Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour & Guided visit to St. Mark's Basilica Museum & Terrace

Duration: approx. 2 hours 

Location: Venice

Per person

Why choose this experience?

1 Because in just two hours you will enter in the heart of the Doges’ ancient Venice through a guided visit of the Doge’s Palace and the museum of St. Mark’s Basilica, with access to the terrace to enjoy a breath-taking view of the homonymous square.
2 Because thanks to our skip the line service, you will visit the Doge’s Palace without wasting precious time and thus avoiding large gatherings of people.
3 Because during this fascinating tour you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the dark prisons of the Doge’s Palace.

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Important information


All year

Departure point:

TURIVE kiosk, located on Calle larga de l'Ascension, near the St. Mark's Post Office, behind Correr Museum

Departure time

Monday to Saturday

Languages available

Until 2 November 2022
English: Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Monday to Saturday
French: Monday to Saturday
German: Monday to Saturday
Italian: not available

From 3 November to 25 December 2022 and from 9 January to 10 February 2023 and from 22 February to 24 March 2023
English: Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Wednesdays and Saturdays
French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
German: Friday
Italian: not available

26 December 2022 to 8 January 2023 and 11 to 21 February 2023
English: Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Wednesday and Saturday
French: Monday to Saturday
German: Friday
Italian: not available


Full: € 90.00

Children from 6 to 14 years: € 80.00
Children up to 5 years: free

approx. 2 hours
  • Skip the line entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Guided visit to the Doge’s Palace, incuding the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons (about 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Guided visit of the Museum of St. Mark’s Basilica with access to the terrace (about 45 minutes)
  • Entrance ticket to St. Mark’s Museum and outdoor terrace
  • Access to the St Mark's Basilica ground floor
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show it, either a paper copy or on mobile devices. Make sure you have it with you!

  • We advise you to arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time specified.

  • The guide who will accompany you on the tour will speak exclusively in the language you chose at the time of booking, without repeating the same explanations in other languages.

  • This is a shared tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

  • It is absolutely forbidden to bring suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags in the Basilica. Therefore we ask you not to bring any of these with you if you want to take part in this tour.

  • To access to St. Mark’s Museum you have to climb a steep staircase, therefore the tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

  • If you would like to continue the visit to St. Mark’s Museum on your own, you will have to leave the tour before its conclusion as it will not be possible to access the Museum again once you leave.

  • It is not possible to access the St Mark's Basilica ground floor.
  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.


In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Are you ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Venice and tread the footsteps of the great doges of the past?

Then take part in this interesting guided tour in the heart of the world’s most famous maritime town: you will walk in the sumptuous rooms of the Doge’s Palace and admire the triumph of artistic and architectural of St. Mark’s Basilica. An itinerary that will lead you discover the two great centers of temporal and spiritual power of the ancient Republic of Venice, where its glorious and unforgettable history was written.

This new ‘Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour & Guided visit to St. Mark's Basilica Museum & Terrace will start from one of the most beautiful points of St. Mark’s Square: the Torre dei Mori, that overlooks the entrance to one of the main streets, Antica Merceria, and it’s characterized by a large astronomical clock, a masterpiece of engineering and technology from the late 15th century. Right here, in this beautiful historical setting, you will meet our expert guide that will engage you in a tour of great charm so you can learn the best of Venice in just two hours!

The Doge’s Palace will be the first destination of your journey (about 1 hour and 15 minutes) through the wonders of the historic center of Venice: an imposing building, unique in its kind for elegance and beauty, now home to one of the most prestigious museums in Venice, the Museo Civico di Palazzo Ducale.

Representative symbol of the Gothic-Venetian style, the Doge’s Palace, built presumably from the ninth century onwards, and gradually transformed over the centuries until it reached today’s elegant appearance, was the residence of the Doge and seat of the local magistrates until the fall of the Republic of Venice.

Through its sumptuous halls, you will immerse yourself in the splendor and power of the Serenissima, and discover the treasures kept inside… every room and every corner are keepers of extraordinary artistic masterpieces, pieces of furniture and treasures of inestimable value. Here you will discover the complicated political mechanisms that governed city life, the functions of each individual room, the palace intrigues and many other little secrets...

During the visit to the Doge’s Palace you will be able to admire up close all those masterpieces that have made this monument famous: the Giants' Staircase with the two marble statues by Sansovino depicting Mars and Neptune, the splendid Golden Staircase that leads to the constitutional halls, the largest canvas in the world, 'Il Paradiso’ (Paradise) by Jacopo Tintoretto and much more that you will discover by taking part in this tour!

The tour also includes a visit to the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons. The elegant suspended structure, owes its name to the doomed fate of the condemned who used to cross it: upon crossing the Bridge of Sighs, they relinquished freedom forever before being locked up in the dark rooms of the Prisons.

After the guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, the guide will accompany you to visit the Museum of Saint Mark’s Basilica (whose entrance ticket is included in our guided tour) housed on the first floor of the church. There, you will also enjoy the special access to the outdoor terrace, from which you can admire the homonymous square from a privileged position.

During this fascinating journey, which winds along the matronea, the former Banquet Hall and the rooms above the narthex, the guide will pause to tell the story of this wonderful church whose origins are tied to a truly incredible tale that, at times, appears legend. In these ancient rooms you will admire the magnificence of the mosaics and all those artistic masterpieces that constitute the great patrimony of the Basilica Marciana, and are evidence of the greatness of the Venetian civilization.

Of course, during your visit to St. Mark’s Museum, the original St. Mark’s Horses cannot go unnoticed. They once stood on the upper part of the church façade and they are the only example in ancient statue collections of an all-round four-horse sculpture that survived until today, and it probably dates back to the Age of Imperial Rome.

The tour will end in St. Mark’s Square with the explanation of the external facades of the sacred building, which are like a history book, able to tell all the events that have the St. Mark’s Basilica as their protagonist… will you be able to pick up the clues?

If you wish to linger at the Museum to admire again the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s Loggia or to see once more your favorite masterpieces, you may conclude the tour here as it will not be possible to access the Museum again once you leave.

Book now this tour Doge's Palace skip-the-line tour & guided visit to St. Mark's Basilica Museum and Terrace: a guided itinerary of the most important monuments of Venice so you can dive into the glorious past of the world’s most beautiful city on the water!


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