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Hidden Corners of Venice, including Skip-the-Line The Doge's Palace and Basilica

Price: $135.00
This tour operates from November to March.
Hidden Corners of Venice, including Skip-the-Line The Doge's Palace and Basilica
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Hidden Corners of Venice, including Skip-the-Line The Doge's Palace and Basilica

This tour combination is the right one for those who crave full immersion into Venice and its everlasting symbols. A tour not only to see Venice but to experience this City through its history and glorious past.

You will meet your guide in St. Mark's Square and begin your walking tour through some of the most hidden and peaceful corners of Venice. You will learn interesting facts about the past and present life in a water city system.

Head to the Doge's Palace, a building that represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. With your skip-the-line ticket, you will bypass the main entrance line to step straight inside to discover the treasures. While in the palace, you will stroll between rooms lined with artwork by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto. In these majestic rooms, the Duke and his Council ruled the fate of the most serene republic. While exploring, listen to your guide to learn how the council-controlled Venice from the chambers of the Doge's Palace, and hear about the building's mix of Byzantine and Far Eastern architecture.

Another symbol of Venice is the St. Mark Basilica, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture where Eastern and Western architecture run into each other. Here, learn more about the everlasting history of Venice and St Mark and how the ruins came to rest within the shields of the Basilica. Surrounded by the Basilica's beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays, your professional guide will explain the history and significance of the special features of this unique masterpiece.

Among the priceless treasures shielded in the Basilica, you will have an opportunity to admire the Pala d' Oro, a fine example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones and, of course, the golden mosaics - maybe the most famous feature of the cathedral. Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the Basilica (no bare knees or shoulders), for security reasons backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica.

Your tour ends outside the basilica.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
St. Mark's Square (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter a place of religion. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour takes place in historical areas and, therefore, is not wheelchair accessible. However, the Doge's Palace and Basilica are wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or those who use partly-motorized vehicles or walkers. For security reasons backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso. Because of safety reasons all visitors have to get through metal detector checks, which might lead to a short line to enter the palace even if having a skip-the line access.
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