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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

2. Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace to marvel at the magnificent halls of the former seat of power of the Venice Empire at your own pace. Get a handy guide book to explore the palace and associated museums, with 8 suggested itineraries. Learn about life in the city in centuries past through the sculptures and paintings of the Museo Correr. Explore the city's naval power at the crossroads of the East and West. Then, climb aboard the most iconic mode of transportation in Venice and cruise down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways by gondola. See sights such as La Fenice Theatre and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from the water. Admire the noble Ca’ Dario Palace and Punta della Dogana, with its breathtaking view of St. Mark’s Basin.

Venice: City Tour with St. Mark's Square Museum Visits

3. Venice: City Tour with St. Mark's Square Museum Visits

This 5-hour program includes a 2-hour guided city tour and admission to several of the museums on St. Mark’s Square. Travel back into the history of one of the world's most beautiful cities. Led by an expert guide, you’ll discover the most significant monuments of the city, and explore some hidden paths as well. Experience the beauty of St. Mark's Square and learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it achieved its dominant position. Take a leisurely walk through the elegant area surrounding the Rialto Bridge, and learn how it was a busy crossroads in commercial life, teeming with local and foreign merchants. The Rialto is still the pulsing center of shops and commercial life in Venice, as well as home to the city’s picturesque food and fish markets. At St. Mark's Square you'll have the chance to visit some of the most important museums of the city, including the Doge's Palace, the Museo Correr (and its current exhibition), the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the monumental rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Be sure to get ready for some amazing photos in the central sestiere (district) with its beautiful squares and crumbling mansions along with the ancient churches, ateliers and bridges.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

4. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

From Florence: Venice by High-Speed Train, Museum & Ferry

5. From Florence: Venice by High-Speed Train, Museum & Ferry

Arrive to Venice from Florence with the high speed train and admire the bridges and canals of the lagoon city. Once in Venice and right in front of the Santa Lucia Train Station you can take the vaporetto and reach the city center, walk around its narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere of this extraordinary city. Reach the St. Mark's Square and admire the extraordinary buildings around the square as the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace. Then, enter the Doge Palace where the Venetian Gothic art and architecture are concentrated and let yourself be enchanted and transported back in time. After, dedicate your time to explore the Venetian Lagoon, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge while you go back to the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station for your departure to Florence.

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What people are saying about Marciana National Library

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The visit to the Doge's Palace in Venice was splendid. I would not like to reveal anything because everyone has to discover such beauty. Having your tickets online is essential to skip a long queue and to be able to choose the time of entry too.

The activities are very practical to plan your program during your stay in value for money. As indicated on the ad is the reality. Professionalism, seriousness, instructions, above all punctuality.

Excellent activity, those who enjoy history will be able to travel back in time to the Doges who ruled Venice. Rich in details, the palace offers a true journey back in time.

Everything worked out great and if you had any questions, they took care of it very nicely and also super fast via the chat!

Visit not to be missed, magnificent monument, explanations in French Online booking is very beneficial, avoid a long queue