History of the Venetian lagoon, from the origins to the recent facts :
452 – Attile the Hun levels city of Aquileia: refugees flee to islands of Venetian lagoon
568 – refugees fleeing Lombards double lagoon’s population
697 – the parlamentari council proclaims Venice a Republic and elects the first Doge
829 – remains of St. Mark brought from Alexandria to Venice
999 – Holy Roman Emperor Otto III journeys to Venice and grants major commercial concessions
1073 – completed St. Mark’s Basilica
1095 – First Crusade, Venetian lease their navy
1177 – reconciliation between Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alexander III in St. Mark’s Basilica
1204 – Venice provide galleys for Fourth Crusade; Doge Dandolo leads navy; Venice acquires Corfu, Crete, Cyprus and Anatolia, and priceless Byzantine treasures
1275 – finished construction of Bell Tower which was to stand until 1902
1319 – Golden Book instituted for all members of the aristocracy listed
1339 – Venice captures Treviso, an important city in the mainland
1353 – naval war against Genova, Venetian fleet destroyed
1402 – Venice conquers Padova, Vicenza gaining the control of the Lombard plain and acess to the Alpine passes
1434 – Ca D’oro Built
1499 – further expansion on mainland; Friuli, Bergamo, Rovigo and Cremona annexed ;
1424 – Facade of Doge’s Palace overlooking the Piazzetta completed
1453 – fall of Costantinopoli
1463-1479 – First war against Turks; Venice pays annual tribute for right to trade with the Ottoman Empire
1480 – Procuratie built in Piazza San Marco
1499 – Clock Tower built in Piazza San Marco
1508 – European powers organize the League of Cambrai to prevent further expansion of Venetian Republic
1516 – Venetian Jewish restricted to the Ghetto
1571 – Turks defeated at the battle of Lepanto by an alliance of Venice, Spain, Genova and the Papacy
1574- King Henry III of France pays state visit
1592 – Rialto Bridge completed
1629 – plague ravages Venice
1586 – Construction of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute
1687 – Venice reconquers some Peloponnesian ports and destroys Partenone;
1718 – 1796 Period of internal peace
1797 – Napoleon occupies Venice
1798 – Venice ceded to Austria
1805 – French regain control of Venice following the battle of Austerlitz
1814 – Congress of Vienna cedes Venice to Austria
1846 – Rail causeway to mainland built
1866 – Venice joints the Kingdom of Italy
1902 – Campanile of St. Mark collapses
1912 – Rebuilt Campanile inaugurated
1915 – Italy enters war against Germany and Austria, despite later bombardment, no major damage to Venetian monuments
1917 – Creation of new industrial zone and port of Marghera
1931 – Automobile causeway linking Venice to mainland
1960 – Marco Polo Airport built at Venice
1966 – Disastrous flood
1996 – Fires destroy La Fenice theatre
2003 – La Fenice Thatre rebuilt
Skip the line: inside Doge’s Palace, Golden Basilica and….Much more.
- Guided visit in the main attractions of St. Mark’s Square
- Admire the Basilica and it golden mosaicos
- Cross the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Venetian Prisons
- Skip the line access
Amazing guided tour of The Doge’s Palace and the marvelous Golden Basilica!
The tour starts in the imposing Doge’s palace with its marvelous rooms, rich of history and incredible masterpieces made by great artists as Tiepolo and Tiziano. Be stunned in front of the Golden staircase: the main entrance for the halls of power where the Doge decided the faith of the Republic! Then Cross the Bridge of Sighs and go to the dark Venetian prisons, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova.
Head to the Saint Mark’s Basilica,: the five-dome Cathedral known also as the Golden Basilica due to the interior completely covered by mosaics made with pure gold! The guide will escort you in this byzantine masterpiece and will teach you its history and the meaning of the many biblical scenes that decorate the church. See the breathtaking Pala D’oro with its uncountable gems and, then, enter in the Saint Mark Treasury: a stunning collection of relics and valuable items collected along many centuries.
With this special ticket you can visit by yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square: (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman at work 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.
|Know before to go|
-The visit is monolingual from April to October, from November to March could be bilingual.
-Unfortunately 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 unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
-For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
-For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace, 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.
-The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.
– Mobile vouchers are accepted.
– Free children under 6 years old
– Optional Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square at the end of the tour.
ST. MARK’S SQUARE – CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait you for with a signboard in which is written “TOUR”.
Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
– Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
– “Skip the Line”: Doge's Palace and the Basilica guided tour including the Pala D’oro and a walk across the Bridge of Sighs into the prisons.
– Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
– Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
– Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people