Immerse yourself in the beauty of Venice and explore the city from the water on our gondola tour.
Take a tour of Venice’s most famous landmarks: the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Cathedral with Show Me Italy’s expert guides. Here at Show Me Italy, we have carefully crafted our Venice Tours to show off this incredible city. No Venice trip would be complete without a tour of St Mark’s Square’s two great buildings. If you’d like to tour outside of the square, you may be interested in our Venice Walking Tour or our Venice Gondola Ride.
ESSENTIAL DETAILS OF OUR DOGE’S PALACE & ST MARK’S CATHEDRAL TOUR
DOGE’S PALACE & ST MARK’S CATHEDRAL TOUR | HIGHLIGHTS
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 marvelling 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. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this tour or any of our Venice tours.
What You See
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.
The tour combines the elegance of the city’s monuments with the intrigue of its powerful historical figures. With your local guide, you visit Doge’s Palace and cross the Bridge of Sighs as well as marvel at the grandeur of both the interior and exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica. 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.
Learn More About Your Tour
- Professional tour guide
- Tickets and reservation fees
- Skip-the-line entrance
- Personal headsets
- Food and beverages
- Hotel drop-off and pick-up (available on request)
- Please check in 15 minutes before 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).
- Comfortable shoes and clothing
- Bottle of water (especially in hot weather)
- Only small bags allowed inside
- Shoulders and knees must be covered for entrance to churches