The port of Venice
Most cruise ships have shuttle boat services from the Stazione Marittima to the Riva degli Schiavoni (right off Saint Mark's Square).
This tour covers the highlights of this magical city: Saint Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the famous prison. Afterwards walk “backstage” to discover the urban development of Venice—its bridges, narrow alleyways, squares, imposing churches and ancient palaces. This part of the tour ends near the Rialto Bridge and is followed by a private motor yacht tour of the Grand Canal and on to Murano to see its world famous glass making workshops.
While the above tour is for first time visitors to the “Serenissima”, following are a number of “discovery” tours—which visit different areas of Venice.
CANNAREGIO AND THE JEWISH GHETTO
Cannaregio is one of the unspoiled parts of Venice—home to an open-air market and inhabited by Venetians for generations. A visit to the Jewish Ghetto (with its historic synagogues and fascinating Jewish Museum) is the highlight of this tour.
THE VENETIAN SCHOOL OF COLOR
The Frari Church contains masterpieces of Giovanni Bellini and Titian. A few steps away is the Scuola di San Rocco (once the seat of a brotherhood formed to assist people during the plagues). This “Scuola” contains Jacopo Tintoretto’s most famous works.
500 YEARS OF PAINTING AT THE GALLERIE DELL’ACCADEMIA
This world-famous museum contains an overview of art from the fourteenth century (Paolo Veneziano’s jewel-like altarpieces) through the enchanting work of Giovanni Bellini and Carpaccio to Venice’s Golden Age of Paintings (Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese) ending with Tiepolo and Canaletto in the eighteenth century.
THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
A great American art museum with distinctive Venetian charm. Peggy Guggenheim’s Grand Canal Palazzo contains modern masterpieces by Picasso, Braque, De Chirico, Ernst, Miró (a two-hour tour).