Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars

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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, and Biblioteca Marciana. You can also explore the history of the Jewish communities of Venice at the Ghetto Museum. Founded in 1953, and situated between the city’s 2 most historic synagogues, the museum is both devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and objects used for the liturgy, and explores the history of the Venetian Jews through images and objects. 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 • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • San Giuseppe di Castello • San Vidal • San Giacomo di Rialto.

Venice: Guided City Walking Tour

2. Venice: Guided City 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.

Venice: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Venice: City Highlights Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

5. Venice: City Highlights Walking Tour with 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. Hear your guide clearly with sanitized headsets. Float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride. Meet your guide at Santa Lucia station and begin your Venice adventure. Pickup your headsets and 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.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

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

Enjoy a stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a day trip to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided walking tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Basilica, and Frari Chapel. Have the option to add a gondola ride to round off your experience. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned bus with plenty of 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 walking tour. Stroll across the first bridge and make your way to the San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Next, stop at Campo San Polo, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for carnival. 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. 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. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage, or if you select the optional gondola experience, begin your ride through the city's canals before collecting your luggage.

Trieste Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola

7. Trieste Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola

Enjoy a stress-free transfer in a spacious bus from the port of Trieste. Explore the city of Venice on a guided walking tour to sights like Doge’s Palace and the Frari Chapel. Store your luggage and take in the sights without heavy bags. Have the option choose a tour with an iconic gondola ride. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned bus with plenty of room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax and take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Once you arrive, 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 walking tour. Stroll across the first bridge and make our way to the San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Stop at Campo San Polo, 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, 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. 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 Campinale (Bell tower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Afterwards, transfer to pickup your luggage, or if you select the option gondola experience, begin your ride through the city's canals before collecting your luggage.

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

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 134 reviews

The pass allowed us, the day before Easter, to skip a kilometer queue, and we were also able to visit the listed museums and palaces at a ridiculously low price.

Save time thanks to this pass The opportunity to discover areas of Venice that otherwise you would not have known

It was a great experience and hardly any waiting times. Would I book again.

Everything went well and quickly with the tickets and admission.

Short walking tour but interesting. The guide was very funny