San Marco: the secrets of the Venetian Republic

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on July 08, 2017

Hi! Welcome to my Free Walk in Venice :) Something about me? - licensed tour guide and art historian - great passion for my Venice - hall of fame Tripadvisor for winning the certificate of excellence with Free Walk in Venice I am an OFFICIAL tour guide, art historian and great lover of Venice. Join me for an engaging and funny tour and discover the hidden gems of Venice as only local do. - only small groups- IMPORTANT: if you don’t see availability contact me Bookings are mandatory for organizational reasons and for applying safety measures By choosing Free Walk in Venice tours you support an indipendent local company

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

For unveiling the authentic secrets of the sestiere de San Marco and the unique San Marco square with a local guide and art historian. You can't even imagine how many secrets we have!
We will visit each corner of the piazza ad some gems of this district around the square: this is an experience to fall in love with the longest Republic of the world

  • The stunning Basilica and Doge’s palace 
  • Recognize the characters of the Republic
  • Superstion in Venice
  • Art and architectural details 
  • Curious facts 
  • The history of  incredible Dogi

(Note: the tour is a 90 min walking tour in the square and around it,  it doesn’t include entrances to sites, only outside but you will see the wow side!)
We will cover a short walking distance so it is a suitable tour for anyone! 

Please note: during summertime the starting time will be postpone at 5 pm in the winter time earlier,  please contact me for early bookings 

❗️I run tours rain or shine 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Campo S. Zaccaria, 4683, 30122 Venezi...
    Campo S. Zaccaria, 4683, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
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    In front of the San Zaccaria Church

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Campo San Zaccaria
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Church of San Zaccaria
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Riva degli Schiavoni
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Equestrian monument - Vittorio Emanuele II
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Straw Bridge
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Bridge of Sighs
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Ducal Palace
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Column of San Todaro
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Gate card
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Marciana National Library
  • 12
    Outside visit
    St. Mark's Basilica
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Clock tower
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Bell tower of San Marco
  • 15
    Outside visit
    Procuratie Vecchie
  • 16
    Outside visit
    New Procuratie
  • 17
    Outside visit
    Museu Correr
  • 18
    Outside visit
    Grand Canal

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Hernan 30 Jul 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Great tour with Lucia - she has a lot of energy and knowledge! Highly recommended! :)
Kelly 17 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Lucia was such a lovely guru guide and was able to keep the tour upbeat despite the weather. Learnt a lot about the architecture and the symbolism used, the general history of the most successful republic to date and some useful information about the city. I would highly recommend! Thanks, Lucia!!
George 18 Feb 2023

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Travelled in group - Feb 2023
Amazing tour, many thanks Lucia for the info and kindness!🤗
Noam 16 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
The instructor was very professional, nice, diligent, witty and also very didactic. She seems to have a lot of passion for the subject, and the tour was really great, well done!
Lesley-anne 09 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Lucia was a great guide, really knowledgeable and friendly and gave lots of tips for other things to do and see, not only on Venice but elsewhere in Italy (as I am travelling to a few places) :)
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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