Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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See St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a guided tour of Venice. With your guide, learn the history of the Venetian Republic and witness Renaissance masterpieces as you explore.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Learn about the doges of the Venetian Empire in the Doge's Palace
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
  • See more than 4,000 square meters of stunning mosaics
  • Admire frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto
  • Learn about some of the famous prisoners of the Doge's Palace
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice on a tour of the once-great maritime empire. Explore 2 of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square, and step inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Get an in-depth look at how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean.

Marvel at the priceless treasures within and enjoy special access to the 1st-floor terrace, where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the 4th Crusade.

Skip the lines to the Doge’s Palace, and explore the political heart of the Venetian Empire. Admire the opulent apartments and Hall of the Great Council where laws were made under the stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto.

Tour the armory and prisons to learn how grim life was for anyone unlucky enough to be taken prisoner. Discover the secret behind the mysterious black veil and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

  • Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Special access to the terraces in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets (when needed)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your guide just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco. At St. Mark's square, on the opposite side of the Basilica, you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • The tour cannot accommodate those in wheelchairs as the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica and the prisons and armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations. In the event the venue is closed, you will be given explanations from the outside
  • Please remember that the Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 878 reviews

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Roberta, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the locations. She gave us a lot of interesting info and allowed for questions. The timing was also well done. It allowed us to look around in the areas and she gave us time to take pictures. They gave us headsets to listen to her during the tour since I was in a group of 25 so it’d be hard to listen. Make sure to turn up the volume of your headset. They also provided earphones. Anyways overall I would take the tour again I learned so much and it made me appreciate the locations even more

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May 10, 2022

Even though we met as a big group, finally, we divided into small groups, and the whole organization of the tour was excellent. If you want to know something about the history of Venice, the meaning of the San Marko Piazza, San Marco Basilica, and Doge Palace in a fast way, I would recommend this tour.

April 19, 2022

Andrea was the best guide I’ve had. As an architect and native Venetian, he had unique perspective and a genuine interest in what he was teaching and sharing with our group. He was patient when needed, knowledgeable in answering questions, easy to understand, took great pictures on request, and his enthusiasm was infectious. I can’t recommend him enough. Even if we didn’t have such a wonderful guide, this was a great, jam packed itinerary I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone visiting for the first time.

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April 8, 2022

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