The Mercerie, Venice
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Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

1. Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

Skip the long lines to enter 2 of the most popular and spectacular buildings in Venice, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy the ambiance of this charming part of Venice, and learn about its from your expert guide. Start your tour at the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Here you will hear the history of how the Duke and his council made decisions that controlled the fate of this 1,000-year republic. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages, and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the Palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, you will be taken on a tour of the inside of St. Mark's Basilica. The Cathedral displays some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, and is the only cathedral of its kind in Italy. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Learn about the Basilica's history, and discover the Biblical symbolism behind the Cathedral’s art. Admire the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the Basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones. During the walking tour you will see The Church and Campo of SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon” of Venice, the great charitable Scuola and the heroic deeds of the famed Captains of fortune; Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran - where ancient and recent history meet in this wonderful corner of Venice.

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What people are saying about The Mercerie, Venice

We had a great tour of 4.5 hours walk through Venice with the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Our tour guide showed us very nice corners that we didn't know before. Have been to Venice several times

Easy to find rally point. Good guide, very nice historical and societal talking points. Good pace, moderate walking. Stairs in the Doge Palace and St Marks (steep and narrow) take some time for some visitors.

Very dedicated tour guide! It was fun and we learned interesting, partly surprising things about the history and significance of Venice! Highly recommended tour.

Super nice and knowledgeable tour guide in German! No queuing and so much knowledge imparted. A dream has really paid off

Perfect, informative and also designed to be entertaining for the younger ones!