Our Best of Venice Walking Tour with Doge’s Palace is perfect for visitors with limited time who want to get a true taste of the city's amazing history. In just a few hours we take you to the most famous sights, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We’ll also visit some quieter spots among the winding streets and piazzas of Venice, where you can get up close and personal with the daily life of this marvelous floating city.
Our tour starts at one of Venice’s must-see sights, the Rialto Bridge. Then it’s through the winding streets and over the tiny bridges of Venice as we delve into the heart of the city. Accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll see the outside of Marco Polo’s house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China. Learn about the history of the Venetian culture, from its beginnings as an uninhabitable marsh, to one of the world’s most powerful maritime republics to a popular tourist destination. As you walk, you’ll encounter the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings and modern structures unfold the eclectic story of the city’s development.
Next we pass the Bridge of Sighs before coming to the heart of Venice – St. Mark’s Square, once pronounced the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon. With Skip the Line Access we’ll get straight inside St. Mark’s Basilica, saving precious vacation time that would otherwise have been wasted in line. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an 'onion' dome, before following your guide through the beautiful mopsaics and frescoes inside the basilica. Special access means we’ll steal some extra time inside when we climb up to the first floor terraces. Rarely included on guided tours, the terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza, photo opportunities and some down time to soak up everything you have learned on your walking tour.
One of the highlights of our tour comes at the end when we visit the Doge’s Palace. Once home to the highest political office in Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history – and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history. We’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese, to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.
With your guide on hand to lead you through the most important rooms, to explain magnificent frescoes and to tell you the tales behind every nook and cranny, your visit to the Doge’s Palace will be the perfect way to wrap up your tour through the history and culture of Venice. Small group sizes of 20 people or less and headsets on group tours means your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to hear and interact with. Join us for an introduction to Venice, that shows you the very best of the Floating City.
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Want to ensure your trip to Venice is extra special? Our Semi-Private tour includes everything you love about our Best of Venice Tour but with small groups of no more than 10, special access to St. Mark's terraces and a Water Taxi ride included! (Note: The Semi-Private Tour does not include access to the Doge's Palace)
St. Mark's Basilica is subject to occasional closures without prior notice. When this occurs, we offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to inform customers ahead of time when there are disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
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