SKIP THE LINE: INSIDE DOGE'S PALACE, GOLDEN BASILICA AND.... MUCH MORE.
Languages: English, French, Spanish and German every day – Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual.
Expert guide to discover the treasures of Doge’ Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
Jump the queue
Entrance to the Palaces surrounding St Mark’s square
Duration: 2 hours (20 minutes more for the demonstration in St. Mark’s Square)
SKIP THE LINE SAN MARCO
A guided tour in the Palazzo Ducale which represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic. You’ll live it together with a Guide that will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries.
You’ll be surprised of the rich details of the gold staircase, of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, you will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova.
An unforgettable tour not to be missed!
After, you visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a Tour Guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, you’ll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire The Pala d’oro, exquisite example of the byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.
You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket! You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria.
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.
- Meeting point: St. Mark’s Square – Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade)
- Timetable: every day at 10:45 AM (not available on Sunday)
- Duration: 2 hours (20 minutes more for the demostration in St. Mark’s Square)
- Languages: English, French, Spanish and German every day – Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual.
- Price: € 56 – Free under 6 years old
- The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to entry without waiting.Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).
This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people.
For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace and Golden Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
Comfortable shoes suggested – For the visit of Basilica proper clothing are required (no short or tank pops).
The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.
The tour does not operate on 8, 25 of December, 1, 6 of January, 25 april, 15 august and during the religious functions and in case exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded).
During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St.Mark’s Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide – For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.
Thomas (United States)
I truly enjoyed three different tours during our three days stay in Venice. They made the excursions fun and meaningful. It is delightful to have an expert guide you. Each guide was excellent. Booking system was easy, we could easily change also our reservation. I would highly recommend this company.
We went on three tours. Doge’s Palace, Walking tour and Gondola Ride. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learn so much and experienced a truly excellent adventure.
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Sergent Pepper (United States)
Just wanted to thank you for our wonderful experience in Venice. Caterina and Beatrice were just amazing! We really wish we could have spent more time with them. Thanks again for the unique experience
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