Our run will start in Saint Mark’s square in the early morning, when the square is empty and quiet. We’ll run by Saint Mark’s basilica, gazing at its shimmering golden mosaics and its fancy marbles. We’ll listen to the sound of the bells of the campanile, the tallest bell tower of the city, and we’ll learn how to read the time on the Torre dell’Orologio, a five hundred year old clock tower.
We’ll continue on to the Doge’s Palace to run under its gothic arcades until we reach the most famous bridge of the city: the Bridge of Sighs!
The tour continues along St. Mark’s basin to reach the district of Castello and the monumental entrance of the Arsenale: the complex of shipyards where the Venetians built the ships for their merchants and their powerful fleet. The gate to the Arsenale is watched by two gigantic lions. Would you like to know why? Our run will then proceed to the residential district of Cannaregio, swerving in the winding calles and stepping up and down the bridges; the smell of fresh made coffee coming from the first floor windows will wake us up and give us the energy to reach the Jewish Ghetto. We’ll run by the ancient synagogues and proceed to the Scalzi Bridge across the Grand Canal. It’s time to change district and move to Santa Croce and Dorsoduro district: we’ll see the greatest universities of Venice: the IUAV and the Ca’ Foscari, we’ll go by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and continue on to the Punta della Dogana. The Dogana was once the custom house of the Most Serene Republic of Venice and it stands right at the entrance of the Grand Canal, giving a view on Saint Mark Venice that will stick with you for quite some time.