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Legendary Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • Our most complete half-day Venice tour, Legendary Venice combines the top two sights of Venice for an insight into the history, art and architecture of Venice.

  • Enjoy a St. Mark’s Basilica tour plus the Doge’s Palace, where you’ll see prisons, apartments, courtrooms & incredible art: With skip the line access you'll have more time inside.

  • Traveling in small groups of 25 with an expert guide passionate about the art & history of Venice, your experience will be fun and engaging.
The roof of St. Marks Basilica Starting our tour by the gondolas The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) The Bridge of Sighs Inside The Bridge of Sighs Touring the oldest parts of the palace Inside the Doge's Palace Doge's Palace with St. Mark's in background Doge's Palace with bell tower Tour with an engaging expert tour guide Painted ceiling panel, Doge's Palace Stairway at the Doge's Palace

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL ACCESS TOUR OF ST MARK'S BASILICA WITH TERRACE ACCESS.

Meeting in St. Mark’s Square we’ll take a few moments to appreciate this incredible space before using our pre-reserved entrance tickets to enter the Basilica. Absolutely enormous, the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone! Its history, which dates back to the 9th century, is just as hard to get your mind around. But there’s no understanding Venice without understanding St. Mark’s Basilica.

On our St. Mark’s Basilica tour, your guide will take you far beyond the guidebook to really understand St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice as a whole. Hear the swashbuckling tale of the basilica’s founding (a story that involves an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church’s countless treasures. One such treasure is the bronze horses, which you will see up close during your special access visit to the balcony. With this access, your guide will also have an opportunity to speak with you inside the basilica too (not usually afforded to groups), using their time on the balcony to help you really appreciate the ceiling mosaics up close.

The cherry on top comes as you walk outside onto the terraces themselves. From here you'll witness the most beautiful views in all of Venice, over St Mark's Square and past the Doge's Palace down into the lagoon.

UNEARTH SECRET TALES OF POWER AND CORRUPTION AT THE DOGE’S PALACE – PLUS SOME INCREDIBLE ART!

St. Mark’s Basilica is only the tip of the iceberg though. The Doge’s Palace was the real heart of the Republic of Venice – home to the duke, the government, torture chambers, prisons and so much more. Our Doge’s Palace tours show you the best, telling you stories of scandal and politics that you won’t believe (but you should, we’d never lie to you.)

We’ll skip the line here, too, taking you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil (hint: it has to do with a beheading); discover just what the Doge really did, who he was and why you might not want the job yourself.

You’ll also get to explore the massive armory as part of your Doge’s Palace tour, and the so-called ‘New Prisons’ where your guide will teach you about the grim life of a Venetian prisoner. You’ll cap it all off with the Bridge of Sighs, which you’ll learn isn’t quite as romantic as you thought. But a bridge that connects interrogation rooms to prison cells will be that way.

PRIVILEGED ENTRANCE, SMALL GROUPS AND EXPERT GUIDES – FOR A TOUR TO REMEMBER.

In order to do justice to these incredible sites, we’ve kept our group sizes to only 25 people or fewer. You’ll have headsets throughout your tour, so you’ll be able to hear your guide clearly, engage with them and ask all the questions you want – a good thing too since they’re some of the best in the business.

We’ve spent years building the best team of guides, chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness. We know how important your guide is to the quality of your tour, so we only work with those who are passionate about sharing their passion for the history, art and stories of Venice with you.

For the best, most enjoyable and informative way to see the top sights of Venice, take a walk with us on our Legendary Venice Tour. It’s three hours, two top sites, and dozens of tales you’ll be retelling forever!

Sites visited

  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs

Included

  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Headsets on groups over 6 people
  • Expert, passionate tour guides
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 865 Customer Reviews

My wife and I enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Elena was a fantastic guide! We learned so much and had a really great time. We would 100% recommend this tour.
Our guide, Mauricio, was literally the best guide we had throughout our entire stay in Italy. Because of him, we even booked another tour with your company specifically in Venice. I Will definitely be recommending you and using your company again!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. For those interested in wheelchair friendly tours in Venice, please contact our Customer Care team at info@walksofitaly.com.

St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.

Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.

This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases we endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.

Between November 3rd and March 31st, there is no skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica. The good news is that lines at this time of year are almost always minimal. There is still skip the line access to the Doge's Palace during this period.

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Having visited as a student many years ago, I was kind of disappointed with how we were herded through St. Marks. And it was poorly lit and frankly, very disappointing, but not the fault of Walks of Italy. But the Doge's palace portion of the tour was more leisurely and very iteresting. Unfortunately, it is a sad fact that one must book a tour to see any major sight in italy in these times.
My wife and I enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Elena was a fantastic guide! We learned so much and had a really great time. We would 100% recommend this tour.
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Our guide, Mauricio, was literally the best guide we had throughout our entire stay in Italy. Because of him, we even booked another tour with your company specifically in Venice. I Will definitely be recommending you and using your company again!
Excellent tour . Guide was very knowledgeable and personable.
We had our two daughters with us aged 9 and 10. Susan, our tour guide, did a wonderful job of engaging them in the tour.
Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and a great storyteller. Her perspective on Venice and its history was especially interesting!
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Excellent tour. Would highly recommend!!
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Punctual, helpful, informative, friendly. We were introduced to Walks of Italy in Rome which is why we booked in Venice and would certainly book again in the future.
Your guides are always informative, fun and never boring!
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It was unfortunate that it was a very, very cold day which spoilt things slightly but could not be helped. Our guide was humorous, personable and knowledgeable and I would be happy to use her again
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Guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and kept the group captivated for three hours.
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Excellent tour and outstanding guide. She was very knowledgeable and made it fun and entertaining too! I highly recommend this tour.
We had a problem on our origal tour, which was resolved in no time to our full satisfaction. The guides in both tours were great!!
Mose was a wonderful guide.
The tour was easy to book, informative and our guide was excellent!! I’d tecommend Guiseppina and your tour to anyone!
Moses was an exceptional guide. His deep knowledge, and ability to share it in a factual but also an entertaining and meaningful ‘storytelling’ way, made our experience of Venice a very special one. Thank you Moses.
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Maria Theresa, our guide, was great!
Susan was excellent, friendly and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed it very much!
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Our guide was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about so many aspects of these magnificent buildings. She was an excellent guide and I would highly recommend her.
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Fantastic time on this tour! I would do it again. Grateful I had this experience with a knowledgeable, fun, and easy-going guide!
Francesca was an amazing guide and kept us interested with fascinating stories.
Moses was fantastic. So glad we got the tour with the terraces. Learned so much, and enjoyed ourselves!
Well organized and Elena was perfect.
Mosé left a deep impression not just on me but also my 7 year old son and 13 years old daughter. I think what we love most is the guides enthusiasm that radiated from his description of the art and history behind what we're looking at, suddenly our surrounding became so meaningful. Wonderful experience, we'll not hesitate to recommend Walks of Italy to our friends. Well done!
It was a fantastic tour!
Susan was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, kind, and most of all made the tour very interesting.
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Francesca was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She was also kind, funny, and warm. We really couldn’t have asked for a better tour!
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Excellent and superb guide. Lots of enthusiasm and energy. We really enjoyed it!
Excellent tour with an excellent guide. Very worthwhile. Thanks
Francesca was very good! She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. She was also very accommodating for pictures. We very much enjoyed having her as our guide!
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We loved our tour and our guide Susan! She was exceptional:) Thanks for a wonderful introduction to Venice.