Want to visit Venice while in Rome? Book a Best of Venice Day Tour from Rome by High-Speed Rail, incl. St. Mark’s Basilica tickets and a Grand Canal water taxi.
Rome – Venice – Grand Canal – Rialto Bridge – Venice walking tour – St. Mark’s Basilica – free time – Rome
If you’re based for your vacation in Rome but don’t want to miss out on Venice’s real taste, this is the perfect trip for you! None else on the planet is like Venice, and we arranged the ideal day journey from Rome, offering you the opportunity to experience the best of Venice’s complete grandeur and mysticism. You will travel comfortably and quickly by using the high-speed train to maximize your time on the water in this iconic metropolis.
Upon arrival at the train station in Venice, your local tour coordinator will bring you onboard a personal water taxi to the water for a panoramic cruise, for our transfer from the train station to Rialto. The beauty of Venice really shines through the rivers. The canals are more suitable for water taxis, and our boat enables us to move rapidly and easily without losing a smaller vessel’s intimacy. We cover a portion of the Grand Canal on our exciting water taxi experience, gaining another view of this intriguing town.
You will meet your local expert at Rialto, who will unveil the most sought-after sights of Venice, enjoy Skip-the-Line Access to the spectacular St. Mark’s Basilica, and Special Access to the terraces of the Basilica.
We will start our discovery of Venice with a two-hour guided tour on foot: as you twist your way around the winding back streets, paved courtyards, and tiny arched bridges, your specialist guide will delight you with stories from the colorful past of Venice. You will find out why the town was constructed on a lagoon, how it became a significant trading center.
You’re going to walk through the house of Marco Polo and hear about how one day the Venetian merchant left for sea and returned with stories of far-off eastern lands that few had ever seen in those days. You will walk through the church and palace-lined squares of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance, and contemporary components combine their timeless portraits of the town together. We will also see the fabulous Sighs Bridge, said to be named after the sighing inmates as they were escorted to the neighboring prison cells across the canal.
Breeze past the lines and head directly with your local specialist to St. Mark’s Basilica. Discover the incredible treasures inside, including the gorgeous golden mosaics that adorn the interior and ceilings of the dome. With our privileged access, having saved us precious time, we will also be able to squeeze in a climb up to the renowned terraces. They give lovely opinions over St. Mark’s Square, rarely included on guided tours.
You’ll have about three hours after that to appreciate Venice alone. Your guide will give local guidance on the finest restaurants, or you might want to sample the renowned cicchetti: like tapas, best washed with a Prosecco glass.
You can either bring a water taxi back to the train station (tickets are included) or just travel in your free moment. Then we’re boarding the Rome-bound high-speed train.
- See the famous highlights of Venice all in a single day from Rome by high-speed rail
- Skip-the-Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
- See the view of St. Mark’s Square from the terraces
- Includes a ride along the Grand Canal in a private water taxi
- Enjoy an additional 3 hours of free time in Venice following the guided program
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