Doge’s Palace Priority Entrance & St. Mark’s Square Tour
DURATION: 2 hours
DEPARTURE TIME: 11am
MEETING POINT: Alilaguna Ticket Office
Enjoy priority entrance at the Doge’s Palace with a guided day or evening tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons.
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Doge’s Palace Priority Entrance & St. Mark’s Square Tour Highlights
Doge’s Palace Priority Entrance & St. Mark’s Square Tour Inclusions
Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 2-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Square and the Doge's Palace. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean. Choose whether to do the tour by day or in the evening, with the latter allowing you to explore Venice at a quieter time.
Start the tour near the Royal Gardens (Giardini Reali) where you will meet your tour guide. Take a moment to appreciate the picturesque surroundings before you move onto St. Mark's Square.
Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica’s Italo-Byzantine façade from the 11th century while your guide tells you about the history of the city of Venice. You will hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century, the history and function of St. Mark’s Square, as well as other fascinating facts about the city comprising over 100 islands.
Next, use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Here you will enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council, courtrooms, and secret rooms among other things. With historical objects everywhere you look, including frescoes by Tintoretto and an armory room, you will be able to take yourself back in time to when Venice was key to world trade.
Cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links the New Prisons to the Doge’s Palace. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals.
Know before you go
You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour