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Palazzo Ducale and Piazza San Marco guided tour

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    Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

    Have a walk outdoors through the most characteristic and historical highlights of Venice. A qualified guide will escort you through the millennia of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the charm-packed history of this unique city.

    Here is the route: Piazza San Marco - Origin, history, and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie, Santa Maria Formosa - History and anecdotes relating to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the city’s main shopping street


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Pass By: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy

    Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the city’s main shopping street


    Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

    you will visit the Palazzo Ducale, which has been for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of paintings masterpieces, the duke and his council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You’ll live it together with a qualified and experienced guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very special historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediate-following centuries. You’ll be surprised at the rich details of the gold staircase, at the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and enter the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. The ticket for the palace is included in the tour price, and it will allow you to enter without waiting.

    After the visit of the Doge's Palace you will have the opportunity to visit a Glass Factory close to Saint Mark’s Square where you can see a Glass Craftsman at work. Please note this is a free of charge optional tour of approximately 20 minutes and it is not a part of the tour.

    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Pass By: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco San Marco 52, 30124 Venice Italy

    You may visit the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square with the same ticket by yourself (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). You will discover the way of life for the Venetians with paintings, libraries, coinage, and sculpture. You can also visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi, the Empress of Austria.
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    Departure Point
    Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Walking tour of historical center with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
    • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
    • Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
    • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
    • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after; otherwise, it will be refunded)
    • For security reasons sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace. Free deposit inside.
    • The tour is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party
    • Mobile vouchers are accepted
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 March 2019 via mobile

    Fabulous walking tour with entertaining and informative guide. Learnt lots of information not found in the usual history books. Highly recommended.

    1  Thank garyg563
    Venice C, Director of Sales at Venice Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2019

    thanks a lot for your kind review

    Reviewed 17 February 2019 via mobile

    Enjoyed this tour our guide was Alesandro his English was perfect and we had audio devices to help us hear what he had to say Being a Venetian his passion and knowledge were clearly demonstrated. Suitable for all

    1  Thank jackymc2019
    Venice C, Front Office Manager at Venice Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2019

    Thank you very much for your kind review!

    Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

    Great attractions in the main hub of Venice centre. Both really interesting with lots to see and read. Guided tour option is better in my opinion,and the staff spoke brilliant English.

    Thank 993vickil
    Giuseppe M, Director of Sales at Venice Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

    Thanks for your kind review, regards.

    Reviewed 25 January 2018

    I loved our wonderful tour guide, she was delightful! The people you met at the meeting point weren't super friendly but its the tour guide that matters the most. The tour itself was incredible. A lot of walking but it really was worth seeing the...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    4  Thank mislalatoya
    Giuseppe M, Director of Sales at Venice Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

    Thank you for your kind review! We really appreciate hearing from you such a positive feedback!! Our team is at your total disposal for further information concerning other tours and experiences in Venice.

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    kimthiessen
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    Response from 993vickil | Reviewed this property |
    There are different options.Ours included st. Marks but not the tower. Hope that is abit helpful
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