Getting on/off a vaporetto. Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; cobblestones, marble flooring, uneven stone sidewalks; crossing bridges that span canals, some without handrails, unavoidable stairs. NOTE: Orientation will be held after breakfast on this day. NOTE: The “On Your Feet” activity level group will not walk the mercato, and will head out separately for this field trip.
In the Terrace Café — and on the Lido Deck in nice weather — there are hot and cold dishes to choose from such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fruits, breads, pastries, and a variety of healthy choices as well as milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Meals feature fresh ingredients in tasty preparations.
We'll step off the ship and board a vaporetto for a short trip down the Grand Canal to the Rialto area, where we will see the famed bridge and stroll the mercato like a local. A local expert will give us an overview of the area’s unique history and its importance to the city as we continue our exploration to see some of the most famous highlights of Venice. St. Mark’s Square is the largest public space in the city, called the "drawing room of Europe" in the 19th century. It is also one of the most impressive public squares anywhere with the Basilica di San Marco (Basilica of St. Mark), Campanile (bell tower), and Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), commonly called the Doge’s Palace. St. Mark’s Basilica, formally the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, was long ago nicknamed the chiesa d’oro — church of gold —for its magnificent ornamentation. Construction on the present edifice began circa 1063 and was completed in 1071. St. Mark’s brilliantly represents the spiritual and material heritage of Byzantium as well as the wealth and power of Venice as a city-state. While the architectural structure is that of a Greek cross surmounted by five domes, the interiors are lavishly decorated with mosaics, gold, marble, and precious materials of many kinds as well as masterpieces of art and sculpture. Our expert will lead our exploration of the Doge’s Palace that was the seat of civic and political power. Doge in the Venetian dialect was equivalent to duke but the Doges of Venice served as head of state for more than a thousand years. They embellished the residential quarters and ceremonial chambers of the Great Council with lavish artwork, including murals by Tintoretto and Veronese. We will see the spacious courtrooms and the Prisons, connected by the Bridge of Sighs. Those convicted of crimes walked from the courtroom to prison across the infamous bridge, so called because of prisoners’ reaction knowing it was their last glimpse of light and air.
Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant, or choose to dine ashore on your own.
Free time. Enjoy activities of your choice aboard ship, or take advantage of this time to explore independently.
Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.
At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Venice on our journey to Kotor.