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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour

1892 reviews

3 hours

Max 25

Why take this tour?


  • Enjoy a truly VIP experience in and around the famed St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • Acquire pre-reserved, skip-the-line entry into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Take in the surrounding views over Venice with exclusive access to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Let an expert local guide lead you through Venice's oppulent history and culture - subjects they truly have a passion for
  • Greet mosaics of gold, frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto, and masterpieces at every turn
  • Traverese the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's apartments, the Armory, and the New Prision

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Take walks: Take the time to explore the history of Venice

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica (Exclusive Balcony Access)
  • Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square (exterior)
  • Marciana Library (exterior)
  • Doge’s Palace
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Headset (when necessary)
St. Marks SquareThe impressive exterior of St. Mark's BasilicaThe golden glow of St. Mark's ceiling mosaicsYour guide will enhance the experienceGazing upwards at the stunning interior and ceilingSkip the line for a tour of the Doge's PalaceThe Doge's Palace was the heart of the Republic of VeniceLearn about the scandals and politics that inhabited the palaceThe lavish interiorThe largest canvas painting in the world, 'Il Paradiso' by Tintoretto and his workshopDiscover the many opulent carvingsGrandiose ceiling frescoes adorn the many roomsBe guided through the palace with stories and talesA trip to the armory for a look at the weapons that helped build an empireArrive at the Bridge of Sighs, to learn it's spooky historyA view out from the Bridge of SighsThe Bridge of Sighs has a less than romantic history

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Latest Reviews

Very informative tour! We very much enjoyed it and our guide.

Nicoletta was fantastic! Fun, informative & knowledgeable. Excellent guide & tour. So glad it was a small group. That is why we book with Walks of Italy. Happy to know since our other Walks tours, 7 years ago; you have not become too big with too many people on the tours! Thank you! Sharon Yopp 😊


Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Do guests always see the sights on this tour in the same order?
No. Sometimes the tour runs in reverser order. However, we never take any sights out of the itinerary so you are always going to see St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace (general access rooms), New Prisons, and Bridge of Sighs.
What can I bring into the Doge's Palace?
You are permitted to enter the Doge's Palace with handbags and small backpacks. But any large backpacks or luggage are not permitted inside. You have to check them in the cloakroom.
What can I bring with me on this tour?
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
Does the Doge's Palace accommodate wheelchair users?
The Doge’s Palace is not wheelchair-friendly. Some parts are accessible, but the Secret Rooms, Prisons, and Armory and not. Our route, in particular, is not wheelchair-friendly so we do not recommend that wheelchair users take this tour.
Is this tour accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Unfortunately the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons, and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, meaning we can't accept wheelchair user on this tour. For those interested in wheelchair friendly tours in Venice, please contact our Customer Care team at info@walksofitaly.com.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.

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