• Visit includes:

    St. Mark’s Basilica with the Golden Altar; the Doge’s Palace with the Bridge of Sigh

  • Facilities:

    Skip the line access and pre-purchased tickets.

  • Cost:

    All tours are customized on client’s requests, so is the fees.

  • Tailor made tour available:

    St. Mark’s Museum and terrace, Secret Itineraries in the Doge’s Palace.

  • Duration:

    2-4 hours.

     

The Tour

Visiting the city’s political center means to travel back in history. The great monuments of St. Mark’s square, the symbols of the political power, the islands in St. Mark’s basin…

Politics, art, and culture: the tour leads to glowing mosaics, outstanding architectures, huge paintings, and massive prisons.

Once in Venice it’s the most unmissable itinerary, suitable for all ages.

St. Mark’s square

Political heart of Venice since the 9th c., the square has always been the central place of all feasts and ceremonies.

As the largest square in the city, it hugely stretches from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Correr Museum with a slightly trapezoidal plan, while the smaller “piazzetta” watches St. Mark’s basin with the Doge’s Palace and the Library.

Two massive columns open the view to the stunning islands of St. George and Giudecca; they each have a statue on top: the winged lion, the symbol of St. Mark and soon of the Serenissima Republic too, and St. Theodore, the first patron saint, who fought and vanquished a dragon.

St. Mark’s Basilica

Built to house the remains of the protector of the city, St. Mark’s Basilica was consecrated in 1094.

For centuries it functioned as Ducal Chapel. Nowadays it is the cathedral of Venice. Its vaults and cupolas are entirely decorated by more than 8.000 square metres of mosaics, made in different centuries: a stunning illustrated biblical poem.

The initial Byzantine church combines with other styles and the result is of extreme elegance and uniqueness.

Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace, stunning Gothic architecture,had absolved in the past different state functions: seat of the Venetian Government, Doge’s residence, law court, prison and archive.

From the “Museo dell’Opera”, which contains some architectural sculptures which have been replaced, the itinerary runs through politics, history, art and architecture. Once inside, the great splendor of Venice is revealed chamber by chamber, until the amazing Great Council Room, huge in size and outstanding for the paintings preserved.

Tailor Made Tours Available

The Basilica’s Museum offers the opportunity to admire the four famous horses taken from Costantinople as well as a wonderful view from the terrace.

Inside the church, it is also possibile to add the visit of the magnificent Golden Altarpiece made of enamels and precious stones, which decorates the main altar, where the tomb of St. Mark’s lays.

Booking in advance, the Secret Itineraries can enrich the tour of the Doge’s Palace, with the impressive prison cells on the ground floor, as well as those on top floor. The latter are famous because Giacomo Casanova was kept imprisoned in the 18th c. The story of his escape is adventurous and funny and the route he took will be retraced along the tour.