Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

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An incredible 3.5 hour guided, walking tour which will bring you back to the historical centuries of the Glorious Republic of Venice!Discovering the breathtaking rooms of the Doge's Palace and a visit to one of the most famous Byzantine masterpiece: The Golden Basilica. Explore the main monuments of the city and their peculiarity in this super combo small group tour.
Learning about the past of this charming city while walking along the historical streets of Venice!Walk through the Piazza San Marco with a qualified and experienced guide in order to learn Venetian history before the viewing of the main monuments in this area, including the Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. You will admire Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (the “Pantheon” of Venice), the Great School of Charity before viewing Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre. Coming back to San Marco through the main shopping area known as Mercerie, and enjoy the Doge’s Palace guided tour. The Palazzo Ducale has been for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of painting masterpieces, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate for thousand-years in the old Republic. You’ll live it together with a guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very special historical context: the European Middle Ages. You’ll be surprised by the details of the gold staircase and of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. Relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. Follow a tour guide through St. Mark's Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. Learning about byzantine art and its religious background while taking a glimpse at the gold mosaics and marble floors.After the visit of the Basilica you will have the opportunity to visit a Glass Factory close to Saint Mark’s Square where you can see a Glass Craftsman at work. Please note this is a free of charge optional tour of approximately 20 minutes and it is not a part of the tour.You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square as known as Procuratie. You will discover the Venetian way of life, Venetian paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will go back directly to the secrets of Venetian Empire and you will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria.

What’s included

  • Walking tour
  • Professional Guide
  • Skip the Line entrance to Doge's Palce and the Basillica
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
  • Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Skip the line
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