Water taxi on the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge at the back
Campo St. Maria Formosa
St. Mark's Basilica Venice
St. Mark Mosaics Venice
By Train

Venice from Rome by High-Speed Train with Skip the Line to St. Mark’s

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14.45 h.
Sun, Mon, Thu & Sat

  • Explore Venice’s top sights in one day from Rome, including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and more.
  • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica with Skip the Line Access to see its golden mosaics up close and marvel at sweeping views of the Venice skyline with Special Access to its terraces.
  • Indulge in a private water taxi cruise for a transfer from the train station to Rialto (groups limited to 10 people) to discover Venice from its most beautiful vantage point – the water!
  • Enjoy a comprehensive experience in Venice as you have 7 hours in the city, and the right balance of guided tours and free time for individual exploration.
  • Sit back and relax with round-trip transportation between Rome and Venice by high-speed train.
  • Expert commentary on the history and mysteries of Venice from a local expert guide.
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you don't miss a detail.

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Water Taxi experience on Grand Canal (group limited to 10 people)
  • Roundtrip High-speed train ticket
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • St. Mark’s Basilica (inside)
  • Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • View 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 the Lion of Venice
  • Cannaregio District (by boat)

Discover a city like no other! Venice continues to charm and fascinate those who visit. Historically and culturally rich, there is so much to see and more to do. We’ve organised this perfect day trip for you so that you don’t miss out of this iconic city.

Skip The Queues

Enjoy a short, comfortable trip by high speed train from Rome to Venice, where you’ll be met by a member of the team to embark on your first water way journey, via Vaporetto to St Marks Basilica. Upon arrival you’ll skip ahead of the tourists and head straight into the Basilica with your local guide. You’ll get to see the golden mosaics adorning the domed interior as well as head up to the famous Basilica terraces, a perk rarely included in standard tours, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the city.

You’ll then start a guided tour on foot: Strolling 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 seamlessly together. Walk by Marco Polo’s house and hear about how the Venetian merchant set off to sea one day and returned with tales of faraway eastern lands that in those days, few had ever seen. Your guide will tell you stories of the rich Venetian history and culture that has so charmed the world.

Explore the Rialto Bridge

Upon reaching the iconic Rialto Bridge, you will then have some free time to enjoy Venice at your own pace. Explore further down the canals, go shopping or find your picture-perfect location for your holiday photo. Your guide will offer local advice on the best restaurants you can try for lunch, or take a trip to the famous Harry’s Bar where the Bellini was invented.

Cruise Along the Venetian Canals

After your free time, head back down to the water for a cruise along some of the lesser known areas of the Venetian Canals. Starting at the Grand Canal we’ll move to through the Rio dei Apostili, the Fondamenta Nuove and the Cannaregio District. It’s through its waterways that the beauty of Venice really shines. We end the tour at the main station, where we board our speed train for our return to Rome.

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