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"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants
"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants Courtesans and Painters""In a city where west met the east exotic items like silk and oriental spices were traded along with copper and wood. Many of the courtesans lived in sumptuous apartments and were accomplished musicians and brilliant conversationalists. They were even secretly used as spies for the state.The second part of this tour allows you to admire the Gothic Frari church which dwarfs the eastern section of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in around 1250 it is one of the city's largest places of worship. You will admire its striking interior
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour
"A secret walking tour that will allow you to know the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals beautiful squares and churches.Discover the areas of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and experience the authentic Venice following routes more peculiar than the classic tourist tours. There are numerous examples of places that bridges and facades.The tour departs from the top middle section of Rialto Bridge and explore the secret spots of Rialto and San Polo area. The route can be customised according to your personal wishes."""Discover the authenticity of Venice and visit those hidden pathways and secret spots like a local. Explore the city's streets during this 2-hours walking tour with the help of knowledgeable local guide.title=Highlights&1=%3Cp%3E2-hour+private+walking+tour+of+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&2=%3Cp%3ESee+the+hidden+side+of+Venice+only+locals+know%3C%2Fp%3E&3=%3Cp%3EGet+away+from+the+crowds+to+see+authentic+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&4=%3Cp%3EChoose+a+morning+or+afternoon+tour%3C%""
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Piazza San Marco: Night Time Magic in Piazza San Marco

It is unlikely that any visitor to Venice will miss Piazza San Marco, arguably the most famous square in Europe. The history and architecture of the "drawing room of Europe" is well documented. Daytime visitors will take away memories of an exciting environment filled with people from all over the world, street vendors of all sorts and, of course, the pigeons. But, limiting your visit to the daytime will not complete your experience.

Nighttime is when the magic comes alive. Gone is the hustle and bustle, replaced with romance. The square becomes aglow with lights from under the colonnades and from every column and pilaster. Music can be heard from every corner. The night mutes the visual details to a nearly sepia tone while the textures of the surrounding buildings and the patterns of the pavers reveal themselves.

Strolling through the piazza I suddenly become aware of my footfalls. I feel as though Carol and I are alone in our experience. There are still many others around us but the pace is slower, their voices are lower and they all feel the same as me.

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Dec 15, 2004

Piazza San Marco: Venice at Night

The shops and attractions are closed by 7pm.. most close earlier. So when the sun sets.. it's time to just relax and enjoy the venetian ambience. Of course i couldn't afford a cup of anything at any of the cafes at the piazza.. so i juz sat on of those platforms used during the aquas alte (high water).

It was nice and relaxing.. till it got too chilly.

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Feb 18, 2006

Piazza San Marco: Dueling Orchestras at night

Good for an hour or so worth of diversion one night, get a chuckle from the dueling orchestras on Piazza San Marco at night.

Battle of the bands Venetian style. A little corny but actually kind of funny, as the musicians were pretty good and would get very comical at times. Everybody usually ends up checking it out once, and I liked it.

It is free if you stand and wander back & forth between the orchestras. You pay Venice prices for drinks if you sit down.

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Aug 26, 2004

Piazza San Marco: Dancing in a Near-Empty Piazza

It's so refreshing to be in St. Marks Square or Piazza San Marco at night after the Day Trippers are gone....It's mysterious, romantic, dream-like.

One night as Allan and I were walking after dinner, we went to the square where the "Dueling Orchestras" were playing. There were a few couples, some street artists, and the we slow danced for just a few minutes. It was quite lovely. Being the romantic that I am, it is a fond memory of Venice.

We took pictures, but it did not work well. I'll try the picture we have of the orchestra playing/ the street artist displaying his wares.

Dress Code There is no dress code. Just be with someone you love.

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Apr 26, 2005
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Piazza San Marco: Music Everywhere

In fact, as you stroll Piazza San Marco you will hear so many bands, competing for your attention. It's free, of course, unless you decide to sit down. It's such a fun atmosphere, people will spontaneously begin dancing or singing.

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Oct 14, 2003

San Marco Square: A Cheaper Route

At night in San Marco Square many of the cafes have live music. They play many things, such as musicals, or classic, or popular older tunes. It's really nice to stand and listen to, just watch out if you decide to sit down and have coffee, a cup can be E8, which amount to $9 roughly. Best thing to do is just stand behind the seating and take in the atmoshere and save yourself the expensive coffe. If you don't mind the price, the coffee is good!

Dress Code None!

Jul 14, 2003

Piazza San Marco: Nighttime music and promenade

The cafe's around the St Marks Square are alive at night with people drinking and earting and listening to the small orchestraa, as well as a large number aof wandering people standing behind the cafe area just enjoying the music and ambience for free! The choice is yours!
If money is not the issue then definitely park yourself down and order one of the most expensive coffees/whiskies/wines etc etc that you will ever buy BUT enjoy the surroundings its great especially if you are with your loved one!!

Dress Code Dress up smart you'll be glad you did

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Dec 10, 2003

Piazza San Marco: Take a walk and enjoy the music

We just took a stroll through Piazza San Marco one evening and enjoyed the terrific music being played at a couple of the Cafe's. From classical to jazz, the talented musicians are playing tunes to entertain the clientele and you can enjoy it too.

You can stop and grab a drink and listen or you can just stroll along and enjoy it.

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Piazza San Marco: Piazza San Marco

It is wonderful to see Venice by night. A lot of beautiful buildings have lots of lights, like the Piazza San Marco you can see in this picture. I've never seen a city more beautiful at night than Venice.

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Jan 25, 2005

Piazza San Marco: Strolling in Twilight Romance

Let the twilight hypnotise you into a Venetian trance. There are plenty of people to watch while comfortably seated at the many restaurants that will serve your food to you right on the Piazza. There are often quartets that play pieces for you as you dine. If you don't happen to be right in front of one of the orchestras, don't worry because you can hear the melodious tones reverberate throughout the Piazza.

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Aug 04, 2004

Piazza San Marco: Mingle with the locals

At carnival time, whether you're in costume or not it's great to wander around and around in St Marks Square and mingle with all the other folks.

We met this particularly charming looking Italian gentleman who stole our hearts with his smile and said a soft, quiet "Ciao" as he strode by. He probably thought we were lunatics giggling like schoolgirls as I had my picture taken next to him in my Harry Potter outfit! He did look rather bemused by it all the poor fella....

Get talking to people, have your picture taken with them, stand and watch the people in the Florian Cafe in costume - or better yet, get in costume yourself.

Dress Code Smart dress or costume if you are planning to go in the Florian. Otherwise, wear whatever takes your fancy.

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Jul 12, 2005

Piazza San Marco: You've got to stay the night in Venice.

You can't just do a day trip to Venice, when it is crawling with other people just doing a day trip (or all those cruise people). Stay the night, and wander through the streets to San Marco square where the musicians from the cafes play great music. It's a fabulous atmosphere not to be missed. You don't even have to pay the expensive sitting fee at the tables at the cafe -- just stand in the background with groups of other tourists. You can even dance with your travel partner, or by yourself.

Dress Code No dress code -- just casual. Maybe bring a sweater in case it gets a bit chilly.

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Mar 01, 2005

Things to Do Near Venice

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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