The Ducal Palace, St. Mark's square and the Basilica
Piazza San Marco is the very heart of Venice and it has been its civic forum during centuries.
The broad space, the largest in town encompasses the most important buildings including St. Mark's Church and the Doge's Palace.
The first one was built in the 9th century as a burial chapel to host the relics of St. Mark the Evangelist and rebuilt later in the shape of a Byzantyne temple to became the national church of all Venetians.
The second was in its origin a Byzantine military garrison transformed in the seat of the Duke of Venice until reaching the present shape to host also the seat of the Venetian government and the supreme court of Justice. A massive building to be the general prison was added and connected to the palace by the famous bridge of Sighs.
This tour can be considered then the 'classic' tour of Venice as visiting these two impressive building you'll be introduced to the origins of Venice, its main historical events, its instiutions and its art and architecture.
In this tour you'll visit: the Basilica of St. Mark's and its gold shining mosaics indoors - the Ducal Palace including the Duke's abode, the State rooms, the old prisons and the Bridge of Sighs.
You will skip the line for the Basilica and the doge's Palace. (Tickets are not included)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the PORTA DELLA CARTA- in S. Mark squre.
The PORTA DELLA CARTA it is today the exit of the doge's palace next to the Basilica.
Unless you're staying in an hotel very close by the square, the meeting will be in the square.
End location: In Saint Mark's square
Duration: 3 hours
Dress code in St. Mark's basilica: no shorts, no miniskirts, no sleeveless, no bare shoulders. Bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts are OK. Backpacks not allowed in both the basilica and the palace but can be dropped in deposit.
In a very few days St. Mark's Basilica may be closed without notice in case of unscheduled religious services.
In case of floods and from Nov. 1 to April 30 there is only one access to enter the basilica. Therefore there won't be any 'skip the line' access.
This is a walking tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 euro - (3,50 euro per person) to enter the Basilica and visit the Pala d'oro will have to be paid on the spot
the extra might be for a snack, a drink or to buy a souvenir.
Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.
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We had a great day. The perfect way to see Venice is with a private guide. Ask for MINU!