A guided tour in the Palazzo Ducale which represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his 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 live it together with a Guide that 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 of 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. An unforgettable tour not to be missed! The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to enter without waiting. Audio receiver devices for groups of 10 or more people is included. After, you visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a Tour Guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, you’ll have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire The Pala d’oro, exquisite example of the Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries. After the visit of the basilica, we offer you free of charge an optional trip by private boat to Murano Island at 2:00pm, in a glass factory to see and touch one of the Venetian greatest arts. The return to San Marco is included. The duration of the trip to Murano is of about 2 hours. The privileged entry and the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice allow us to avoid the queues! Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people. Some days, due to church services or exceptional high tides, the access may not be possible. The tour can be held the next day or reimbursed. For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing (no shorts or tank tops) is required. For security reasons backpacks are not allowed.
***Comfortable shoes suggested – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”