2 days tours: the main highlights of Venice & Verona and Amarone

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This combined tour allow you to discover the main highlights of Venice with a walking tour in the morning, the visit inside the Doge's Palace and the St Mark's Basilica and an afternoon 30 min gondola ride. With the same ticket you can also heading to the magic of Verona, and the lush wine regions of Amarone and Valpolicella on a full-day tour from Venice with wine tasting included.

1 day in Venice and 1 day through Verona and Valpolicella region

Combine super saver includes 4 of the best-selling tours in Venice

See the Verona attractions, such as Juliet’s Balcony, and the massive Arena.

Great photos opportunities!

Description

1. THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE: From Monday to Saturday
 

The tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, and the surrounding buildings.

Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance.
You can expect to see campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin: campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges; and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary Captain. The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran theatre are also part of the itinerary.

On your return to Saint Mark’s Square you will be accompanied inside the Doge’s Palace, you will be able to admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto.
Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons.

Finally you will visit the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring.

The walking tour ends in Saint Mark's square at 1.00 pm
At this time you will have approx 2 hours free to stroll around the area or to have lunch (not included)
The last appointment of your package is the gondola ride at 3:00 pm or 5.15 pm!
Your shared 30 minutes round trip starts on the Grand Canal and then through the smaller canals.
It is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water.


Program
Walking tour: 9.00 am (1 h 30 min)
Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica: 10:45am (2 hours)
Gondola Ride: 3.00 pm or 5.15 pm (30 min)

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2. VERONA & AMARONE : Tuesday or Friday
 

Leave central Venice by air-conditioned minivan, and then travel west with your driver-guide to the region of Valpolicella, a gorgeous winemaking area spread around the city of Verona and Lake Garda. Peppered with medieval towns and rustic vineyards, Valpolicella is home to treasures aplenty that the tourist maps often miss. On the way we have a short stop in the medieval town of Soave famous for its wine its castle and breathtaking views over the vineyards, we then continue our journey through the Valpolicella region. Pass along country roads fringed by olive groves and vineyards, and then stop at a local estate and visit the winery for a tour and wine tasting. Explore the vineyard and learn about the prestigious Amarone wine that’s produced in the region. Translating as ‘the great bitter,’ Amarone is a rich and dry red wine that’s made from partially dried Valpolicella grapes. Sample a selection of the estate’s wine, and perhaps purchase a bottle to take home, if you wish. Continue from the rural countryside to the town of Verona, the historical home of the world’s best-known love story: Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy roughly three hours of free time to explore the city independently. Ask your driver-guide for a cafe recommendation for lunch (own expense), shop ‘til you drop at Piazza delle Erbe or pay a visit to Juliet’s House to see the balcony that inspired Shakespeare.Meet your English speaking driver at the prearranged time, and then just sit back and enjoy the views as we return to Venice.

 

Program
8.30 meet the driver at Piazzale Roma - Ve
duration 8 hours approx
Return to Venice included

Venue

- THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE 15 min before in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk. • Walking tour from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm • Gondola ride at 3:00 pm - VERONA & AMARONE Meet the driver 15 min before at the left hand side of Piazzale Roma, in front of the hotel Olimpia in the car park area. Look for the sign with the name of the tour on it and / or the orange umbrella.

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