Tours from Home: Journey into St. Mark’s Basilica, the Venetian Gem

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Why take this online tour?

There may be no other city more deserving of words, of stories, of tales of appreciation than La Serenissima. Over the course of this live online experience, journey into the Venetian Lagoon on the waves of our local expert’s all-encompassing stories, into the very soul of Venice—St. Mark’s Basilica.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Engage with a leading expert guide who will deconstruct the Venetian gem - St. Mark’s Basilica, its wondrous masterpieces that adorn its interior and exterior.
  • Created with Sketch.Take in a thousand years of history, broken down into digestible portions for all to understand, appreciate, and enjoy.
  • Created with Sketch.Listen as the guide reveals hidden symbols, purpose and meaning to this beloved church and its surroundings.
  • Created with Sketch.Join in conversation with others from around the world and ask the experts all your burning questions.
  • Created with Sketch.Connect to this live online experience from the comfort of your own home.
  • Created with Sketch.With every online tour booking, receive a $25 voucher for any Walks tour, valid for 2 years.

Explore a thousand years of history

Every day the intrepid eyes of a bronze statue watches earnestly over his domain, over the piazza that bears his name. This fiercely loyal guardian is the winged Lion of St. Mark’s, and his domain is Saint Mark’s Square in the Rialto district of Venice. Everyday the Lion slowly scans the area—the Doge’s Palace rises to the east, the tower of the Campanile to the west, the arcade of perfectly formed arches flank both his sides, and then with great eminence, he rests his eyes upon the Square’s holy masterpiece - the Basilica of St. Mark’s.

Join Walks in this incredible storytelling experience, along with our Venetian expert from their home amongst the canals of the lagoon, who will deconstr...

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Every day the intrepid eyes of a bronze statue watches earnestly over his domain, over the piazza that bears his name. This fiercely loyal guardian is the winged Lion of St. Mark’s, and his domain is Saint Mark’s Square in the Rialto district of Venice. Everyday the Lion slowly scans the area—the Doge’s Palace rises to the east, the tower of the Campanile to the west, the arcade of perfectly formed arches flank both his sides, and then with great eminence, he rests his eyes upon the Square’s holy masterpiece - the Basilica of St. Mark’s.

Join Walks in this incredible storytelling experience, along with our Venetian expert from their home amongst the canals of the lagoon, who will deconstruct the legend of St. Mark’s Basilica and the role Venetian culture had on its building, its art and architecture, and its legacy. Venice is a city with a convoluted past, a city with a veining history that detours in every direction but in the company of our local expert, the past begins to align.

Your guide will answer intriguing questions such as why Venetians favored glass mosaic over the rising Renaissance tradition of fresco paintings within the Basilica, as well as further define one of the city’s greatest accomplishments - its historical blend of flavors within art, architecture, economics, and politics.

With the Lion’s eyes in constant watch upon the facade of the Basilica—a facade where every artful detail is a small contribution to the history of not only Venice, but also its once ferocious sovereignty, the Republic of Venice. The Lion stands proudly with each memory of the economic and political triumphs he stands for.

In addition, for every online tour booking, you'll receive a $25 Walks voucher valid for use over the next two years!

Expressing gratitude to your guide through gratuities has never been easier—now featuring an online tipping portal!

All times specified are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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This was my second tour and it was wonderful. I really appreciated the maps and history comments made by our guide. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant. My only comment is that with his heavy accent and very fast talking, I had to really concentrate to get all of his words. All in all, a very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

Excellent time and it felt very interactive. The guide knows a ton, and he showed it, but he also talked about Venice overall and the people- it made it feel must more real.

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