To celebrate every aspect of the city, nearly every great Venetian work of art and architecture is in some way a celebration of the beauty, the power and the magnificence of Venice . Saint Mark's square, the political centre, represents all this.
It was intended to express the greatness of the capital of the Venetian empire. Join us then into the Ducal Palace and Saint Mark's Church and learn about 1200 years of the civil, religious and cultural institutions that made Venice one of the great powers of Europe.
We'll start visiting the Ducal Palace the former abode of the chief of State, siege of the Venetian Government and courts of Justice and an amazing showcase of art where Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese left their mark. Included in the Palace tour are the private apartments of the Duke, the State Rooms, the Bridge of Sighs and the old prison.
Later we'll enter the basilica of saint Mark for centuries the church of the State to upkeep the cult of the patron saint displaying some 8000 sq meters of mosaics and a unique example of Byzantine architecture. Venetians decorated the wall surface with some 42 kinds of marble including the slabs brougth after the sack of Constaninople of 1205
And let's stroll also through the square to tell you about the other monuments and the rituals that took place in this open space when Venice was an independent State. Although after Napoleon ended up the glorious days of Venice, the square become since the 1800's a travel icon for generations of travellers.
All that's important about Venice can be easily grasped in the premises of what has become the piazza par excellence making this tour an all time favourite for new comers.
NOTICE: until the end of August 2013 the Ducal Apartment is not open for regular tours due to the Manet exhibition.