Guided tour

Venice: Power & Religion in Venice

4.7 / 5

48 reviews

Venice: Power & Religion in Venice

From £70.32 per person

Discover the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica in all its glory.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 135 minutes
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English, Spanish, German, French, Italian


  • Enjoy the visit to the Doge's Palace, the ancient seat of Venetian political power
  • Admire the golden treasures hosted in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays
Full description

The Doge's Palace represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand year history. The halls of power, plunging visitors in a particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediate following centuries. Be surprised of the rich details of the gold staircase, of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. 

Continue the tour with St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. Enjoy the visit of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy. Have the pleasure to savor the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while your guide will show you represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Doge’s Palace
  • Basilica with audio receiver devices
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to Pala d'Oro
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet on Calle Larga de l’Ascension, in front of the Turive kiosk near St. Mark’s Square.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • The tour is not guaranteed with adverse weather conditions
  • Proper clothing (no shorts or tank tops) is required while visiting the basilica
  • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed
  • This tour does not operate on Sundays and other religious holidays
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 48 reviews

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Highly Recommended! The price sounds high for 2-3 hours, but all tickets are included, the guide, the headphones and of course the “skip the line” so no queuing. Instead of standing in front of St. Mark's Basilica for 1 hour and then another 40 minutes in front of the Doge's Palace, you saw everything after 2-3 hours without waiting. Excellent! The guide was great, Max spoke perfect German and could explain everything very well

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31 August 2021

The train from Verona was 30 minutes late, so we didn't get to the tour on time, a nice young Italian called the tourist office. So it happened that we were able to join the tour in St. Mark's Basilica and the people from Citytouristk tried to ensure that we couldn't get a tour in German, but instead tickets to the Doge's Palace without waiting in line, everything was fine. The people from city tourism tried to help us; just great

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14 August 2021

French guide SUPERB and very interesting Super moment Skip the line very very useful for us Just do not forget the dress (no bare shoulders and no short shorts) and NO BACKPACK otherwise you have to put it in the locker room and do the queue Very well organized! CHECK THE BATTERY LEVEL OF YOUR AUDIOPHONE thanks to which we listen to the guide .....

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22 August 2018

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