Guided tour

Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

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Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

From US$ 95.09 per person

Discover the most important historical landmarks of Venice on this guided tour, which is divided into two parts: Saint Mark's Square and the Castello area, plus a visit to the Doge's Palace. You can also skip-the-line and enjoy easy entry to the palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the history ducal of Venice
  • Skip the line at the Doge's Palace
  • Discover the architectural wonders of St. Mark's Square
  • Wander the romantic alleys and narrow streets of the Castello district
Full description
After meeting with your professional guide, you will begin your fascinating tour of the most characteristic places in Saint Mark's Square, focusing on the history and architecture of St. Mark's Basilica and the Renaissance-era clock tower. You will leave the square and head to the Castello area, strolling through its labyrinth of narrow alleys, bridges, winding canals, and picturesque squares. You will see Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice, along with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square (where several dukes doges lie buried in the church). You will also encounter the equestrian monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary captain, as well as the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant of all time. After this 1.5-hour walk, you will head to the Doge's Palace, once the seat of power of the Republic of Venice, for a 1-hour guided tour. Once inside the Palace, you can wander the halls where the duke and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, while surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces detailing the political history of Venice and its people. Admire paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. You can also pass through the famous Bridge of Sighs, and see the new prison. Your guided tour concludes in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, however you can linger in the Palace if you like, absorbing the history and mystery of days gone by.
Includes
  • Guided tour of the area covering Saint Mark's Square and Castello
  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Admission fees and skip-the-line entry to the Doge’s Palace
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian or German
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Hidden itineraries in the Doge's Palace
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace
  • You should wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • From November 1 to March 31, there is no skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Tour may be affected in case of high tides
  • Children up to 5 years old go free (document required). From the age of 6 they must pay the full ticket.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.4/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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We had booked a walking tour through major parts of the city, followed by a guided tour (and fast-lane queuing) for the Doge's palace. Our guide was engaging, very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Such a great storyteller! We're sorry we didn't catch her name to send some extra kudos. Thanks to her we felt the tour was def. worth the money, without her we probably wouldn't have been too impressed by the palace. Great job!

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August 24, 2021

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August 16, 2019

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El Audioguía es cómodo de usar y vas a tu aire

Aunque no te priva de hacer la cola para entrar, ir con el ticket resulta más barato que cogerlo allí mismo, 4€ el ticket y 5€ en la puerta de la catedral, en atrio.

March 18, 2019

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