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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice

Absolute Venice: Walking Tour, Doge’s Palace and Basilica

Product ID: 220458
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The main landmarks of Venice in 1 day. Walking tour in the heart of the city, visit of Doge’s Palace and the Golden Basilica!
About this activity
Duration 210 minutes
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Be guided through the historical city center
  • Admire Doge Palace and the Basilica
  • Learn about the Golden Basilica with its mosaics of pure gold
Full description
The tour starts with a guided walking tour that starts from St. Mark’s square where you will admire the main monuments as Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie and Bell-tower. Then you will visit the famous Campo (square) Santa Maria Formosa, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of S. Giovanni and Paolo and then Rialto bridge with its traditional market.

Enter in the breathtaking Doge’s palace. The guide will escort in tis stunning rooms where the Doges lived and decided the faith of the glorious Venetian Republic. Admire the Golden staircase and the incredible artworks created by the most famous Italian artists as Tiepolo and Tiziano. You will cross the Bridge of Sighs to go inside the cold and dark Venetian prisons, where also Casanova was held.

Later, the guide will bring you in the St. Mark’s Basilica, know as the Golden Cathedral, thanks to its stunning mosaic made by pure gold! Here you will discover its endless history and the great Pala D’oro (altar full of diamonds and precious stones). The beauty of this five-domes Basilica will impressive you.

At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark’s square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.

You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
  • Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
  • Skip-the-line: Doge’s Palace, the Basilica and Pala D’Oro guided tour
  • Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
  • Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palace around St. Mark’s Square (Old Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). An assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Customers are advised not to go to the Bell Tower.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
• Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
• The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same part
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
Review summary
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Product ID: 220458