Ducal Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Doge's Palace Guided Visit

Excellent tour - good value for money and spectacular venue. The Tourist Information Office in St. Mark's Square is very difficult to find - a more obvious meeting place (or better directions) would be a lot easier. ...Andrew H., United Kingdom – See more reviews
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St Mark's Square
St Mark's Square
Doge's Palace on San Marco square
Doge's Palace on San Marco square
Doge Palace ceiling
Doge Palace ceiling
Doge's Palace courtyard
Doge's Palace courtyard
Venice - The Procuratie Nuove, on the south side of the Piazza San Marco
Venice - The Procuratie Nuove, on the south side of the Piazza San Marco
Campo of Santa Maria Formosa
Campo of Santa Maria Formosa
St Marks's Square
St Marks's Square
Marco Polo home
Marco Polo home
SS. Giovanni e Paolo
SS. Giovanni e Paolo
St Marks's Square
St Marks's Square
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What To Expect

Take a walk outdoors through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. Then, explore the richly decorated rooms of the Doges Palace as you relive the European Middle Ages.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Venice
Departs From:
Venice
Meeting Point:
 
Duration:
2 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
7088
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Description

This tour is a combination of The Doges Palace and the Walking Tour of Venice.

A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. We will explore Piazza San Marco and discover its origins, as well as the history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. We will hear anecdotes about the history of Santa Maria Formosa and many stories about this wonderful and characteristic square. We will visit Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of Fortune and Marco Polo's house. We will pass by the Malibran Theatre as the past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. At the end of the tour, we will return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco, and head to the main street for some shopping.

The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In these splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You'll live it together with a guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries. You'll be surprised with the rich details of the gold staircase and the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. An unforgettable tour not to be missed!

Includes

  • Guided tour

  • Entrance fee to the Palazzo Ducale

  • Audio receiver device* at the Palazzo Ducale

  • Optional trip to Murano Island**

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Available Languages

April to October Schedule (Summer)

  • English, German, French, Spanish: daily

  • Italian (the visit can be bilingual): Saturday

November to March Schedule (Winter)

  • English: daily

  • German: Monday and Friday

  • French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Please Note

    • For groups of 10 or more people
  • **The optional trip to Murano Island will take another two hours.

  • We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.

  • Children 5 years old and below are free of charge.

  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge's Palace.

  • Tours may be taken on different days. If you are taking the tours on separate days, you MUST indicate which tour will be taken on which date in the Special Comments field in the booking form.

  • The tour does not operate during religious holidays and in cases of exceptional high tide and bad weather.

  • The tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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