Walking Tour and Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour in Venice (skipping the line)
A tour to discover the area around Saint Mark's Square followed by Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica's visits in St. Mark's Square of Venice: the meeting point, hours, fares and prices, seasonality and useful information.
Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - Castello and San Marco Districts and Saint Mark's Square - Venice
Walking tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour in St. Mark's Square of Venice: € 91 per person.This tour introduces to the main religious and civic monuments of Venice Italy that stay in Saint Mark's Square: Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica.
The magnificent Doge's Palace was the political seat of the Serenissima Republic and the house of all the doges.
The Basilica instead kept inside art jewels such as the Pala D'Oro, a priceless goldsmith work dating back to the Byzantine period, and the famous Four Horses (Roman or Ellenistic Sculptures) coming from the hippodrome of Constantinople.
But before an official guide will tell you the story of the monuments of Saint Mark's Square and then it will start a walking tour that will let you discover tidbits and history of some important spots around San Marco area like Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theatre, Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (the Pantheon of the Doges) and the Scuola Grande of San Marco. The path coming back will touch Rialto area and the street of the shops beside Saint Mark's Square.
This is a tour with an official guide of Venice and also includes the right to skip the line.
Finally a free optional tour to see Glass Craftsman Demonstration by visiting a Glass Factory close to Saint Mark's square (20 minutes tour).
Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour's PricePrice per person: € 91. Free under 6 years old. No minimum participants.
St. Mark's Walking TourHere you'll know the history of the Basilica of Saint Mark's built in the 8th century as a dogal chapel. The history of the arrival of the relic of the Saint Mark on January 31st 828, stolen by two legendary Venetian merchants and navigators: Rustico da Torcello and Buono da Malamocco.
But St. Mark's Square also contains the magnificent Bell Tower (IX cent.), the Clock Tower I Mori (Renaissance period), the Procuratie Vecchie, Nove and Novissime (Correr Museum) and the Marciana Library. All this monuments will be treated in the explanation offered by the guide.
Then it will start a walk to reach Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its famous church and its curios foundation, Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (calle also Pantheon of the Doges as many of them are buried inside) and the Scuola Grande of San Marco with its fantastic history along the centuries. From there the walk will reach Marco Polo's House in Corte del Milion and the Malibran Theatre before reaching back Saint Mark's Square.
Doge's Palace TourThe Civic Museum of Palazzo Ducale is housed in the homonymous palace located in the splendid Piazza San Marco; placed next to the Basilica it also faces Saint Mark's Basin. Political seat of the Serenissima and the doges' house, it offers an exhibiting itinerary of an historical and architectural nature which is essential for every visitor interested to know the history of Venice. The Museum is part of the circuit of the Venetian Civic Museums and is one of the most visited monuments in Venice (more than 1 million per year).
To know more about Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Basilica TourBuilt in the 8th century as a dogal chapel, the Basilica of San Marco represents today the proof of the great colonial expansion of Venice, as it is largely built with exhibition material, imported from the eastern colonies. The relic of the Saint Mark arrives on January 31st 828, stolen by two legendary Venetian merchants and navigators: Rustico da Torcello and Buono da Malamocco. It is said that in order to steal the body of San Marco the two merchants hid it under a load of pork that was able to pass through the customs without inspection because of the well-known contempt of Muslims for this food.
Its architecture was inspired by Santa Sofia Cathedral of Instanbul. It hosts the Pala d'oro, an exquisite example of byzantine goldsmith art with thousands of gems and stones.
Glass Craftsman DemonstrationLast stop of this tour is a Glass Craftsman Demonstration by visiting a Glass Factory nearby Saint Mark's square (20 minutes tour).
Duration of Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour– 3 hours and 30 minutes (20 minutes more for the Glass craftsman at work in St. Mark's Square). It ends at 12.30 a.m.
Meeting point in Saint Mark's SquareOnce arrived in St. Mark's Square you'll meet your guide beside the Clock Tower (not the Bell Tower) nearby the Basilica. There's a money exchange in the corner and there you'll find our official guide with a sign with the written Tour.
Hours and days of the Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour– From Monday to Saturday at 9.00 a.m. (not available on Sunday, January 1st and 6th, April 25th, June 22th, August 15th, November 1st and 8th, December 25th).
– Meeting time: 8.45 a.m.
– Starting time: 9.00 a.m.
Languages available for Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour– From April to October: from Monday to Saturday English, French, Spanish and German. Italian only on Saturday.
– From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday.
What includes Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour's– This is a shared guided tour with a qualified and experienced guide.
– Tickets "Skip the line" for St Mark's Basilica and the Pala D'oro (1 hour inside the Basilica); audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people.
– Clients enjoy part of explaination comfortably seated in the middle of the cathedral.
– Free sale until the beginning of the tour.
Cancellation policy for Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica TourReservations can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the tour. Tour doesn't operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).
Accessibility and useful information for Walking Tour + Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour's– This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
– You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”. Mobile vouchers are accepted.
– The tour could be shared with guests not belonging to the same party.
– Sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
– To enter to the Basilica proper clothing are required (no short or tank pops).