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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

1. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. 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 at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

2. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent interiors and see its collections of Byzantine art. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

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Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

3. Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. After that, you can join a free and optional tour to visit a glass factory. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

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Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Gondola Ride Combo

4. Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Gondola Ride Combo

Experience Venice from multiple perspectives with a 4 activities combo! Take a guided tour of the magnificent Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, cruise down the Grand Canal by gondola, and explore the city at your own pace using a mobile app. Discover masterpieces of art and architecture at historic sites such as the Accademia and beautiful San Marco and Rialto areas. Use the map on the app to guide you through the city and decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration as you take in 31 attractions, including La Fenice theater, the Rialto Bridge and its local markets and more. You can take the tour during the day or at night, according to your preference. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the terrace of the Basilica. Benefit from a bonus glass-blowing session and assist a master glassblower at a glass-blowing demonstration using traditional techniques to create your own unique glass item. Receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.

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Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Private Tour

5. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Private Tour

Discover 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a private tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, skipping the long lines to both to save time and see more. Meet your guide on Saint Mark’s Square for an overview of the monuments from the outside. Take in the lively atmosphere of the street cafés, entertainers, and hundreds of pigeons! Then, go inside Saint Mark’s Basilica for a comprehensive tour of the marble and mosaic décor. Learn the Basilica's history, and discover the biblical symbolism behind the cathedral’s art. Admire the precious stones of the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of Saint Mark’s. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and lagoon from the terrace. Next, discover the seat of political power during the Venetian Republic at the Doge's Palace. Hear how the duke and his council controlled the fate of the 1.000-year Republic as you wander past masterpieces of art in the palace corridors. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that was once home to Giacomo Casanova.

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What people are saying about St. Mark’s Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 95 reviews

Nothing to say about the guide, very prepared and helpful, but not about the organizer. The guided tour was scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday, it is a pity that at that time the Basilica cannot be visited as it is the opening hours. so I paid Eu 32 to see nothing, just the museum and the terrace of the Basilica that overlooks Piazza San Marco. So it would be the case that the site does not propose times in which you can not 'make the visit, too bad that apart from 12 the site did not propose anything else. Being scammed like this is never nice. so very very negative, and I'm sorry because I have made many visits with get your guide even outside Italy but this time I was very disappointed

We had a nice afternoon in Venice. Unfortunately the skip the line line for the San Marco was so long that it was pointless to stand in it. Our guide Lorenzo told a lot about Venice, the history of the city and San Marco from the outside. We went to another church, the San Zaccheria, where a real Bellini hangs. Magnificent! We got the tickets for the San Marco and went inside ourselves later at a quieter moment.

The tour was well organized, and the guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We enjoyed San Marco very much and learned a lot, even as people of our group had visited the place several times already.

Although we had to queue up, we really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide Beatrice led the tour very well. Thank you Beatrice

Lorenzo, our guide was fantastic. Managed ro keep our teenager interested! I d recommend this tour, if it s with him!