Venice iPod MP3 Audio Tour
The romantic city of Venice is like none other. Built on an island lagoon, the city began as a refuge from the invading Huns who swept through Italy in the 5th century. Thanks to it's location and picturesque canals, Venice soon became a major trading post between East and West and used its riches to build grand churches and magnificent palaces that still stand today.
On this self-guided tour we take you to the heart of Venice as we explore the area around San Marco Square and the Rialto Bridge. Here you will find all of Venice's most famous sites, including the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica - so named for the patron Saint of Venice whose body was smuggled out of Egypt in a pork barrel in 828 A.D. and now lies beneath the church. Find out how Casanova escaped from the infamous 'prison of lead' and how Marco Polo helped make Venice the richest city in all the world. From gondola rides to the mysteries of Carnival, this audio walking tour covers the basics and unmasks some of the secrets that help make Venice Europe's most intriguing city.
Sites on this tour: 1) Victor Emmanuel II Monument, 2) San Giorgio Maggiore, 3) Ponte Dei Sospiri, 4) Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore, 5) Gondolas, 6) Il Campanile, 7) Palazzo Ducale, 8) Basilica San Marco, 9) Piazza San Marco, 10) Torrel Dell'Orologio, 11) Merceria Market Street, 12) Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal.
Starting Point: Victor Emmanuel II Monument
Nearest Water Taxi Stop: Piazza San Marco
Estimated Walking Time: 1.5 hours