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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Private Tour

Product ID: 47760
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Skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Venice. Admire mosaics and marble in the Byzantine church, learn the history of the Venetian dukes, and revel in the chaos of St. Mark’s Square.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Marvel at gold mosaics, marble inlays, and the gem-encrusted altar of the Pala d'Oro
  • Learn how the Dukes of Venice ruled from the Doge's Palace
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs like the prisoners of the Venetian Republic
  • Visit the cell where Casanova was incarcerated
  • Get panoramic views of Venice from the terrace of Saint Mark's
Full description
Discover 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a private tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, skipping the long lines to both to save time and see more.

Meet your guide on Saint Mark’s Square for an overview of the monuments from the outside. Take in the lively atmosphere of the street cafés, entertainers, and hundreds of pigeons! Then, go inside Saint Mark’s Basilica for a comprehensive tour of the marble and mosaic décor.

Learn the Basilica's history, and discover the biblical symbolism behind the cathedral’s art. Admire the precious stones of the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of Saint Mark’s. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and lagoon from the terrace.

Next, discover the seat of political power during the Venetian Republic at the Doge's Palace. Hear how the duke and his council controlled the fate of the 1.000-year Republic as you wander past masterpieces of art in the palace corridors. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that was once home to Giacomo Casanova.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Reservation and administration fees

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the column with the winged lion (lion of Venice) on Piazzetta di San Marco. Your tour guide will hold a LivItaly sign.

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Important information
Know before you go
Dress code: Cover knees and shoulders (only necessary for Saint Mark's Basilica).

Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be enjoyed by an extended tour in an alternative area.

From £330.75 Per group up to 2

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