The center of the Venetian Power
Ever since its origins, Piazza San Marco has always been the political and religious centre of Venice, with the Doge Palace, headquarters of the Venetian Government, today an extraordinary museum where one can view the Institutional Halls of the Serenissima Repubblica, the apartments of the Doge, the Prisons, and admire extraordinary master pieces of Venetian art, amongst which, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.
The Basilica of San Marco: the "Golden Basilica" with its glass and gold leaf mosaics, the Four Horses of San Marco brought from the East, the High Altar with the Pala d'Oro covered with precious stones, and the tomb holding the remains of the Patron Saint.
The Piazza, "the most beautiful sitting room in the world" surrounded by the Procuratie, closed from the Napoleonic Wing, with the Clock Tower, where San Marco's Bell Tower is "el paron de casa" (the landlord), Venice's oldest and highest bell tower.
-Saint Mark's Square and its official and ancient buildings and monuments
-Saint Mark's Basilica, the heart of the Venetian religious life, with its 8000mq of mosaics and its works of art
-Doge's Palace: the official rooms of the Venetian Government, unique paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese; the Prison; the Bridge of Sighs
St. Mark's church is open Mon-Sat 9. 45am-5 pm
Sun 2. 00-4. 00 pm
Please be sure to have with you something to cover your legs and your shoulders.
Backpacks are not permitted in the Cathedral and in the Doge's Palace. They must be dropped off in deposit.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We could meet on Saint Mark's Square between the two big columns (nearby the column with the winged lion); we could also meet at the lobby of your hotel if you're staying in the Saint Mark's area. Please let me know where your hotel is!
End location: Saint Mark's area.
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Euro - Admissions:
- Priority admission in Saint Mark's church € 4,00 p.p.
(from April 1 to october 31)
from 10 people on, it is mandatory to use individual audio-receivers at the price of 3,00 euros per person.
As a licensed guide I have no restrictions at all.
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Arianna is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Venice and shared the amazing sights around the St. Marks area with us. It was a very nice tour.