San Marco square, San Marco church, Ducal Palace, old prisons and Bridge of Sighs
This tour is for those who wish to grasp Venice's main political and artistic achievements.
We'll start the tour visiting St. Mark's church, once a state owned chapel to keep in custody the relics of St. Mark it is a unique building. Built 900 years ago is the only Byzantine building in Western Europe decorated inside with the largest surface of mosaics in the world. In here you'll know about the early days of Venice and what brought to its foundation. And you'll also get a full description of the main art features housed inside.
The visit of the Ducal Palace, previously the combined seat of Venetian gov. t, court of justice and chief of state, will be next. This building so lavishly decorated indoors epitomizes the political and artistic accomplishments of the Venetian Republic from its heydays to the fall. We'll visit inside the State Rooms, and the old prisons including also the iconic bridge of Sighs.
We'll complete the tour with an overall description of other main buildings facing the square.
- St. Mark's square with descripiton of monuments and buildings
- St. Mark's church idoors with its mosaics and main artistic features
- The Ducal Palace with its collection of paintings, State rooms, old Prisons and bridge of Sighs.
The Duke's private apartments are not to be seen due to temporary art exhibits hosted inside.
On Sundays + holydays St. Mark's church opens for tours after 2:00pm. Therefore is closed for tours in the morning.
Admissions in the Ducal Palace are full fare and not refundable
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: By the entrance of the Ducal Palace or in your hotel if you're staying in the san Marco square area.
TO ENTER SAN MARCO CHURCH, please be respectful: no shorts, no sleeveless, no backpacks.
Bermuda pants and T-shirts are ok. Backpacks can be left in deposit.
OPENING TIMES FOR TOURS IN SAN MARCO CHURCH: from MON to SAT from 9:45 to 5:00pm
SUN from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
The church may be closed without notice in case of religious celebrations.
NOTICE: From 10 people on is mandatory to use individual radio-receivers, price 3,00 per person for all the tour
End location: San Marco square
Duration: 3 hours
To enter St. Mark's Church
NO to short pants, miniksirts, sleeveless shirts, bare shoulders
YES to bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts, a scarf to cover shoulders.
Backpacks are not permitted inside both in the church and the palaceto be dropped off in deposit.
St. Mark's church is open:
Nov to June MON>SAT 09h45>17h00 SUN+HOL 14h00>16h30
June to Nov MON>SAT 09h45>17h00 SUN+HOL 14h00>17h00
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 euro - It is entirely up to you about how much money you want to bring.
Consider personal expenses like food, drinks, souvenirs and admissions.
Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.
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Excellent tour. Fernando was a great guide giving many details we would have not known except for his expert commentary.