Get to know magical Venice on this private day trip from Florence. With a private driver, travel to the beautiful city and begin with a 2-hour private walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide ... More info ›
Get to know magical Venice on this private day trip from Florence. With a private driver, travel to the beautiful city and begin with a 2-hour private walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. See top Venice attractions such as St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace, and afterward, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and to explore independently. Perhaps delve into Venice’s hidden squares, ride a gondola, or visit the glass- and lace-making islands of Murano and Burano before rejoining your driver and returning to Florence.
When you book, mention any special interests you have for your time in Venice so your private guide in the city can adjust the itinerary accordingly. Then, on the day, meet your driver at your central Florence hotel and board your private, luxury air-conditioned saloon or minivan for your roughly 2.5-hour journey.
On route, hear a fascinating introduction to Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Woven with canals and brim with squares, churches and marble palaces that attest to its riches as a medieval East-West trading hub, the whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On arrival in Venice, leave your vehicle and meet your private local guide for a 2-hour walking tour. Stroll the narrow calli (lanes) and absorb the magical atmosphere as your guide provides an overview of Venice’s past and present.
Explore the San Polo and Santa Croce neighborhoods and head for the Rialto district, the first area to be settled. Pass the colorful Rialto market and view the exterior of the Church of San Giacomo.
Snap photos of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge and then enter St Mark’s Square. Drink in the magnificent square and admire the facades of its showpiece buildings, including the Doge’s Palace, Clock Tower and lavish St Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the latter’s European and Byzantine architecture and see the Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sighs of the condemned prisoners who crossed it to their cells.
After around two hours, leave your guide and enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore as you wish. Take your pick of Venice’s enticing restaurants for lunch (own expense) and perhaps revisit some of the sights touched on during your tour or take a gondola ride. Alternatively, shop for souvenirs or cruise to the nearby lagoon islands of Murano and Burano to discover their glass-blowing and lace-making.
When the time comes, reconvene with your driver and return to Florence, where your trip ends.