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Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars

Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

1. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, and more with your Venice museum pass. Glimpse into the past as you explore the treasures and cultural traditions across various museums and historic churches. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • Santa Maria Del Carmelo - I Carmini • San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

Venice: Historic Walking Tour

2. Venice: Historic Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour and immerse yourself in the fascinating city of Venice. Explore Rialto, St Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and more with a local expert. Pass over 100 famous sights along two different routes. With this flexible experience, if you fancy stopping for gelato or taking a gondola ride, you can hop off the guided tour at any point. Once you’re ready to re-join, simply use the app to auto-locate your nearest guide. You’ll also benefit from unlimited access to a mobile city guide, with suggested itineraries and routes to explore. Plot where you’re staying, find the nearest free Wi-Fi spots, and discover the best photo spots.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

3. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Take this stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a shore excursion to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Basilica. Enjoy an extraordinary gondola ride to round off your experience. Skip crowds and walking by transferring within Venice by boat. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle with room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your tour. Stroll across the first bridge of Venice and hop on a beautiful private water boat to get transferred to the St Mark's Square. Along the way, see the main sights of Venice the way they were meant to be seen - from the water. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Here you will also experience the world-famous Venice gondola ride, in small groups of maximum 5 people. Next, explore the San Marco Square on your own, or join your guide and head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage. Your guide will help you with tips or arrangements to get to your next destination, whether the airport, hotel, or a train station.

Venice: Highlights Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

4. Venice: Highlights Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

Experience the wonders of Venice on a guided walking tour past city highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and Doge’s Palace. Float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride. Select either a private or group tour and set out to discover Venice. Meet your guide at Santa Lucia station for group tours, or at any location of your choice for our private tours, and begin your Venice adventure. Get your camera ready for your stroll through one of the world's most romantic cities. Walk across the first bridge and pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval. Make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. Cross the grand Rialto Bridge and take in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Be awed by the grandeur of the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica and its clock tower and the Campinale (bell tower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Hop aboard a gondola and step back in time on this mode of travel that was once regularly used by upper class Venetians. Take in views of the city from the water and pass under romantic bridges. Finish your tour in St Mark's Square.

Venice: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Venice: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the history and culture of Venice in just 2 hours with this walking tour. Learn all about the city's craft traditions, such as glassblowing, and immerse yourself in the history of the Roman empire.  During your tour, visit iconic sights such as Saint Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace, and Saint Mark's Basilica and enjoy expert commentary from your tour guide. Continue your tour with visits to the famous Bridge of Sighs, the Grand Canal, and the house of Mozart.  Soak up the Venetian atmosphere as you wander around the city's cobbled streets, visiting the Fenice theater, Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, Frari Church, and the Accademia Gallery.

San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Learn the history of Venice as told through the tales of its prominent merchants, courtesans, and painters in San Polo, the site of the city's main market since 1097. The tour starts near the Rialto area. Venice was a city where west met east, and exotic items such as silk and spices were traded alongside traditional goods like copper and wood. The city's courtesans were well-off in this golden age and lived in sumptuous apartments. They were often accomplished musicians and raconteurs, and some were even deployed as secret spies for the state. Focus will then shift to the Venetian artists, with a visit to the Gothic Frari church, which dwarfs the eastern side of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in the 13th century, it is one of the city's largest places of worship. Simply the sheer size of its striking interior will amaze you, let alone the quality of its High Renaissance masterpieces – Titian's Assumption being the most famous.

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What people are saying about Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 335 reviews

So worth the money. Our tour guide Valentino was so friendly. She made the tour so interesting, explaining the history behind everything we saw. She equally allowed us to ask questions. You would definitely learn so much on this walking tour. She also advised us and gave suggestions of different foods to try out. When I return again, I will definitely book this walking tour again. Highly recommend it, very enjoyable and informative.

Elena was wonderful! It was so nice seeing the from a tour guide who’s ancestors were from Venice, and all of her stories were so much more interesting because they were personal growing up there in Venice. She was so nice and accommodating anything, and everything we needed. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! I would definitely recommend the tour and especially Elena!

A magnificent gateway in time. Remember to take a cable if you rent an audio guide And warm clothing in winter because the rooms are not heated.

Very good value for money. It allows you to visit a large number of museums and churches and thus to go around Venice. I recommend

It has many museums and attractions, it is totally worth buying it even if it is for a short time