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Venice Masterclass: Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Venice, power and mystery: an intriguing Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour of Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace

Highlights

  • See all the main sights of Venice under the guidance of a professional guide.
  • Get skip-the-line access to St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Exclusive access to prisons and secret passages of the Doge's Palace closed to the general public
  • Only in English to preserve the quality of the tour

Departure

MON to FRI at 1.15PM

DURATION

Approx. 4 hours

period

MAY to OCTOBER

language

English

Description

An exclusive and enlightening Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour especially designed to lead you through Venice’s most remarkable and extraordinary landmarks, St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and an insider’s view of the Doge’s “secret passages”. 

 

Enjoy the privilege of a carefully designed small-group Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour guided by a highly specialized guide, discover ancient Venice’s political and religious sites and learn about its eventful history. 

 

Start your Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour following your guide across St Mark’s Square, a showpiece which beautifully represents the splendor of Venice's past. Largest square in the city, and the only one given the title of "piazza", while all the others are called “campi", St. Mark's Square has always hosted the city’s most important government and ecclesiastical buildings. Flanked by the arcaded Procuratie building and Correr Museum the square is crowned by the Venetian-Byzantine domes of Venice’s main cathedral, the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica.

Founded in the 9th century to house the remnants of St Mark it burned down in 976 and was then rebuilt as we see it today: a profusion of polychrome domes, a Greek cross layout and walls clad in marbles from Syria, Egypt and Palestine and, inside, over 8000 square meters of luminous mosaics. Enter the Basilica easily with hassle-free skip-the-line tickets and get ready to be surprised by the glittering ceiling mosaics, many made with 24-carat gold leaf, the basilica's oldest mosaics (Apostles with the Madonna), and the three golden domes...

Your Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour’s main highlight is the visit to the Doge's Palace. This light and airy masterpiece of gothic architecture, was once the seat of the government, Palace of Justice and state prison, as well as of the Doge's private apartments. The Doge's official residence was probably moved here in the 10th century, although the building as you admire now was erected starting no earlier than 1340 and the palace gained its current aspect in 1424, with the addition of the last wing. Today the palace houses paintings by world-celebrated artists such as Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese, and hosts Venice’s grand Carnival ball.

Walk into the grand central courtyard and experience the thrill of journeying back in time, learn all about the palace’s history, mysteries and captivating legends and enjoy the privilege of exclusive access to the mysterious secret passages, closed to the general public. See the eerie ancient torture chambers and prisons, including the one where legendary Casanova was imprisoned, and proceed to visit the courtyard, grand salons, ballrooms, Great Council’s hall, and the Doge’s lavish apartments. Admire the “Opera Museum”, which boasts an astonishing collection of portraits including Renaissance and Mannerism masterpieces and prominent “Venitian school” paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

Crown your Palazzo Ducale Venice secret itineraries tour walking over the famous Bridge of Sighs, and learn the story behind the origin of its name.

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Venice’s most remarkable political and religious landmarks, lose yourself in the art and history, with the privilege and comfort of a small group led by a highly specialized licensed history guide.

Inclusions

  • Guided walking tour
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line entrance to St Mark's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the Secret Passages of the Doge’s Palace
  • Tour of St Mark's Basilica

Meeting Point

ST MARK'S SQUARE: meet our tour leader under the column with the lion on the top, in front of the Doge's Palace - SEE ON MAP

Notes

Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance.
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.

Rain Policy

The tour runs rain or shine.

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