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Tickets for St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace: Skip The Line + Guided Tour

Two-hour tour of Venice's biggest highlights

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Duration: 2h
Skip The Line
Live guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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What's included

Entrance ticket for St. Mark's Basilica, the basilica’s rooftop terrace, and St. Mark’s Museum
Entrance ticket for Doge's Palace
Skip the Line entrance for both St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
Professional tour guide
Entrance to the jail in Palazzo Ducale
If you want to visit the Glass Factory after the tour, please ask the staff for more info
Entrance to the Procuratie (Museo Correr, Marciana National Library and Archaeological Museum)

What's not included

Guided tour of the Procuratie
Optional gratuities or tips
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Make the most of your time in La Serenissima by taking this tour of its key highlights with an experienced guide (and skipping the lines)
  • These special locations come to life through the enthusiastic and knowledgeable stories of your guide
  • See one of a kind treasures like 'The Paradise', one of the world's biggest paintings, and the Bridge of Sighs!

If you only have a limited time in Venice, you have to make choices. Make those choices good ones. For example, take a tour of Venice's premiere sights with an experienced guide. Through captivating stories, St. Mark's Basilica, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and the Bridge of Sighs will come to life. And you'll be glad you made smart choices.

The tour starts at the very center of Venice: St. Mark's Square. This used to be the political and social center of the Venetian Republic. Today it's the place where millions of tourists dock every year, but it's no less beautiful for the foot traffic.

After coming to understand why Napoleon called this "the drawing room of Europe", you'll continue to St. Mark's Basilica, one of the world's most famous churches. It's survived fires, looting and storms - and not always unscathed. That's why you'll find many different architecture styles and irregularities. Giving it its unique appearance.

With your guide at the front, you'll skip the long lines at the entrance to the basilica (saving you a few hours in the burning sun or pouring rain - Venice's most common weather types). Once inside you'll be struck by the opulence; 4000 m2 of mosaics glitters and shimmers in the daylight. You'll also get access to the terraces - featuring great views - and St. Mark's Museum.

After the church you'll visit the famous Palazzo Ducale, formerly the HQ and home of the Venetian Doge.

The tour soaks up all the highlights of this power palace, including the gilded and marble staircases. Probably the highlight is the Great Council Hall. The entire east wall is Tintoretto's enormous painting The Paradise. It's one of the world's biggest (and most beautiful) paintings. You'll also get to cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs where the weary breaths of prisoners heading to the Doge's Prison would carry out into the city.

All of this Venetian history and beauty will no doubt put you in the mood for a snack. So keep with the 'true blue Venetian' mood and grab some delicious cinchetti (Venetian tapas) and then carry on exploring The Bride of the Sea on your own.

Insider tip

Just off St. Mark's Square you can find L'Ombra del Leone. Pull up a seat on the terrace, order a Bellini, and enjoy a real Italian aperitivo. This is how holidays should be done.

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Clock Tower
Piazza San Marco, 30100, Venice
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St. Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco 328, 30100, Venice
  • Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant before the tour
  • The meeting point is on Saint Mark's square, under the Clock Tower, near the exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade)
  • The assistant will be holding a sign that says 'TOUR'

Getting There:

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

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