The Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour


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Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (advanced)

The seat of the political power of Venice

Venice in the past Centuries was a powerful, independent country.
Thanks to their ability in diplomacy, trades and businesses, the Venetians in few Centuries where able to become one of the richest countries of Europe.
The wonderful architectures which surround the Piazza San Marco are there to testify the Wealth, the Power, the Magnificence of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
The Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace) was the seat of the government until 1797, when Venice was conquered by Napoleon.
Into the Palace you will see the grandiose halls of the Parliament and the Senate, the solemn rooms where Justice was administered, and you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, to go to the fearful state prisons. You will admire the golden staircase, and the important works of art, representative of the glories of the Republic.
The Basilica of St Mark's was in the past the chapel of the Palace, and it will surprise you with its treasures and the thousands square feet of shiny mosaics.


From the chosen meeting point, we will go to the Piazza San Marco, where I will explain you the Square and all the monuments around it.
We will enter the Saint Mark's Basilica, where you will admire the wonderful Byzantine mosaics and the beautiful marbles in it.
Then, using my pass to skip the line, we will enter the Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace), the former seat of the venetian government, which will impress you with its huge halls, important artworks, dark prisons.

St. Mark's church is open from Monday to Saturday, 9h45>17h00
On Sunday, 14h00>16h00

Please, be sure to bring something to cover your legs and your shoulders.

The backpacks have to to be check before entering the church.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We can meet at the main bus&car terminal, the railway station, St. Mark's square and your hotel if it is in Venice.
Let me know where you are going to stay, so I will agree with you the best meeting point.

Please, note that if you are on a cruise ship, we can meet at the cruise terminal, but we will need 4 hours instead of 3 to see all the sites included

End location: Usually this tour ends close to St Mark's Square.
I will show you how to go back to your hotel or how to go to any other place you need to go.

Duration: 3 hours



What’s Included

Other: My service as a private licensed guide and Art Historian for 3 hours.

Doge's Palace tickets

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 Eur - - 3,00 € per person to avoid long lines to enter St. Mark's church (from April 1 to october 31)
- Scarf to cover your shoulders 2€ per person
- Any other expenses like snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...

What’s Extra

Other: 3,00 € per person to avoid long lines to enter St. Mark's church (from April 1 to october 31).
Scarf to cover your shoulders (if needed) 2€ per person.

Transportation if required

Any other expenses like snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...

from 10 people on, it is mandatory to use individual audio-receivers at the price of 3,00 euros per person.


As a Licensed Tourist Guide of Venice, I have no restrictions at all.

I am not a driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Nicoletta is a true professional guide, her attentiveness to the interests and questions of every member of our group was remarkable. An excellent attitude and a clear conveyance of her guidance (in two of our groups's languages) is beyond commendable. Thanks to toursbylocals and chapeaux to Nicoletta...
Christian Pedemonte del Castillo

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