Piazza San Marco: Golden Basilica & Doge's Palace - Live Guided Tour

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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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An amazing 2-hour guided tour in the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica to discover two symbols of Piazza San Marco.

The tour starts in the imposing Doge’s Palace from where the Doge ruled the Venice Republic.
Admire the Golden, staircase and the many breathtaking artworks. You’ll walk through The Bridge of Sighs to reach the prisons!

Then you will enter in the breathtaking Basilica of Saint Mark, known as the Golden Basilica. Admire mosaics, the San Marco Museum and enjoy a breathtaking overview of St. Mark's Square from the Terrace.

At the end of the tour you will enjoy also a free visit to a glass showroom where you will see a real craftsman at work.

Enjoy the Audio guide with digital map to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour.

For an exclusive experience, choose the private option: enjoy a personal guided tour.

What's Included

Skip the line entrance in the St. Mark's Basilica

Guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide

Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice


Skip the line ticket to visit by yourself Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana & Archeological Museum.

Skip the Line”: Doge's Palace and a walk across the Bridge of Sighs into the prisons.

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 5
  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • Due to the security reason, luggage and bags are not allowed inside the Basilica
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • You will receive the audio guide with digital map by e-mail. If you have any problems with this, please come to Venice Tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance.
  • Comfortable shoes suggested.
  • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • On Sundays, feast days and in case of unplanned religious celebrations the Basilica tour foresees the visit with direct access to the Terrace and to St. Mark's Museum situated on the first floor.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Tour does not 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)
  • You must download the audio guide with digital map on your mobile phone.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Doge's Palace
Visit the imposing Doge’s Palace with its marvelous rooms rich of artistic artwork made by famous venetian artists. You will discover the halls of power where the Doge and the highest politicians decided the faith of the Venice Republic. In these rooms you will be stunned in front of the “Last Judgment” by Tintoretto, one of the largest paintings in the world. Then the guide will escort you down in the old venetian prisons, passing through the magnificent Bridge of Sighs!

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Basilica di San Marco
The guided visit will proceed to the Basilica of Saint Mark, known also as the Golden Basilica, thanks to its uncountable mosaics made of pure gold! The guide will explain the history and meaning of the masterpieces that decorate the cathedral. You will admire the incredible Pala D’Oro with its hundreds of precious stones and the Treasury of Saint Mark:  many precious items collected along the centuries!

Until the 30th August 2020, the guided visit to the Basilica will be done from the Terrace and the St. Mark’s Museum. So, you will enjoy a breathtaking overview of the golden Basilica from the Top! The Pala D’oro visit will not be available until the end of august.

At the end of the tour will be able to see a glass furnace, near St. Mark’s Square where real glass craftsman will create a unique item in front of your eyes.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Museo Correr
This special ticket allows you to visit by yourself the Palace in St. Mark’s Square:Old Royal Palace (Museo Correr), the Biblioteca Marciana and Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Here you will discover the Venice lifestyle in the past; the rooms of Sissi (empress of Austria) and the archaeological museum.

• Admission Ticket Free

Piazza San Marco
The two symbols of Venice are in the middle of the marvelous Saint Mark's Square.

• Admission Ticket Free


Great tour guide, very enthusiastic and thorough.
Bob_A, 11-09-2022
Guide was very knowledgeable. We really learned a lot about these historical buildings and the people who occupied them, and much of the history of Venice as well.
Magical Venice!
Sherilynne_P, 02-08-2022
This was our first tour in Venice and Elizabeta was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable and drew us into the beauty and historical significance of the piazza!
Our first visit to Beautiful Venice!
JOHANNA_G, 31-03-2019
We had an amazing time touring the city, our guide was excellent and we learned so much about this beautiful city, that it is a must to visit!
Romantic Ride
nevie r, 21-02-2018
We ride the gondola for 1 hour, and we saw all cities with this beautiful small boat. Very romantic feeling and you can how beautiful the towns and how the local people live. They drove us to a main road or ocean (i don't know what how it called haha) and they made us to a small place in town too, which is an incredible moment.
Very good tour
Jaime S, 07-11-2018
very interesting tour with knowledgable guide. worth investing time on this tour. The histoiry behind Palacio Ducal and the magnificense of the Bassilica make it a excellent choice.

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