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  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Venice Walking Tour

Product ID: 11344
Explore medieval Venice on this 3.5-hour tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Marvel at the magnificent interiors of the buildings, and revel in the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. Enjoy a walking tour to see significant Venetian monuments.
About this activity
Duration: 210 minutes
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English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
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  • Soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark's Square
  • Explore the Doge's Palace, including the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Marvel at the interior of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy a walking tour of St.Mark's Square and S. Maria Formosa, with its lively "Campo", one of the most popular squares in Venice
  • Walk through the famous Mercerie, Venice’s main shopping district
Full description
Skip the long lines to enter 2 of the most popular and spectacular buildings in Venice! Start your tour at the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Here you will hear the history of how the Duke and his council made decisions that controlled the fate of this 1,000-year republic.

Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages, and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the Palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova.

After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, you will be taken on a tour of the inside of St. Mark's Basilica. The Cathedral displays some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, and is the only cathedral of its kind in Italy.

Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Learn about the Basilica's history, and discover the Biblical symbolism behind the Cathedral’s art. Admire the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the Basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.

During the walking tour you will see The Church and Campo of SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon” of Venice, the great charitable Scuola and the heroic deeds of the famed Captains of fortune; Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran - where ancient and recent history meet in this wonderful corner of Venice.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Guided tour inside the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the Yex Change office in St. Mark’s Square, under the arcades of the Clock Tower.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please be aware that due to security checks, you may have to queue to get inside the attractions
• Groups up to 35 people
• From November to March, tours can be bilingual
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 859 reviews

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    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Fantastic tour with so much information

What a great tour this is Our guide was so informative in fact I don't think she hardly stopped talking giving us interesting facts about sites we visited & the history of Venice Dogo's place is absolutely fascinating & Basilica is mesmerising Brief history around some of the streets of Venice just made the tour complete Make time to do this tour you won't be disappointed

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September 24, 2017

Excellent Overview Tour

Really good tour of the two main sites. We thought the pace was good, spoken english of the guide was excellent and she kept the group together well. It was a warm day (28c) when we visited last week and I thought that the 3.5/4 hours was just enough when started at 09:00. It was also very quiet in the Doge's Palace when we entered. That was a bonus! The Basilica was very busy but again, the guide marshalled the group well. Very happy with the value on this for two.

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June 12, 2017

The guide was very knowledgeable and kind. Went the extra mile and gave us a free tour of the glass blowing factory nearby. Tour was interesting and worth it.

July 10, 2019

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Very Viva Venice Srl

Product ID: 11344