St.Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace tickets and guided visit
A guided tour to enjoy two of the main Venice Attractions: St.Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco in Italian) and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian). The majestic beauty of these two buildings is not easy to describe and will leave you in awe. However, the stories and the legendary characters behind these two architectural wonders are even more fascinating. This tour is definitely to be included in the list of what to do in Venice. Our professional guide, with great knowledge and passion will show you the St.Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s palace in a unique way. You will learn about the history of Venice, the key facts and the main people of the Venetian Republic. If you want to do it by yourself, take our skip the line tickets with audioguide or guidebook!
WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
- A combined visit to two symbols of Venice: St.Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
- An unmissable opportunity to learn about Venice history and architecture with our professional guide
- Great value and skip the line access to avoid the long queues!
St.Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace guided tour: the program
Our professional guide, with great knowledge and passion will show you the Basilica di San Marco and the palazzo Ducale in a unique way. You will learn about the history of Venice, the key facts and the main people of the Venetian Republic.
We will meet in St.Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) at 10.30 am. The guided tour will start from the Bell Tower, on the left of the Basilica. Here you will be able to admire some of the main buildings and attractions of Venice: the Clock and Bell Tower, the Museo Correr, the Archaeological Museum, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and of course the famous Doge’s Palace and the St.Mark’s Basilica.
The visit to the Doge’s Palace
At 10.45 am we will begin with the visit the Doge ‘s Palace. For hundreds of years the history of the Serenissima Republic was decided within the rooms of this Palace. With our special access ticket type, we will be able to skip the long line at the entrance! You will be guided through the rooms where the most important organs of the Republic resided, such as: the Great Council, the Senate, the Judiciary of Justice and the Doge. The Doge’s and his Council, would meet here to rule the Republic. Inside these rooms, you will be able to admire some of the most important works by famous artists like Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo, Titian and more. During the tour you will also visit the splendid Golden Staircase.
We will then proceed to follow the path of those convicted by the Republic, crossing the Bridge of Sighs and visiting the Prisons. Here you will learn how the prisoners of the Serenissima used to live. You will feel their anguish and sights as they were crossing the bridge and looking at the lagoon one last time before reaching their cell.
The visit to St. Mark’s Basilica
After the guided visit to the Doge’s Palace, we will walk through St Mark’s Square to reach St.Mark’s Basilica. This is considered one of the most beautiful cathedral in the world and an emblematic landmark of Venice! As the name might suggest, the basilical is bound tightly to Venice Patron: Saint Mark; his remains are also found here. We will observe this extraordinary masterpiece of Byzantine art from the outside, our tour guide will explain the architecture and the mixture of style which characterize the building and its facade. If you later decide to enter the basilica (not included in the tour), you will be bathed by the light reflecting on the golden mosaics. We will walk along the marble aisles and admire the high walls. When we reach the high altar we will have the unique opportunity to admire the famous golden domes of the Pala D’Oro with thousands of gems and precious stones: this very moment will be one of the highlights of your visit to Venice Italy.
St.Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace tickets: skip the line!
If you prefer to visit by yourself these two pieces of art, you can purchase our skip the line tickets.
Our offer includes:
- Skip the line entrance at Doges palace and Basilica
- Free entrance to the museums around Piazza San Marco included in the museum pass (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
You can choose between these 2 offers:
Doge’s Palace skip-the-line ticket with audioguide
You will an english audioguide (to download on your cellphone) that gives explanations about Doges palace, basilica, St marsk square area!
Adult: 35 €
Reduced (6-18 years): € 18
Free under 6 years
Doge’s Palace skip-the-line ticket with guidebook
It includes a practical guidebook with details about Doge’s Palace, Basilica, St. Mark’s Square (one per couple or family) and 7 ideas of itineraries to visit the city.
Adult: 36 €
Reduced (6-18 years): € 18
Free under 6 years
This tour is available also in other languages. if you are interested in any other language (german, italian, frenche and spanish).
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- Child Friendly
Combo Guided tour
- € 84.00 per person
- From 6 to 14 years old: 69€
- Free for children up to 5 years old
From Monday to Saturday at 9:30 am ( meeting time at 9:15)
Included / Excluded
- Skip the line access to St.Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
- Guided tour with a specialist guide
Anything not listed in the included section
For cancellations up to 48 hours before the experience, a cancellation charge of 20% will be applied.
For cancellations up to 24 hours before the experience, a cancellation charge 50% will be applied.
No refund will be made in case of no show or cancellation within 24 hours before the experience
THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED A TICKET AND ARE NOT IN POSSESSION OF A GREEN PASS CANNOT ENTER THE BASILICA AND THE DUCAL PALACE AND CANNOT REQUEST A REFUND.
Other practical information
- Please enter St. Mark’s Basilica in appropriate clothes (being a religious site, knees and shoulders must be covered)
- For security reason backpacks are not allowed (free deposit available in Calle San Basso)
- The visit in English takes place daily (except Sunday) at 10.45 am
- Meeting point in Saint Mark’s Square, under the blue clock tower on the left of St.Mark’s Basilica
- Please, be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
- The visit will take place also in case of rain.
With reference to Legislative Decree No. 105 of July 23, 2021 and No. 40 of July 27, 2021 of the General Secretariat and the indications of the Ministry of Health, due to the epidemiological emergency from Covid19 all persons booking VISITS WITH ACCESS TO MUSEUMS will have to present at the entrance of the premises:
Green Pass (for Europeans) of at least the first dose of vaccine among those authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
A negative molecular or rapid swab test done within the past 48 hours (turnaround time)
A proof of being cured of Covid19 in the previous six months
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