Visit of Venice's two most important buildings
This tour is a must for any visitor wishing to grasp Venice's main historical, artistic and religious facts.
St. Mark's church once a national shrine to keep the relics of the Evangelist as the city's protector is one of a kind building. Its architecture recalls the early Byzantine buidlings of Costantinople while the 8000 sq. meters of mosaic covering the ceiling is one of the world's largest.
The Ducal Palace now a museum was the seat of the executive, legislative and judicial powers during 350 years in its present version. But above all it epitomizes the long standing power of the Venetian Republic the first ever in Europe. Venetians spent with no restraint calling the greatest architects and artist to decorate it providing thus to present visitors a great collection of art.
Join then this tour to visit St. Mark's church, the Ducal Palace, the old prison and the bridge of Sighs. And get also a full description of all buildings encompassing the square.
- St. Mark's square with description of all buildings
- St. Mark's church
- Ducal Palace including State Rooms, the Old Prison and the bridge of Sighs.
To enter St. Mark's church:
NO to short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless, bare shoulders, backpacks which can be dropped in deposit before entering.
YES to bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts, a scarf to cover shoulders.
St. Mark's church open hours:
Mon > Sat. from 09:45am to 4:30pm
Sundays and holydays from 2:00 to 4:00pm
Being a Cathedral used for religious events the church of St. Mark can be closed without notice
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: At the big column topped with a winged lion in St. Mark's square, near the water front.
Duration: 3 hours
This is a walking tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 euros - 3,00 euros to enter the church + 2,00 euros to see the Golden Altarpiece (on client's request)
Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.
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Giovanna was so very informative, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She also was an expert at getting us past the crowds in the Basilica and Doge's Palace.