Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Cathedral

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Take a tour of Venice’s most famous landmarks: Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Cathedral with Show Me Italy’s expert guides. Considered the heart of Venetian government and religion, the beautiful and elaborate decoration in the Doge’s Palace can only be matched by the sparkling gold mosaics in St. Mark’s Cathedral. No Venice trip would be complete without a tour of the two greatest buildings in the city.





Group Size

35 People

Instant Configuration

4 Hrs

Mobile Voucher
Tour Highlights
  • Venice’s most famous buildings in its most popular square
  • St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace
  • Professional and fun tour guide
  • 2.5 hours duration
Tour Description

Join our expert local guide on this exclusive tour of Venice’s most-renowned landmarks — the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica. After meeting your guide in St. Mark’s Square, your tour will begin with an introduction to this elegant piazza and the surrounding area. You will visit the Doge’s Palace, the seat of political influence in Venice, and pass over the Bridge of Sighs as you enter the prisons.
The magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica is a wonderland of golden mosaics and Byzantine columns and it’s the next stop on the tour! After marveling at the beautiful interior, you will see the exquisite Pala d’Oro — an altar screen made of gold and hundreds of precious gems. As you explore these stunning structures, your guide will amaze you with tales of political scandal and religious influence. This Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica tour is the perfect opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the fascinating city of Venice.

Experience the glimmering beauty of St. Mark’s Cathedral

Your tour includes a visit to the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica. With its history dating back to the 9th century, this enormous church is a stunning example of where east meets west. A combination of Byzantine, Venetian, and Roman styles come together to create an architectural masterpiece. If you think the exterior is impressive, just wait until you step inside. The church houses more than 8,000 square meters of mosaics — there are tiny specs of gold everywhere you look! Similar to Middle-Eastern churches, the interior of the Basilica is kept dim, which allows for beautiful interactions between the golden mosaics and the changing light of day.
Your guide, an expert in Venetian history and art, brings this incredible structure to life as you soak up the magical atmosphere inside. As if that weren’t enough, you also visit the exquisite Pala d’Oro — an unbelievably intricate gold and silver altarpiece made with hundreds of precious stones. It is widely considered the most impressive example of Byzantine enamel work.

Discover the political intrigue of Venice inside the Doge’s Palace

This tour combines the elegance of the city’s monuments with the intrigue of its powerful historical figures. With your local guide, you visit the Doge’s Palace to discover where the most powerful man in Venice would live and hold office. You will see the beautifully decorated hallways and elaborately painted rooms on your way through the palace. Your guide will take you across the Bridge of Sighs, the famous “last crossing” for prisoners on their way to their cells in the dungeons below the palace. If you really want to understand Venice, including the darker side that lies hidden beneath its serene surface, join us on this unforgettable tour of the city’s most treasured sites.

What's included
  • Professional live tour guide
  • Tickets and Reservation Fees
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Personal headsets
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel drop off/pick up (available upon request)
  • Gratuities
Know Before You Go
    • Check in is 15 minutes prior to the starting time
    • Bring a copy of your voucher (printed or e-voucher)
    • For security reasons, backpacks are not allowed into the Basilica (free deposit available in the cathedral).
    • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through a metal detector, which may lead to a short wait at Doge’s Palace (even with skip-the-line access).


  • Tour runs rain or shine! No refunds for no-shows or late arrivals
‎€ 59 / per person

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