Let’s discover the monumental entrance to the city, which was the real heart of Venice: the political, religious and cultural centre. Here are two classical ideas of a walking tour through Saint Mark’s district.
- Saint Mark’s Square: learn about the setting of the Piazza, look at the Clock Tower with the phases of the moon, sun and Zodiac, the Campanile with one of the best views of the city from its top, the Library, the famous cafés… and enter the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica. The Palace was the home of the Doge and seat of the magistracies. Discover the opulent rooms, the Golden Staircase, and important works by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. We will also venture into the gloomy Palace Prison, via the sorrowful Bridge of Sighs. The Basilica is the spiritual heart of Venice and it stands out for the five domes, the golden mosaics and the body of Saint Mark.
- A walk through Saint Mark’s District: what is over the square, like the “Bovolo” staircase, which quaintly emerges in all its extraordinary elegance in a hidden courtyard, the Fenice Opera House, one of the most famous theatres in Europe, which hosted the works of the greatest Italian composer, like Rossini and Verdi, or the secret Campo San Beneto with the beautiful gothic mansion of the family Pesaro, now museum of the eclectic artist Mariano Fortuny with his studio, fabrics, paintings and lamps.