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  • Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    1. Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge...

    It was a very pleasant experience. A very, very good tour guide, Ifigenia, well documented, good English. Found out a lot of information. I want to give my thanks to this wonderful guide. Recomand

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    2. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    3. Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

    Very good tour. Small group. Meeting point on other side of square which was a little confusing. Brilliant guide.

  • St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    4. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent interiors and see its collections of Byzantine art. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

  • Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    5. Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, hung with hundreds of painted masterpieces . Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic. Travel back to the Middle Ages as you discover the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase, and relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova and many others. Next, tour St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, and savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and enjoy the art treasures in the Treasury, c...

    Our guide was incredible! She was so knowledgeable and friendly and we learned a ton. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour and company to anyone visiting Venice!

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    6. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tel...

  • Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

    7. Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

    Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic. See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons. Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations ...

    We didn’t know what to expect. Doing the night tour was a great decision. It was a small group but way less crowded in the palace and St Marks. The prison was also interesting. Because we were the only group in St Marks we got to see so much more. Well worth the price.

  • St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride

    8. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride

    Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour. View magnificant artwokrs, admire magnificent golden interiors, and afterward explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

  • St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

    9. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

    Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a nighttime guided tour. View impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your guide in the evening and step inside the illuminated St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, marvel at the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

    10. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

    Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history an...

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What people are saying about Pala d'Oro

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,645 reviews

Francesca was knowledgable and fun. Tour just the right length with enough detail. A bit pricey but worth it. Still queued about 60 minutes partly due to COVID checks. Remember to take your vaccination certificate as well as ID! Should be highlighted when booking.

We had Marina as Guide and she was just brillant! She was easy to listen to and was able to answer every question. We could really hear her passion for the history and Venice. Can only recommend!

Marina (the guide) was super knowledgeable and very organised. It's clear she knew the history behind the palace and also added in some easter eggs.

Superb. Very knowledgeable guide. Entertaining and I got so much more out of my tour than the last time I went.

Complete and exhaustive path Our guide Elena is wonderful for explanations and competence is completeness