3 hours
25 people max
Local history and culture
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What you'll do

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.

  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
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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

Health & Safety Standards

We take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • We have has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • We have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety
Meeting Spot
Because of Covid19, this tour has been redesigned to guarantee your safety.

Sunday11:00 a.m.

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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.

About Walk's Venice Tour of Doge's Palace

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.


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St. Marks Square The impressive exterior of St. Mark's Basilica The golden glow of St. Mark's ceiling mosaics Your guide will enhance the experience Gazing upwards at the stunning interior and ceiling Skip the line for a tour of the Doge's Palace The Doge's Palace was the heart of the Republic of Venice Learn about the scandals and politics that inhabited the palace The lavish interior 'Il Paradiso' by Tintoretto Discover the many opulent carvings Grandiose ceiling frescoes adorn the many rooms Be guided through the palace with stories and tales A trip to the armory for a look at the weapons that helped build an empire Arrive at the Bridge of Sighs, to learn it's spooky history A view out from the Bridge of Sighs The Bridge of Sighs has a less than romantic history
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Frequently asked Questions
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

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.

Do guests always see the sights on this tour in the same order?

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.

What can I bring into the Doge's Palace?

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.

What can I bring with me on this tour?

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.

Does the Doge's Palace accommodate wheelchair users?

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.

Is this tour accessible to people in wheelchairs?

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

Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?

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.

WDoes St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?

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.