had up to three months to tour the three museums in St. Mark's Square on our own. I wish we'd known that ahead of time because we would have scheduled this tour our first day in Venice and not our last. The museums are Correr Museum, Archeological and Biblioteca all within the Correr Museum at the far end of St. Mark's Square. I loved all the fancy rooms of the Prince and Princess in the Correr. The Archeological Museum had a lot of statues and busts. The Bibliotecta had an exhibit of jewelry in a stunning room. We had lunch in the cafe of the Correr and had a table overlooking the square. Overall, we were pleased with the tour but are both ignorant about art so the extensive lectures about the paintings and artists were lost on us.
Slightly disappointing. When I went on the tour, there was a lot of other tours taking place at the same time, on occasion 3 parties trying to occupy 1 room.
This resulted in not having much time or actually being able to see everything. To add to this, our guide was leaving stragglers in 1 room, whilst talking about another. A couple of times she was so far away, that my headphone started to cut out!
I know that the tours are built around time, but a little patients and co-operation between parties, would of resulted in a better experience for all.
Le Palais des Doges est un incontournable, chaque pas réserve une surprise dans un dédale d'espaces tous plus surprenants les uns que les autres, mention particulière à la salle du Sénat, unique! Titien, le Tintoret, Véronèse, what else? Un grand classique, le pont des Soupirs avec d'austères cellules. Attention, pas de visite en français le dimanche! Soyez vigilants sur les mentions du bon de réservation.