Venice Highlights Tour
Today you will explore the top highlights of Venice, the richest part of a city absolutely full of riches. Start at Piazza San Marco, where the Basilica of San Marco makes a stunning golden architectural reliquary for the body of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Next door is the Doge's Palace, the seat of power of the Venetian Republic for centuries – and also where prisoners like Casanova were kept in dark cells. Next walk the back streets of Marco Polo's neighborhood to the Rialto Bridge area, where Venice was first established in the 7th century. Donatella will include La Fenice, the opera house, so that you can experience this very special building which has risen from the ashes like its namesake, the Phoenix. The last hour will be on a beautiful private water taxi so that you can see the palaces and charming side canals form the water. Venture to the eastern edge of Venice to see the Arsenale, where ships were built during the height of Venice's power.