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Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour
107 USD
Discover the breathtaking beauty of St Mark's Basilica and the majestic Doge's Palace on a guided tour, available in both group and private settings. As you wander through the historic heart of Venice, take in the awe-inspiring views of the iconic Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons. Should St Mark's Basilica be closed, your tour will instead take you to the enchanting San Zaccaria Church or the fascinating Correr Museum, ensuring a memorable experience in this captivating city.
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Unravel the secrets of Venice's rich past on a 3-hour guided adventure through the iconic St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Choose from a private or shared group experience to delve into the history of this former Mediterranean mercantile powerhouse. Start your journey in the vibrant St. Mark's Square, accompanied by your expert guide. As you explore the majestic cathedral, be sure to admire the breathtaking views of the lagoon from the first-floor terrace and get up close to the famed bronze horses. Discover how these ancient steeds made their way to Paris and back during Napoleon's reign. Please note that St. Mark's Basilica may close unexpectedly, in which case you'll be treated to a visit to the stunning Church of San Zaccaria or the Correr Museum, depending on availability. These alternatives offer a glimpse into the intricate beauty of a 15th-century church and its mysterious flooded crypt, or a deeper understanding of Venetian art and history. Next, bypass the queues and enter the grand Doge's Palace, once the residence of the Venetian Republic's leader. Marvel at the majestic Chamber of the Great Council, courtrooms, and other wonders within. Be sure to admire the vibrant frescoes by Tintoretto and the majestic Giants' Staircase. Crossing the ominous Bridge of Sighs, which links to the New Prisons, brings a new level of excitement to your tour. Learn the intriguing story behind the bridge's name and its 17th-century construction, all while taking in the mesmerizing views of the canals. At the tour's conclusion, feel free to linger and explore Doge's Palace further, armed with helpful tips from your guide.