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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

Doge's Palace Priority Entrance & St. Mark's Square Tour

Product ID: 234117
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About this tour
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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The Original experience

  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide
  • Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace
  • Choose the 'Evening' option to explore the Doge’s Palace without the crowds
  • Take in views of the canal from the Bridge of Sighs
  • Discover how, when and why Venice was founded on a lagoon
  • Find out fascinating facts about the New Prisons, and St. Mark’s Square and its historical function
Full description
Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 2-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Square and the Doge's Palace. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean. Choose whether to do the tour by day or in the evening, with the latter allowing you to explore Venice at a quieter time.

Start the tour near the Royal Gardens (Giardini Reali) where you will meet your tour guide. Take a moment to appreciate the picturesque surroundings before you move onto St. Mark's Square.

Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica’s Italo-Byzantine façade from the 11th century while your guide tells you about the history of the city of Venice. You will hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century, the history and function of St. Mark’s Square, as well as other fascinating facts about the city comprising over 100 islands.

Next, use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Here you will enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council, courtrooms, and secret rooms among other things. With historical objects everywhere you look, including frescoes by Tintoretto and an armory room, you will be able to take yourself back in time to when Venice was key to world trade.

Cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links the New Prisons to the Doge’s Palace. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals.

  • Guided tour
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace

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Important information
Know before you go
• You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
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Bucintoro Viaggi

Product ID: 234117