Venice being one of the most visited cities in Italy, long queues are to be expected on key touristic landmarks unless you join our guide and his skip-the-line tickets. In his company, you will learn all the secrets of the Venitian City and how it achieved its leading position in Europe by the time of the Renaissance. Through a local’s eyes, visit the St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Discover the display of wealth of the St. Mark's Basilica
Take pictures over St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the lagoon beyond while learning about their secrets
Visit inside the Doge's Palace and be counted its many stories
Cross on the Bridge of Sighs, and learn about its origins
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Step inside the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica to learn the history of Venice in one captivating tale after another. You'll meet your local guide in St. Mark's Square, one of the loveliest public squares in all of Europe.
Travel through time with you guide
Because of Covid-19, this tour has taylored to ensure maximum safety. St Marks Basilica may impose or change access at the last minute, our tours have options to deal with such changes and still bring you a wonderful experience. Also be informed that large backpacks are not allowed on the tour.
Step inside the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica to learn the history of Venice in one captivating tale after another. You'll meet your local guide in St. Mark's Square, one of the loveliest public squares in all of Europe. Follow him around St Mark’s Square and walk past the long waiting queue with your VIP access ticket in hand and get straight to the heart of this 3 hours tour.
Starting with the awe inspiring Basilica and it’s gold mosaics reflecting hundreds of lights, learn about the prophecy that led to its creation and the dark story behind it. When stepping on its balconies, you will also enjoy a beautiful sight of St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the lagoon beyond.
And then, for more stories of duplicity, betrayal and political chessgames enter the Doge’s Palace, a place where one should be wary of his own shadows, your guide will even explain to you why one of the Doge has had his portrait covered by a veil. Moving through the armoury and the prison to finally reach the well known Bridge of Sighs, which story isn’t as glamorous as its name let you believe.
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
No. Sometimes the tour runs in reverser order. However, we never take any sights out of the itinerary so you are always going to see St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace (general access rooms), New Prisons, and Bridge of Sighs.
You are permitted to enter the Doge's Palace with handbags and small backpacks. But any large backpacks or luggage are not permitted inside. You have to check them in the cloakroom.
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
The Doge’s Palace is not wheelchair-friendly. Some parts are accessible, but the Secret Rooms, Prisons, and Armory and not. Our route, in particular, is not wheelchair-friendly so we do not recommend that wheelchair users take this tour.
Unfortunately the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons, and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, meaning we can't accept wheelchair user on this tour. For those interested in wheelchair friendly tours in Venice, please contact our Customer Care team
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.