Walking tour of Venice with old Royal Palace and skip-the-line tickets to the Doge's palace
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Walking tour of Venice with old Royal Palace and skip-the-line tickets to the Doge's palace

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Every day
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy a walk outdoors through the most characteristic places of Venetian history
  • Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to the Doge's Palace
  • Visit all the palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket
What to expect

A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the ancient history of the Serenissima Republic, recalling a past full of charm.

Start from Piazza San Marco and discover the origins, history, and description of the main monuments like Saint Mark's Cathedral, The Doge's Palace, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie.

Then admire Santa Maria Formosa and its history and anecdotes related to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the 'Pantheon' of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune, Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre.

Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, crucial connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping.

After, visit the Doge's palace that represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic.

You’ll be surprised by the rich details of the gold staircase, of 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.

Using the same ticket you'll have the opportunity to visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie.

You will discover the way of life of the Venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture.

At the end of your activity, you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark's square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
    • Skip-the-line Doge’s Palace entrance
    • Audio receiver devices in case of groups over 10 people
    • Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square
    • Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palace around St. Mark’s Square (Old Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
    What's not included
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Child (0-5): free of charge
    Where

    Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venezia VE

    Meeting point:

    St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near the exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”.

    What to remember
    • The visit is monolingual
    • From April to October: English, French, Spanish and German every day - Italian only on Saturday. From November to March: English every day - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in this case it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
    • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
    • Comfortable shoes suggested
    • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge’s Palace: Free deposit inside
    • The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party
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    When
    • Every day at 9.00am. Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
    • The tour does not operate on: 25 December; 1 January; 16-23 February and in the case of exceptional high tides
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    Provider
    Venice City Tour
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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