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

Venice: Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track on Sunday

Product ID: 55944
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Skip the long lines to 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the golden interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, and see awe-inspiring mosaics. Explore the corridors of the Doges’ Palace, and walk over the Bridge of Sighs.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges' Palace
  • Walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • See masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese
  • Go to the prison cell where Casanova was imprisoned until his escape
  • Marvel at the work of the Venetian goldsmiths
  • Travel back in time to the days of the Venetian Empire
Full description
Travel back to the days of the Venetian Empire on a walking tour of 2 of the most important buildings in Venice. Go inside St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges’ Palace and admire their opulent interiors.

First, skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica, which enshrines the city’s history and the relics of saints. See stunning mosaics and gold work. Your guide will tell you the history of the cathedral and how it was built. Admire the masterpieces by Venetian goldsmiths.

Next, skip the lines to the neighboring Doges’ Palace, the ducal seat of power during the Venetian Republic. Admire its Byzantine architecture, passing through decorative chambers to see paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese, to name a few.

Continue down a very small passageway to cross the Bridge of Sighs from the inside, and descend into the prison cells where Casanova was incarcerated until his legendary escape.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • English-speaking guide
  • All tickets and entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to the upper floor of Saint Mark's Basilica
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet under the arches at the entrance to Saint Mark's Square and the Correr Museum. A tour assistant will be holding a sign with the name of the tour, and an orange umbrella. Directions by boat (Vaporetto): Take Vaporetto No. 1 or 2 to the “Valleresso” boat stop. Walk directly down Calle Valleresso, passing Harrys Bar on your right and the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal on your left. At the end of the street, turn right and walk towards Saint Mark's Square. Before you pass under the arches, bear left and then go right under the arches in front of the post office, making your way onto the square. Here you will find the entrance to the Correr Museum and see the tour assistant holding an orange umbrella at the entrance to the square. Directions on foot: Make you way into Saint Mark's Square. The Correr Museum is at the opposite side of the church on the other side of the square under the arches.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Please note that shoulders and knees must be covered when entering Saint Mark's Basilica
• Rucksacks are not allowed into Saint Mark's Basilica
• This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. You must be able to walk up the stairs inside the Doges Palace and cross a bridge
• Please note, on rare occasions, Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed without warning. On these days, the Basilica and the Square will be done externally only and the Doge's Palace will be 1.5 hours; total length of tour (Basilica + Doge's Palace) 2 hours
• Children 5 years old or younger enter for free.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 68 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.2/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Venice Events srl

Product ID: 55944