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City Tours in Venice: Unusual Venice 1

Ceiling of the Basilica of St Mark

Byzantine Venice 1: Middle Age Mosaics  in Venice, Murano and Torcello – full day tour

In its earliest days Venice was a province of the Byzantine Empire. Though soon emerging as an independent state, the cultural and artistic influences of Byzantium  on Venice were to remain  evidently strong for many centuries to come. Byzantine artists were often invited to Venice to produce the rich decoration for its most important IX C churches and a considerable part of those early fascinating genuine Byzantine mosaics is still preserved in Venice and its lagoon.  We’ll begin from the most known and visited mosaics in Venice, those draping the walls and domes of  the basilica of St Mark, and we will learn about the characteristic and symbolism of these mosaics.

Detail of the mosaic floor of Santa Maria 
		  and DonatoThen we’ll reach the island of Murano by boat to visit the church of Santa Maria and Donato with its unbelievable mosaic floor, the cryptic symbolism of which has been recently revealed.

The Last Judgemen - mosaic in Torcello Torcello will be the next and last stop. Here the first refugees who were escaping the barbarian invasions founded the very first lagoon settlement. The church Santa Maria Assunta is the oldest building preserved in the Venetian lagoon, and contains the most beautiful mosaics you can see in Venice like the huge Last Judgment that will be described in all its fascinating and curious details.
From Torcello the boat will take us back to Venice

 

Duration: Full day tour 7/8 hrs - The tour requires public or private waterborne transportation

Admission fees:
4,50 € Golden Screen and Museum of St Mark's Church
3,00 Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello

Tour price:
Guide service for parties of up to 6 people: 580,00€
Public Transport: 10,50 per person
Private water taxi for parties of up to 6 people: 550,00 €
Group rate on request

Optional:
Visit to a glass blowing factory in Murano island
Lunch in Torcello at the famous Cipriani or, alternatively, another good typical restaurant.

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