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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Full Venice Walking Tour: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's

Product ID: 64460
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Discover the highlights and peaceful corners of Venice on an immersive walking tour. Stroll down narrow alleys to picturesque squares where Venetians conduct their daily social lives. Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. 
About this activity
Duration 4 - 4.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Audio guide/headphones
English, German, Spanish, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the highlights and most iconic symbols of Venice
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of art in the Doge's Palace
  • See gold mosaics and the gem-encrusted Pala d'Oro in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Discover picturesque corners where Venetians gather to socialize
  • Learn interesting facts about Venice and life in a city built on water
Full description
Meet your guide on Piazza San Marco for the start of an immersive walking tour. Learn the story of Venice and the Venetian Empire at monuments such as the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's Clock Tower and the Procuratie, built over the arcades of Piazza San Marco (external views only).

Stroll over to Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo and its famous Pantheon. Next, go to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, also knowns as the “Great School of Charity” whose members ((Captains of Fortune) included some of the great Italian explorers of the 15th century. Head back to Piazza San Marco to admire the Teatro Malibran, once the "biggest, most beautiful and richest theatre in the city." Walk down the shopping street of Le Mercerie to see the boutiques of top designers in what was once the pulsing heart of the city's commercial life.

Along the way, wander the small alleys known as “calli” and discover picturesque squares where Venetians still gather to conduct their everyday social lives. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the "Serenissima" and its everlasting story.

Then, skip the long lines to the Doge’s Palace and explore one of the most important symbols of Venice. As the seat of Venetian political power for centuries, the majestic rooms contain hundreds of masterpieces of art that will take your breath away.

Next, enter the beautiful Byzantine monument of St. Mark's Basilica and learn about Saint Mark and how his ruins came to rest here. See stunning mosaics of gold and marble inlays, and learn the history of the architectural masterpiece and its priceless treasures. Go to the Treasury to look at a splendid example of religious art, and marvel at the thousands of gems and precious stones of the Pala d’Oro.
Includes
  • Entrance ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Skip-the line access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Transport
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet in front of the Yex exchange office near St. Mark's Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note that due to new security measures, lines to enter the Doge's Palace may be expected even for travelers with skip-the line access. All travelers are required to go through the safety checks (metal detector)
• On bank holidays and special dates a large number of participants may be excepted. This is not a private or small group tour
• For security reasons, backpacks and bags are not permitted inside St. Mark's Basilica and must be left at the free deposit in Calle San Basso. Travelers are kindly advised to take as few bags as possible in order to avoid the long lines at the deposit
• Please wear appropriate clothes to enter St. Mark's Basilica (no bare knees or shoulders)
• Please note that no refunds will be given for no shows or late arrivals. The tour takes place even in the event of rain. In the event of exceptionally high tides, the tour may be cancelled and a refund will be provided
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 9 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.5/5

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Gray Line Venice - Park Viaggi

Product ID: 64460