Meet your guide and tour group at the Palace of the Doges, where you will skip the line and proceed with your guided tour of the interior.
Go back in time to imagine what life was like in the Republic of the Serenissima, ruled by the Duke and his Council. This remarkable building is a marriage of Oriental and Byzantine architecture, impressively greeting all ships that entered the Venetian lagoon. With commentary from your guide over an audio headset, view the opulent decorations, gilded staircases and masterworks by famous Italian artists.
Then, head off the beaten path with a walking tour of Venice's hidden gems. Starting at La Fenice Theater, one of the most important opera venues in the world, set off for some of the quieter, charming corners of the city. Visit the "Scala of the Bovolo", an eclectic building mixing Renaissance style and Gothic art, accessed by a tiny Venetian alley. Learn about the history and culture of these less-visited sites through your guide's enlightening commentary.
Please note: all attractions on the walking tour are external views only.