Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Mosaics St. Mark Basilica
Venice Bridge Sighs
By Train

Venice from Florence by Train with Venice Highlights and Skip-the-Line entry to St Mark’s Basilica

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11.5 h.
Mon, Thu & Sat

  • Travel to Venice with ease on a high-speed train
  • Evade the tourists with Skip the Line Access into St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy stunning views over St. Mark's Square and the city of Venice from the Basilica Terrace
  • Relax on a cruise around the Grand Canal
  • Explore the city at your own pace during your free time

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Water taxi experience on Grand Canal
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • High-speed train return ticket
  • 2-hour guided tour with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear you guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • St. Mark’s Basilica (inside)
  • Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Views of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Marco Polo’s house
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro


If you are based in Florence for your holiday, you must add visiting Venice to your list, we’ve created the perfect tour so you can see the best of the city in just one day.

Enjoy The Perfect day in Venice

Begin your day by high-speed train to Venice, where on arrival you’ll meet a member of our team. Then its time for your first taste of the city by taking a quick trip by vaporetto to St. Mark’s Square, your guide will be waiting so you can begin exploring. Next, take advantage of our Skip the Line entry, bypassing the tourist lines to enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Accompanied by your guide, discover inside the basilica and gaze at the gold-laden mosaics that decorate the interior and ceilings. An added bonus that is not often included on standard tours, is a trip up to the Basilica Terraces, from the terraces see breath-taking views over the piazza and the city.

Explore the twisting back streets, cobbled squares, and small arched bridges on foot, as your guide shares stories from Venice’s colorful past. Learn why the city was built on a lagoon, how it came to be an important centre of trade and what events conspired to end its domination over much of the Mediterranean.

Seeing Secret Sights

Stroll across the church and palace-lined piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine, Renaissance, and modern elements fuse together their timeless portraits of the city. See the house where the world-famous explorer Marco Polo once lived and hear about his explorations and his epic journey to Asia.

When you arrive at Rialto Bridge, take some time to explore Venice at your own pace. Your guide will offer advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or where you can go to sample the famous chicchetti: similar to tapas and best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.

Experience the City by Water

Once you’re done exploring on foot, we’ll take to the water for a truly memorable moment: a panoramic cruise for our transfer from Rialto back to the train station, on board a private water taxi. Through its waterways Venice really shines. During your water taxi ride, cover part of the Grand Canal, starting from Rialto, getting a unique perspective of the city. We end the tour at the main station, where we board our high-speed train to head back to Florence.

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