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Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Set off on a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace, and St Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry. Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, with hundreds of painted masterpieces. Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic and admire the details of the medieval gold staircase. See the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison that held Giacomo Casanova. Visit St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a guided tour of this Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. See the treasure and the terrace of the Basilica of St.Mark's

Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Guided 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. 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.

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

3. 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.

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

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

Experience Venice from multiple perspectives with a guided tour of the 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 the 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, 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 close to St. Mark's Square and assist a master glass blower at a glass-blowing demonstration using traditional techniques to create your unique glass item. Receive a small gift as a souvenir before ending the tour.

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

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

Avoid the long lines and discover 2 of Venice’s most important treasures on this walking tour. Meet your guide at Doge’s Palace and walk straight past the long lines of tourists. Walk through what used to be the home of the Dukes of Venice and learn more about this symbol of the city from your guide’s detailed commentary as you admire the numerous Renaissance frescoes located in the building.   Continue your visit to St Mark’s Basilica, where you will once again skip the lines of tourists. Admire the church’s famous gold mosaics and listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of each of these mosaics.   Finally, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Venice’s most important locations, learning more about its exotic history and transformation throughout the years as you stroll through its picturesque canals.

Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica Private Tour at Night

6. Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica Private Tour at Night

Enjoy the rare chance to visit Venice’s majestic cathedral after dark with a private nighttime tour. Get up close and personal with the church's spectacular artworks without the daytime crowds. Learn all about Saint Mark and the history of Venice while you take in the mosaics of the lit-up church. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, the ancient spiritual and political center of Venice, and receive an explanation of the significance of this square. Hear about some of its other highlights, including the Torre dell'Orologio and St Mark's Campanile. Head into the church after opening hours through a special entrance, without any lines or crowds. Witness a completely dark church as you enter, take in its full majesty as the lights are turned on one by one. Watch the basilica’s glittering mosaics, extending over more than 4,000 square meters. Gaze at the jaw-dropping expanse of gold and come face-to-face with the precious Pala d’Oro. Finally, descend into the eerie crypt of St Mark’s, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the distant world of medieval Venice.

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

7. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

8. Classic Venice: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Basilica Entry

Take a walking tour with a professional private guide to explore one of the most celebrated piazzas in the world. St. Mark’s Square is surrounded on 3 sides by magnificent structures such as the 15th-century Clock Tower, the Procuratie Vecchie, Procuratie Nuove and Ala Napoleonica. On the fourth side stands the outstanding St. Mark’s Basilica, with its Clock Tower rising above the open area known as the Mercerie. Your guide will tell you about the history and architectural styles of the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Correr Museum and the Bridge of Sighs. St. Mark’s Bell Tower is the highest structure in Venice. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been rebuilt several times since. It unexpectedly crashed to the ground in 1902 and was rebuilt following the original design, incorporating the ancient bells. The Bridge of Sighs connects the Palazzo delle Prigioni and Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. It is called the Bridge of Sighs because in times past, convicts were forced to enter prison through this bridge. According to the legend when they had their last glimpse of Venice they would let out a sigh. Visit the interior of St. Mark's Basilica to admire its many treasures, including the Pala d’Oro, the statues, amazing glass and carvings.

Venice Must-See Sights: Private Guided Tour

9. Venice Must-See Sights: Private Guided Tour

After meeting your private licensed guide, start with a tour of Venice's famous St. Mark's Square, at the very heart of the city and directly in front of the impressive Basilica of San Marco. Step inside the Basilica to admire its beautiful mosaics, as well as the famous Pala d'Oro altarpiece, decorated with 300 sapphires, 300 emeralds, 15 rubies, 1,300 pearls, and hundreds of other precious stones. Then stop by the nearby Campanile and Clock Tower before continuing on to the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), an impressive Gothic palace dating back to the 14th century which was transformed into a museum in 1923. From there, take a moment to admire the famous Bridge of Sighs, connecting the palace to the New Prison. During this private guided walk, you'll also see the beautiful spiral staircase of the Palazzo Contarini, along with plenty of the city's charming squares and wonderful views over the Grand Canal. Stop by the Fenice Theatre, the famous Venetian opera house which was destroyed twice by fire and reconstructed both times. The tour ends at the Rialto Bridge, another of the city's most famous landmarks and the perfect spot to take a picture of the iconic scenery.

Venice: Private Tour with St. Mark's and Gondola Ride

10. Venice: Private Tour with St. Mark's and Gondola Ride

Explore Venice on a relaxing 2.5-hour private tour, and stroll along some of the city’s small alleys and squares before taking a 30-minute gondola ride. See some of the major sights, such as the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace, and Piazza San Marco. Meet your guide at the Campo San Giacometto, just a few steps from the Ponte di Rialto and Grand Canal. Admire the oldest church in Venice, built by a carpenter in 421 AC. Experience the bustling streets of the neighborhood shops as locals purchase their fresh vegetables and fish at the old market. Continue to the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Constructed between 1588 and 1591, the bridge is a superb example of Venetian engineering. Marvel at the beauty of the canals, and take romantic pictures of the breathtaking view. At Campo San Bartolomeo, admire the small Church of San Giovanni Crisostomo with a beautiful altar by the Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini. See the sculpture of General Bartolomeo Colleoni at the Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and learn about his contributions to the expansion of Venice during the 15th century. Walk through a maze of small alleyways, before heading to one of the city's most fascinating squares; Campo Santa Maria Formosa. This square connects 11 bridges and hosts at least 7 architectural masterpieces, including the Palazzo Querini Stampalia.. A few more steps takes you to the heart of Venice at Saint Mark’s Square. Gaze at the Doge’s Palace from the outside, before skipping the lines to St. Mark’s Basilica. Once inside, you will get a comprehensive tour of a masterpiece of Byzantine art. Savor the beauty of the gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the precious stones of the Pala d'Oro, and discover the treasures of the Treasury. Enjoy a unique view of the inside of the church, and of Saint Mark’s Square from the terraces of Saint Mark’s Basilica. End with an enchanting gondola ride through centuries of Venetian history. See the elegant canal-side palaces and glide under bridges. Experience the beauty and colors of Venice just as the locals have for more than 1,000 years. Appreciate the skill of the gondolier as they navigate their way through the city’s intricate waterways.

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What people are saying about St. Mark’s Museum

The guide is very informative n knowledgeable about the doge palace n st mark basilica. It is very recommended to go with guided tour because it skips the line. We went on monday end of nov (not peak season at all) and the line for st mark is quite long for the regular entry.

This ended up being a very informative tour, but it was hard to find the meeting point. Just beware the water buses travel very slowly with multiple stops. But the tour operator was very considerate and waited for us. Our guide was very knowledgeable and tour was extensive.

Our guide (group 27 on Nov. 8 at 10:35 am) was amazing. Our love for Venice is so much deeper knowing the history of this beautiful place and her resilient people. Certainly our guide has a PHD in the history of Venice. Recommend highly. Grazie.

We had a great time on this tour. It was informative, entertaining, and in my opinion, well worth the cost. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to visit St. Marks Basilica and the Doge Palace.

Recommend fully! It was amazing. I would do it over again