St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Private Tour


This 3-hour private tour offers an exclusive opportunity to step inside the center stage of Venetian history by visiting the two most prestigious buildings in the city – Saint Mark’s Basilica, a symbol of Venice’s religious importance and the Doge’s Palace, the political heart of the old Republic.

Equipped with skip-the-line tickets, your historian guide will take you directly inside the sites to embark on a journey through time. You’ll admire some of Europe’s most unique architecture and the stunning artworks that embellish them, as your private guide points out curious details and breathes life into unforgettable feasts, bloody feuds, legendary prisoners & behind the scenes secrets!
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    Why you'll love this

  • An in-depth exploration of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Relive the rise and fall of the Venetian Republic with a historian guide
  • Save time and enjoy priority access to both sites
  • Enjoy a privileged private tour for your group only

    What's included

  • Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • A friendly professional guide fully accredited by the city of Venice
  • Valuable private interaction to get the most out of your experience

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Your guide

Venice boasts unparalleled wealth in history and artistic heritage; its many monuments and museums are worth an in-depth exploration alongside an expert. Localers have thus got together a top-class team of art historian guides for our museum tours in Venice. Fully accredited guides and experienced educators, they pride themselves not only on their abundance of knowledge, they are also skilled at guiding untrained eyes through the artworks while explaining the truths behind, all adapted to the age and interests of visitors.


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Last reviewed: July 01 2019
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    6 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

Your journey starts in front of Saint Mark’s Basilica, a splendid monument carved out of multicolored marbles and embellished with precious spoils of wars to show off the power and wealth of the Venetian Republic. Your private historian will guide your eyes to admire the unique design of the basilica: the Greek cross plan crowned by five cupolas according to Byzantine models, a witness to Venice’s past as Europe’s gateway to the East.

With our skip-the-line pass, you’ll then arrive inside the basilica to marvel at its dazzling interior covered by mosaics. Your guide will demystify the scenes depicted and the eight centuries of construction that went behind. You’ll also discover the chef-d’oeuvre of St. Mark’s treasury – the Pala d’Oro (the Golden Pall), a medieval gilt altar adorned with more than a thousand precious gems.

The next half of the tour will take you to the Doge’s Palace. Not only a beautiful building of Venetian Gothic, it was the political center of the old Republic presided by the elected rulers called dogi. You’ll be amazed by the sheer size of the Grand Council Chamber and the splendid interiors painted by great Venetian masters like Titian and Tintoretto. It was also in this palace that some of the most famous prisoners in history, such as Casanova, were interrogated and taken down to the adjacent jail across the Bridge of Sighs, where they would sigh at a last view of Venice before their imprisonment.

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