Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour, Venice

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour, Venice

San Marco is one of the six sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice, set in the very heart of the city. It is known primarily as the home of the eponymous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and other notable locations, such as Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Harry's Bar, the Palazzo Dandolo, San Moisè, the La Fenice theatre, the Palazzo Grassi and several churches. Once the seat of the Venetian government, the district is densely packed with many hotels, banks and expensive shops prompted, as of lately, by the influx of tourists. In large part, San Marco makes Venice what it is and, as such, demands exploration!
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad. Watch the video below to learn more about how the app works.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: naomi
1
Piazza San Marco

1) Piazza San Marco (must see)

Piazza San Marco, is the principal square of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a piazza in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
2
Doge's Palace

2) Doge's Palace (must see)

The Doge's Palace was the symbol and the heart of political life and administration throughout the history of the Republic of Venice. Since 1923 the Palace has been open as a museum to the public. After receiving the patent, Titian became an overseer of official work and was engaged to finish the work of Giovanni Bellini, in the Doge's Palace. Also he was hired by the dukes to paint their portraits and he finished 20 of them. You can admire the amazing work done by Titian throughout...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
3
Venice's Waterfront

3) Venice's Waterfront

Venice's Waterfront is a long, wonderful journey. Along the way, you'll see the Zaccaria and the Pieta waterbus platforms. It is a nice place to take a quiet walk and take in the open air. Zaccaria is an important stop for lots of boat lines. If you're lucky, you may see a boat like Croisi Europe's...   view more
4
Giardinetti Reali

4) Giardinetti Reali

Giardinetti Reali, located near the Piazza San Marco, numbers among the few green oases in Venice. The garden was established by an order of Napoleon in the early 19th century. This public garden has a variety of trees and flowers with narrow pathways and seats were you can spend a leisurely afternoon or...   view more
5
Calle Vallaresso

5) Calle Vallaresso

Calle Vallaresso is a street next to the Piazza San Marco where for centuries were situated gambling houses. Casanova was famous for his passion for money. He loved to spend money, and gambling was an easy way to get some. Gambling was for him a way of socializing, flirting and making new connections. Also, here, you will find the Ridotto theater that used to be a major gambling house during Casanova's...   view more
6
Parrocchia Di San Moise

6) Parrocchia Di San Moise

This church is dedicated to Moses, as the Venetians have a tradition of preferring the prophets of the Old Testament. No one knows exactly when it was built, but it is known that in the 9th century the edifice was reconstructed. The facade is astonishing, and the main mural painting inside - Mount Sinai with Moses receiving the Tablets - is a masterpiece made by Heinrich...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
7
La Fenice

7) La Fenice (must see)

Teatro La Fenice ("The Phoenix") is an opera house in Venice. It is one of the most famous theaters in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theaters. Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has twice burned and been rebuilt. La Fenice was rebuilt in 19th-century style on the basis of a design by architect Aldo Rossi and using still photographs...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
8
Palazzo Bellavite

8) Palazzo Bellavite

Palazzo Bellavite is a 16th century palace located in Campo San Maurizio. Once it was a prestigious residence. Now it is a study center and an office complex. The place was home to the Venetian poet Giorgio Baffo. He was a good friend of the young Casanova and also a lover of Casanova's mother, Giovanna...   view more
9
Campo Santo Stefano

9) Campo Santo Stefano

Campo Santo Stefano was and is the favorite meeting-point of the Venetians. Many love affairs were born through walking up and down this square and many Venetians found themselves duped into courting stupendous ladies only to discover, when it was too late, that beneath the mask was just a common woman. This square once hosted bullfights, but nowadays it hosts outdoor fairs during Christmas and Carnevale...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
10
Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

10) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is a palace in Venice, not far from the Ponte dell'Accademia and next to the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal of Venice. It was erected in 1565. In the nineteenth century it was internally modernised and externally enriched in Venetian Gothic style, with rich window framing, by a series of grand owners. The first neo-Gothic improvements were made after 1840, when the young Archduke Frederick Ferdinand of Austria (1821-1847) reassembled the property, the Palazzo...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
11
Palazzo Malipiero

11) Palazzo Malipiero

Giacomo Casanova was born, in 1725, in a building adjacent to Palazzo Malipiero. From 1740 onwards, he lived in the Palazzo and became a confidant of Senator Alvise II Gasparo Malipiero. Here he started his first love affairs and had the opportunity to establish relations with Italy's most important people. After being caught, in flagrante delicto, with a mistress of Alvise II, he was expelled from...   view more
12
Campo San Samuele

12) Campo San Samuele

Campo San Samuele is a square located on the bank of Grand Canal. The square is home to some amazing palaces of great historical, architectural and cultural importance for Venice, such as the Palazzo Malipiero and the Palazzo Grassi, to name just two. Both palaces were homes of the greatest Venetian lover of all times, Giacomo Casanova. In the center of the square is located the Chiesa di San Samuele, this is the church where Casanova was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
13
Palazzo Grassi

13) Palazzo Grassi (must see)

Palazzo Grassi (also known as the Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is an edifice in the Venetian Classical style located on the Grand Canal of Venice. It was designed by Giorgio Massari, and the building was completed between 1748 and 1772. The latecomer among the palaces on the Grand Canal of Venice, Palazzo Grassi has an academic classical style that is in contrast to the surrounding Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palazzi. It has a formal palace façade, constructed in white marble, and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
14
Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S.Stefano Protomartire

14) Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S.Stefano Protomartire

This is one of the largest churches in Venice and is situated in the northern part of the city. The edifice was built in the 13th century, rebuilt in the 14th and redecorated partially in the 15th. Many years of construction, reconstruction and redecoration show us today a magnificent, wonderful architectural gem with painting and design to match. The church is the resting place for a few famous persons, such as: Francesco Morosini, Doge Andrea Contarini and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
15
Teamo Wine Bar

15) Teamo Wine Bar

Only the name of this wine bar would make you love it at first sight. Te Amo in translation means I Love You. It is a very cozy, warm and not very crowded place. The wine here is sold by the bottle too, of course. It is possible to have your wine sent directly to the hotel, so no unfortunate cases could ruin your...   view more
16
Palazzo Grimani di San Luca

16) Palazzo Grimani di San Luca (must see)

The Palazzo Grimani di San Luca is a Renaissance building in Venice. It is located on the Rio di San Luca channel of the city, at the point in which it flows into the Canal Grande. The palace was built in the mid-16th century for procurator Gerolamo Grimani by architect Michele Sanmicheli, and completed after his death by Gian Giacomo de' Grigi, known as "il Bergamasco". The façade has three sectors with Corinthian columns, also inspired to the Roman architecture, in particular...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice. This is a place that enriched the cultural, social and economic life of Venice in the course of its history. The square is the host of the famous Venice landmarks as the Doge's Palace, Basilica San Marco and the Procuratie. Piazza San Marco is always full of people and pigeons.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo is the smallest and one of the oldest districts in Venice, established circa 9th century AD. It has hosted the city's main market since 1097, and been linked to the eastern bank of the Grande Canal, via the Rialto Bridge, since the 13th century. Apart from the bridge, other attractions in the area include the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the Campo San Polo, the House of Goldoni, the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Church of San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. If you're in love with Venice, you'll find plenty to see in this part of the city!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Titian's Tour

Titian's Tour

Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters of all time. He represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. His works are well-known for their realistic interpretation of biblical episodes. Titian had a style of his own that cannot be compared with that of the other artists of his period. This tour will guide you through the most important places in Titian's life and work.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano is often called the Glass Island, since it is home to the most impressive and renowned Venetian glass factories. The glass makers here have preserved their centuries-old techniques. The island is full of shops were you can admire and purchase these adorable glass items. Some factories have special showrooms where you can see the full process of glass making.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


15 Distinctively Italian Things to Buy in Venice

15 Distinctively Italian Things to Buy in Venice

Venice has been a tourist mecca for over a century now, with millions of visitors flocking in every year to see this unique place on the face of the Earth. Many, if not all, of these people seek to obtain something memorable as a token of their stay in this city. By far, not all of them know which...