• One-Day City Tour Venice

    PERIOD: available all year long.

    DURATION: 8 hours approximately.

    St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica and the Rialto Bridge – these are the absolute highlights you should have at least seen if you come to Venice. Nevertheless, when in Venice there is never enough time to see all the things one would like to – there are just too many beautiful places and sights to admire. With a small city tour and a cruise on the Grand Canal, you can, however, get a relatively good idea of ​​the beauty of Venice in little time. It doesn’t take long for the special atmosphere of the city to enchant each visitor and whet their appetite for another visit to the lagoon city.

    We start our tour in front of the railway station where we will find a waterbus landing stage. Both tourist boats and the normal water ferries start from here.
    Going down the Grand Canal you will pass by more than 250 magnificent palaces, 15 churches and the famous Rialto Bridge on your way to St. Mark’s Square.

    On the small square next to the boat drop-off point you can enjoy the most famous views of the city of Venice at a glance: St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Campanile and the magnificent views of the lagoon.

    Now it is time to proceed strategically. As there are normally long waiting times before entering the Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, it is up to you to choose which one to enter first. In general, the crowd is the smallest in the early morning and afternoon while it becomes bigger around lunchtime.
    In the Doge’s Palace you will get a good impression of both the seat of government of the Doge’s Republic as well as of the private chambers of the Doges.

    Furthermore, via the famous Bridge of Sighs you can reach the prison from which Casanova once escaped.

    The St. Mark’s Basilica is a unique example of Western-Oriental architecture, which is found nowhere else in Europe. The very beautiful mosaic floors are well worth a visit. You should make sure not to miss the Marciana Museum where you can admire the famous bronze horses and enjoy the view from the balcony.

    If by now you are feeling a little peckish, you can look into one of the famous cafes in St. Mark’s Square for a free table and enjoy the atmosphere of Venice. If you prefer something cheaper, just a few streets away from the centre you will find far less expensive ways to get something to eat.

    If you have enough time, you should certainly take the elevator up to the Bell Tower of the Campanile. The view from here is breathtaking and worth every penny of the admission fee.

    The city walk proceeds through the Clock Tower along the Mercerie. The Mercerie consists of the three famous shopping streets of Venice and leads from St. Mark’s Square directly to the former commercial district of the Rialto Bridge. Shopping enthusiasts will find almost anything their hearts desire – of course at the appropriate price.

    Once you reach the Rialto Bridge, there are two routes back to the station – depending on your physical condition and how much time you have left. The quickest way is from the Rialto dock by ferry directly to the station. If you want to see a little bit more of Venice, cross the Rialto Bridge and follow the streets along the canals back to the station. This takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

    Via the Ponte degli Scalzi you finally cross the Grand Canal and arrive directly in front of the main train station.

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    Piazza San Marco

    Commonly referred to as “the drawing room of Europe”, the Piazza San Marco is the beating heart of the city of Venice. It is a huge space that is dominated by the Basilica of Saint Mark, peppered with beautiful monuments and buildings, and is surrounded by many of the city’s important institutions. As can be expected, the piazza is often full of people, both tourists and locals, who are there to appreciate the unique Venetian atmosphere. Important religious festivals as well as large celebrations such as the Carnavale are held at the piazza..

    Basilica di San Marco

    It is the most famous church in Venice. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, this fabulous Byzantine edifice is renowned for its extraordinary mosaics, and as a symbol of the wealth of Venice since the late 1300’s. Originally intended as a chapel for the monarchs of Venice, the cathedral grew to become the city’s main place of workship. The church is located on St. Mark’s square, and adjacent to the Doge’s Palace. The ornate nature of the church’s architecture and adornment can easily be attributed to the fact it stood as another symbol of Venice’s power.The entire upper interior of the church is covered in unbelievable mosaics containing gold, bronze, and the greatest variety of stones. Both Byzantine and Gothic influences can be recognized withing these walls. Accordingly, the church is also known as Chiesa d’Oro (Church of gold).

    Ponte di Rialto

    Whenever Venice is mentioned, one of the most common images that come along with it Ponte di Rialto bridge would be that of a lovely curved bridge that spans a body of water. This is the Rialto Bridge, or in Italian, Ponte di Rialto. It is one of the four bridges in the city that crosses the Grand Canal, and it is also the oldest. In the early 1550s, the Venetian authorities requested proposals for the renewal of the old Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge), back then a wooden structure over the Grand Canal. They did so because the Rialto Market was gaining popularity, and the old bridge just couldn’t hold the masses anymore.
    Even the great Michelangelo was considered as designer of the new Ponte di Rialto, but the new structure was designed by Antonio da Ponte, and completed in 1591.

    Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Salute

    This 17th century church is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health (Salute). It was constructed after Venice had been freed of the plague, and begun by B. Longhena who did not live to see it completed. Very fine the overall effect of the statues that decorate the facade; while the octagonal plan interior is hung with important paintings such as the altarpiece by Titian in the Sacristy.

    If you are amazed by the beauty and splendour of Venice and you would like to stay a couple of days in the city to discover more places, please let us know your accommodation preferences and we’ll be glad to help you to book the right hotel and to organised all the excursions you wish!


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Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?

Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.