Discovering St. Mark's Square, The Basilica & The Doge's Palace Guided Tour
Guided tour to discover St. Mark's area: the Basilica and the Doge's Palace.
- Walking tour to discover the heart of Venice
- Guided tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica and the Doge's Palace (entrance to the monuments included)
What you can expect:
This guided tour will offer you a full overview of the history of Venice and its most important buildings: the magnificent Doge’s Palace, seat of the government, court of justice, prison of the ancient Republic of Venice, historic residence of the Doges and the St. Mark’s Basilica, symbol of the Christianity and of the religious power of the city.
The visit begins in St. Mark's Square, where our guide will give you a taste of the history and traditions of the Venice of the past, illustrating the main monuments and revealing all the secrets jealously kept by the most beautiful square in the world. For example, can you believe that originally the square was used as a vegetable garden or that a defensive canal used to surround the Doge’s Palace?
The visit will then continue inside the marvelous St. Mark's Basilica , also known as the Golden Church due to the majesty of the treasures stored inside it and the golden mosaics that decorate its walls. Symbol par excellence of the greatness and power of the Republic of Venice, the Basilica preserves the remains of Saint Mark, stolen, according to the legend, in Alexandria by two ingenious Venetian merchants.
Last but not least, you will visit the Doge's Palace, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that has no equal in the world. Besides the beauty of the Courtyard, the magnificence of the Chambers where the history of the Venetian Republic was decided and the charm of the most impenetrable prisons of the time, you will find important artworks by authors such as Tintoretto, Tiziano, Veronese and many others.
Duration: about 3 hours
Operative according to the Basilica and the Doge's Palace calendar
Children 0-5 years are free of charge
Entrance ticket to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace s is included. We reccomend to wear appropriate clothes for a place of worship.
Change your voucher into a regular ticket at the meeting point
The meeting point is at San Marco Giardinetti Alilaguna ticket office. Please arrive strictly 15 minutes prior to departure.
Visitors are recommended to wear appropriated clothes for a place of worship when entering St. Mark’s Basilica. Entrance with voluminous bags and bagpacks is not allowed.
NOTE: In case of variation on your reservation please contact us by e-mail or phone at least 24 hours before your service (subject to avaliability).
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours before the selected date.