Tour of St.Mark’s

The most classic of the tours, to the heart of Venice: St. Mark’s Square is an evocative and beautiful place, the centre of history, art and culture.

Our tour starts at the Tronchetto Terminal (possible departures from Venice Port or Punta Sabbioni) where passengers are welcomed aboard by our staff.

Upon arrival at St. Mark’s Square, passengers can  visit the square on their own.

St. Mark’s Square is named after the Cathedral, which was constructed from the beginning of the 9th Century. The pulsing heart of Venice, as well as the political and religious centre of the city, the square was at one time the only citizen’s entrance from the sea.
St. Mark’s Square is trapezoidal shaped, and enclosed lengthwise by the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove.

The Procuratie Vecchie, designed by the architects Sansovino and Codussi, extend along the northern side of the square. These porticoed buildings on two floors, built in the Renaissance period, are so-called because they once housed the procurators of St. Mark’s.
The Procuratie Nuove is the current seat of the Correr Museum (Museo Civico Correr), the Risorgimento Museum (Museo del Risorgimento) and the Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico) that houses a precious collection of Greek marble from the Grimani family. Napoleon himself was responsible for the construction of a wing that took his name.

The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) was the political seat of the Repubblica Serenissima (the Serene Republic of Venice) (), residence of the doges and the highest state officials. A splendid example of decorated gothic architecture, the palace is perhaps the most stunning expression of Venetian design. The interior is worthy of a visit with frescoes by the likes of Tiziano, Veronese, Tiepolo and Tintoretto.
In the courtyard, one can admire the famous Renaissance Masterpiece, the Stairway of the Giants (Scala dei Giganti).
St. Mark's Basilica rises next to the Doge’s Palace where one can visit the palatine chapel and the mausoleum of the patron saint. The Roman/Byzantine Cathedral stretches over five cupolas. The facade, with five portals opening onto the square, is embellished in precious marble and mosaics, most famous are those that decorate the atrium and depict stories from the Bible.
Those who wish can climb to the top of St. Mark's bell tower, situated alongside the Cathedral and serving at one time as a lighthouse for navigators.

The boat awaits passengers at the same point of disembarkation (Riva degli Schiavoni - Pontile Cornoldi) at the end of the visit for the return journey to the embarkation point.