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

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

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From US$ 179.37 per person

Skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Venice. Admire mosaics and marble in the Byzantine church, learn the history of the Venetian dukes, and revel in the chaos of St. Mark’s Square.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Skip the lines to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Marvel at gold mosaics, marble inlays, and the gem-encrusted altar of the Pala d'Oro
  • Learn how the Dukes of Venice ruled from the Doge's Palace
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs like the prisoners of the Venetian Republic
  • Visit the cell where Casanova was incarcerated
  • Get panoramic views of Venice from the terrace of Saint Mark's
Full description
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.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of the column with the winged lion (lion of Venice) on Piazzetta di San Marco. Your tour guide will hold a LivItaly sign.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead.
    • Dress code: Cover knees and shoulders (only necessary for Saint Mark's Basilica).
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    It was Avery good experience , Specially the tour Guid Martina she was very friendly helpful reply to all questions and inquiries have a lot of stories and information telling about Venice and everything. We spent more than 2 hours and have with Here . After we finshed we were a group and we requested from here to guid us for restaurant and she accompanied with us for 500 meters and booked by phone a table for our group Recommend

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    May 24, 2022

    I booked this tour shortly after my tour with another company was abruptly canceled. That turned out fine for me, because I was able to enjoy a private tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's with my family. We met in Piazza San Marco and proceeded to the Doge's Palace. Our guide zoomed to the front of the line and we were shown both the highlights and hidden gems of the building. She framed the building within its historical context, which helped us understand it better. She pointed out small details that were historically important that we would have walked right past if we had been on our own. She discussed the architecture of the building within its historical context, so we could understand how things worked. She even talked about the work of the artist whose works were on display temporarily. At St. Mark's, she talked about the exquisite mosaics in the building and how it is threatened by the weather. She pointed out small details in the sculpture that were important. Bravo!

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    May 22, 2022

    Product ID: 47760