basilica of San Marco and ducal palace

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20 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info:

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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This tour is unique because you will be able to understand the history of the Piazza di San Marco, the basilica and its millenary history, you will be able to admire the mosaics and marbles .... you will be able to see the Doges' Palace, where the events of the Serenissima Republic. But what will make the tour unique is the guide's passion and love for his city

What's Included

being in a small group of maximum 6 people, the tour also starts with two people

I will offer each participant a drink at the end of the tour

What's Not Included

do not carry bulky backpacks or bags

entrance ticket to the ducal palace; possible skip the line basilica

to dress in a manner appropriate to the sacred place for the basilica, in summer the women will have to cover themselves

you should not take photographs or make videos in the basilica

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Basilica di San Marco
Visit of Piazza San Marco, external and internal explanation of the Basilica of San Marco with its splendid mosaics

External explanation of the ducal palace. Small break of about 15 min and then continuation of the visit in the ducal palace. Visit to the institutional halls, bridge of sighs and passage through prisons

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Doge's Palace
You will visit the marvelous ducal palace, place of power and government of the Serenissima republic of Venice.
You will be able to see the marvelous internal rooms where the senators were ... the ambassadors ... and then you will see the marvelous hall of the greatest council with the wonderful painting of Paradise by Tintoretto.
You will then go to the bridge of sighs and you will be able to go through the prisons ....

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


Outstanding tour guide in Venice
donaldbT5617DI, 10-10-2022
Alessandro was excellent throughout the experience from email communication 2 months prior to our visit to the tours itself. He very promptly responded to emails, and was very helpful guiding me to the website for Douge Palace tickets. He also bought our tickets for “skip the line” access to the Basilica of San Marco, for which I reimbursed him seamlessly. Our group of 8 were all very impressed by his friendliness and knowledge of Venice and answered every question we had. We did a 2 hour walking tour in the morning and had lunch at a wonderful Venetian Trattoria which was crowded with locals including 2 tables of gondoliers! After lunch we walked to the Basilica followed by Douge Palace. Alessandro teaches history in secondary school in Mestre, but was born and raised in Venice, and it shows. He is clearly very proud of his hometown and it’s people! Cannot give him a high enough rating for everything we learned and saw in the 6 hours we were with him!
Perfect last day...
lindahW5212ZK, 24-06-2022
After reading reviews for this tour, I was excited to learn that we would have Alessandro as our guide, and he lived up to all my expectations! He was excellent in communicating with me, making sure that I knew what tickets to get ahead of time and where to meet on the day. Alessandro took our unexpected use of a wheel chair in stride and adapted our itinerary to match our restrictions, and helped push the chair around. I really appreciated his use of visual tools to underscore his explanations (for me) and his ability to describe things to my blind mother in a way that she could understand what we were seeing. We had a lot of fun and would sign up for a tour with him any time. He even helped us later to get to the correct platform at our hotel using the water bus and saw us to our door. An amazing and wonderful man! Thanks!
Vmyth, 15-06-2022
Alexander was wonderful, so knowledgeable, took extra time to take pictures for us! We would highly recommend him!! Thank you so much for wonderful history lesson about St Marco Basilica and Ducal palace!
Fantastic tour guide
Odyssey73424, 23-04-2022
Thank you very much Alessandro! My 12-year-old son and I spent 3 unforgettable hours in Venice, visiting St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Not only did you take care of everything, saving us from standing in a long line, but you also inspired my 12 year old son with your lively, interesting and informative stories. We could feel, that you guide with passion and that you truly know the history of your native city . And you have the skills of someone who has studied art history and knows how to transmit history also to young people. Alla prossima, ciao! L&E
Great experience with a knowledgeable tour guide
auroramec86, 26-09-2021
Alessandro was a very knowledgeable tour guide.
He met us earlier than the original time. He went above and beyond by assisting in purchasing the entrance tickets in advance.
He made sure we had a break between both locations to recharge before continuing the tour. He was very responsive leading up to the tour and was easy to find.
Also liked that he would alert us when there were picture moments , so we would have our phones ready. He also pointed out important and iconic pieces.
We would recommend booking a tour with him. Thanks again Alessandro!
Yours truly,
The backpack lady
Great 2 hour tour of Basilica and Doge’s Palace!
Monica C, 10-01-2023
Great 2 hour tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Alessandro, our guide spoke perfect English. He was very accommodating and purchased skip the line entrance tickets for us in advance, which were not included in the tour price. He covered all the highlights of the Basilica’s exterior and interior, as well as interesting details of the Doge’s Palace and prison. Perfect amount for time.
Great 2 hour tour if Basilica and Doge’s Palace!
Monica_C, 09-01-2023
Alessandro was our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide for St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. The 2-hour tour was the perfect amount of time to see the beautiful cathedral and its stunning mosaics especially while traveling with two college age young adults. Alessandro covered the history of both landmarks in an entertaining manner. The Doge’s Palace was impressive and it’s prisons haunting. The price of the tour did not include the skip the line entrance tickets which Alessandro purchased in advance and we reimbursed him when we met. Very enjoyable tour!

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