The marvels of Saint Mark's square in half day


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



Italian (fluent), English (fluent)

Saint Mark's church and Doge's palace with skip-the-line pass

How was Venice founded and why? And why is the winged lion the symbol of Venice? This is the perfect tour for first time visitors interested in history, art and architecture.
See the most important attractions in Venice with this half-day walking tour of St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the neighborhood between St. Mark's and the Rialto Bridge. Walk the busy streets from St. Mark's to the Rialto area to learn more about these lively areas. Walk past the queues with skip-the-line pass and visit St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. You'll learn about the history of the republic of Venice, the longest lasting republic in the world- more than 1000 years of power, trade, culture and prestige.


Saint Mark's square
Saint Mark's church with skip-the-line pass
Doge's palace with skip-the-line pass
Bridge of sighs
Rialto bridge

IMPORTANT- dress code for visiting churches
Short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts and bare shoulders are not allowed in churches.

Backpacks are not permitted in the Cathedral, they have to be deposited near the church (free of charge, maximum 1 hour).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Saint Mark's square, between the two columns

End location: Rialto bridge

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.



What’s Included

My assistance as your private tour guide.
Entrance fee and skip-the-line pass for the Doge's palace.
Skip-the-line pass to Saint Mark's square.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 euro - Food and drinks, souvenirs

What’s Extra

Souvenirs, food and drinks


I'm not a driver but I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange a car and driver if you want to visit the mainland.

A Recent Review of this tour

Giovanna's ability to interweave history with personal tales of the characters of Venice kept us entertained, engaged and longing for more after our 4 hour tour of Saint Mark's Square with her. Touring Doge's Palace was definitely the highlight of our time in Venice because of Giovanna's attention to details, stories, and immense knowledge that captivated both adults and children. Her communication of history transported us back in time to the glory years of Venice. Simply an outstanding guide and tour.
Clay Sandefur

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