Piazza San Marco, Venice

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Piazza San Marco, Venice: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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: Gondola Ride with Grand Canal

    2. Venice: Gondola Ride with Grand Canal

    Take a traditional and unforgettable gondola ride through Venice’s Grand Canal. Pass under picturesque bridges and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the famous Grand Canal and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see winding little canals. Marvel at the majestic bridges that your gondolier rows past and experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past.

  • Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    3. Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    Get off the beaten tracks of Venice, away from the overcrowded places. The guide will escort you through the heart of Venice letting you discover the most fascinating and secret corners, rich with history such as the Rialto Area, with its typical markets, and the oldest church of Venice: The Church of San Giacometto (about 1200 A.D.). Once upon a time, merchants from all over the world came here to trade and sell their exotic goods. Go through the labyrinth of “calli” and “campi” (narrow Venetian streets and squares) in order to find some hidden architectonic places such as the marvelous “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”, a spectacular spiral staircase that belonged to one of the richest families in Venice. A few meters from there you will see the Fenix Theatre, where Giuseppe Verdi and many other great composers performed their masterpieces. Along the tour, you will also pass through the f...

    Our tour with Francesco was great, it was insightful and fun! He was friendly and kept a multilingual group engaged and together throughout the tour. Would definitely recommend.

  • 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.

  • Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    5. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4 or 6-hour afternoon tour. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Spend around 45 minutes on Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello, where you will spend around 45 minutes. See the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists. You will have 45 minutes here before returning to the mainland.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to...

    Only few minutes to Murano island, which is a beautiful place. Most of thr time for demonstration of Murano glass and the shop for buying Murano products. Murano stop is a trap for making money the shop owner and the boat company... Secondly, Burano is absolutely magnificent! Has to be more time to explore and rest (time for coffee for example).

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    6. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

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

    7. 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

    8. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour

    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, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. 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. Li...

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

    9. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace 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 panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. 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. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide te...

  • Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

    10. Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

    Climb aboard a comfortable motorboat for a half-day trip around the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Depart from a pier close to St. Mark’s Square for a convenient crossing to Murano. Cross the lagoon to the “Island of Glass” as you hear fascinating stories about the city. On landing, go to one of the famous glass factories to see how the colorful glass ware is blown. Alternatively, stroll the quiet streets of the island at leisure. Continue to Burano to discover one of Venice Lagoon’s most picturesque islands. See the major sights, learn about the history of the island, before spending some free time wandering around the chocolate box houses. Marvel at the bright colors of the fishermen’s island and visit a typical lace museum.

    The city is very beautiful but the only problem is everything looks the same at one point and i got lost I couldn’t find the ship. Because they have so many in different parts of the city. But despite that was very nice.

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What people are saying about Piazza San Marco, Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12,265 reviews

Everything was on time and there was a good balance between information and free time.

Fantastic stroll trough city.. shown some little details which you miss by yourself..

Our guide was very informative. He knew his history and was very funny at times.

Beautiful places and it weather is great than it is epic

Interesting and friendly. Done in It/Eng. 2 hours.