This guided walk will explore the city's distinct relationship with the East, and how it shaped the political, commercial, social and aesthetic development of Venice. Explore St Mark’s Basilica and wander Venice’s back streets with an expert. Begin your walk in Piazza San Marco, the most well known public space in the city and, historically, its social and political focal point.
Basilica San Marco, built as the private church of the Doge, was created in the early 9th century after Venetian merchants plundered the relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria – marking a symbolic turning point for a city that was beginning to dominate the Mediterranean. Behold the architectural marvels and spend some time dissecting the exterior of the Doge's Palace, with its distinctively Eastern-styled facade. Exiting from the square, the duration of your walk takes in the surrounding sestiere and uses a handful of churches, palaces and public spaces that give evidence to the city's relationship with the East.
Some of the talking points may include: Corte del Milion, the reported ancestral home of Marco Polo, merchant and explorer who introduced Europeans to the wonders of the Far East; the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, used to exemplify a typical trading center for visiting merchants; small clusters of Armenian homes and churches; and finally, the Grand Canal and the Rialto, which reinforce the theme of trade as cultural liaison. Architectural styles and building techniques will help you understand the depth of influence the East had on Venetian life.
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Monday to Saturday
You will meet your guide in front of Bar Al Todaro. The bar is right on the corner of the Biblioteca Marciana, by the column topped by the statue of St. Theodore. As the bar has a few entrances, please congregate next to this column. Piazzetta San Marco 3, Venice, Italy
Same as starting point
Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.
Please share your contact details with us in the specific requests field at the time of booking.
You will be visiting the Basilica that require modest dress. Please be sure to cover shoulders and upper legs. Shorts, miniskirts, and tank tops are forbidden. Due to new security measures, all bags (including purses, handbags, shoulder bags, pocket books, satchels, backpacks, rucksacks, etc.), umbrellas and any sharp objects are not allowed inside the Basilica.
Given the complicated nature of transportation and city navigation in Venice, we suggest allowing yourselves more time than you feel necessary to arrive at the meeting point.
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