SAINT MARK'S SQUARE

The most beautiful square in the world

Saint Mark's Square (San Marco, in Italian) is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating places in Italy, famous worldwide for its beauty, its magic and its architectural integrity.

Heart of the city and the symbol of the Venetian Republic, the monumental area of ​​Saint Mark Square is composed of three major areas:
-the Square, the area enclosed by the Procuratie Nuove and the Nuovissime, made up of striking and unique architecture, a monumental complex made of the St.Mark's Basilica and the famous Saint Mark Bell Tower from which you can enjoy a unique all-round view of Venice.
-the Saint Mark Piazzetta, in front of the Ducal Palace and the Library, is the monumental entrance to the spectacular St. Mark's area for those coming from the sea, passing through the two columns in front of the famous St. Mark's Basin with the lion and the holy Saint Theodore, which overlooks the Ducal Palace pier.
-The Piazzetta dei Leoncini aside of the basilica and adjacent to the Patriarchal Palace is named after the two statues of crouching lions bordering the raised central area.

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SKIP THE LINE: Walking Tour of Venice and the Doge's Palace

Have a walk outdoors (no entries) through the most characteristic and important places for the history 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. An essential tour for the understanding of Venice!! Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - 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 - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping. After, you visit 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! You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket! You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria. 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. Key Details Meeting point: St.Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Timetable: Every day at 9:00 AM Duration: 2.30 hours (20 minutes more for demostration in Saint Mark's Square) Languages: from April to October: English, French, German and Spanish every day - Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English from Every day - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The visit could be bilingual. Price: € 56,00 per persona - Free under 6 years. Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to entry without waiting.  Venice needs your help: Check the guide of the responsible visitor. 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. Tour does not operate on 25 December and 1st January and in case of exceptionally high tide. 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.  Mobile voucers are accepted. For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTDUCALT

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DOGE'S PALACE - Guided Tour

ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE 1 hour guided tour of Doge's Palace with a professional guide Skip the line tickets Ticket valid for visiting by yourself  the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). 20 minutes demonstration of glass blowing in a glass factory near Saint Mark's Square THE TOUR The Palazzo Ducale 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! You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket. You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria. Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to entry without waiting. 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. KEY DETAILS Meeting Point: ST. MARK’S SQUARE - CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Departure time: every day 10:45 AM (all year) - 02:15 PM (from april to october) Languages: from November to March: English every day - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -German on Monday and Friday - Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. From April to October: English, French, German and Spanish every day - Italian only Saturday. The afternoon tour is ONLY in english. The tour is monolingual Duration: 1 hr. approx. (20 minutes more for demonstration in St. Mark's Square) Price: Adulti: € 36 - Child: FREE under 6 years   Venice needs your help: Check the guide of the responsible visitor. TERMS & CONDITIONS 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  For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace: FREE DEPOSIT INSIDE. Comfortable shoes suggested The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). Tours does not operate on 25th December and 1st January Mobile vouchers accepted The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTDOGESP

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SKIP THE LINE: The Golden Basilica

A guided tour in one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a professional and passionate Guide, you will enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, you'll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics (the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone!) 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. The Basilica is the perfect synthesis of Venetian art and a unique blend of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements with the Five Oriental-looking domes crown.  BOOK THIS TOUR AND JUMP THE QUEUE ! Key details Meeting point: Clock Tower in Saint Mark Square, near the exchange office (the white bulding with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Timetable: from monday to saturday at 12:00 PM Languages: from April to October: English, German, Spanish and French: every day - Italian only on saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday. The visit could be bilingual. Price: € 25 - Free under 6 years Duration: 1 hour (20 minutes more for the demonstration in St. Mark's Square) 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.  Venice needs your help: Check the guide of the responsible visitor. 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 Tour does not operate on Sunday, on 25th April, 8th and 25th December, 1st and 6th January; and in case of exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops) – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. Mobile vouchers accepted. For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTGOLDEN

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Skip the line: inside Doge's Palace, Golden Basilica and.... much more.

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! 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 savour 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. You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket! You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria. 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. Key details Meeting point: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade) Timetable:  every day at 10:45 AM (not available on Sunday) Duration: 2 hours  (20 minutes more for the demostration in St. Mark's Square) Languages: from April to October: English, French, Spanish and German every day - Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday The visit could be bilingual. Price: € 56 - Free under 6 years old The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to entry without waiting. Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).  Venice needs your help: Check the guide of the responsible visitor. 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. For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace and Golden Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! Comfortable shoes suggested – For the visit of Basilica proper clothing are required (no short or tank pops). The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. The tour does not operate on 8, 25 of December, 1, 6 of January, 25 april, 15 august and during the religious functions and in case exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St.Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide - For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.   REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTINSIDE  

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Walking Tour of Venice

ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE Have a walk outdoors (no entries) through the most characteristic and important places for the history 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. 20 minutes demonstration in St. Mark's Square Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - 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 - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping. 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. KEY DETAILS Meeting Point: ST. MARK’S SQUARE -  CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade). Please be the 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Departure time: Every day at 9:00 AM Duration: 1.30 hrs. approx (20 minutes more for demostration in St. Mark's Square) Languages: from April to October: English, French, Spanish, German: every day -  Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English every day - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The visit could be bilingual. Price: Adult € 25 - Child: FREE under 6 years TERMS & CONDITIONS This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Tour does not operate in case of exceptionally high tide and on 25th December and 1st January Comfortable shoes are suggested. Mobile voucher are accepted Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party   For General Conditions refers to our brochure "Discover Venice" REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTWALKING

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TOUR BYZANTINE VENICE

An essential tour for the understanding of Venice!! Have a walk outdoors (no entries) through the most historical and important places of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic focusing on the byzantine story! Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa - 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 - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping. After a bit of leisure 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 savour 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. 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. Key details Meeting point: Clock Tower in Saint Mark Square, near the exchange office (the white bulding with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Timetable: from Monday to Saturday at 9:00 PM Languages: From April to October: English, French, Spanish and German: from monday to saturday. Italian only saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English: from monday to saturday - French: tuesday, thursday and saturday-  Spanish: wednesday and saturday -  German: monday and friday. The visit could be bilingual. Price: € 46 per person - Free under 6 years Duration: 2.30 hour (with 20 minutes more for the demonstration in St. Mark's Square) 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. Tour does not operate on sunday, on 25th April, 8th and 25th December, 1st and 6th January; and in case of exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops) – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica:Prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St.Mark's Balisica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. Mobile vouchers accepted. For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTBYZANTIN  

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TOUR ABSOLUTE VENICE - Visit all Venice landmarks

ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE Travel with an experienced guide through the Serenissima Republic. Admire the Piazza San Marco with the history of the main monuments in this area including the Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. 1 hour of walking tour 1 hour guided tour at Doge's Palace 1 hour guided tour at the Golden Basilica 20 minutes for optional demonstration of glass blowing in St. Mark's Square Visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket Walking tour Walk trought Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (the “Pantheon” of Venice), the Great school of Charity before viewing Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre. Return to San Marco through the main shopping area, Mercerie. Move to the front of the entry line and take a guided tour through Doge’s Palace (the Palazzo Ducale). Doge's Palace guided tour The Palazzo Ducale 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. The Golden Basilica Instructions for Glass Craftman Demostration Follow a tour guide through St. Mark's Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. Learn about byzantine art and its religious background while taking a glimpse at the gold mosaics and marble floors. Glass Craftsman Demonstration 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. Special Ticket You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket. You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria. Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). KEY DETAILS Meeting Point: ST. MARK’ S SQUARE - CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning fo the tour. Departure time: From Monday to Saturday (Not available on Sunday) at 9:00AM  Duration: 3 hours and 30 min. approx. (20 minutes more for demonstration in St. Mark's Square) Languages: From April to October: English, French, Spanish and German: from monday to saturday. Italian only saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English: from monday to saturday - French: tuesday, thursday and saturday-  Spanish: wednesday and saturday -  German: monday and friday. The visit could be bilingual. Price: € 80 - Child: FREE under 6 years TRAVEL TIPS 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. Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops). For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace: Prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! Comfortable shoes suggested. Tour does not operate on sunday, on 8th and 25th december; 1st and 6th january, 25th April and 14th August and during religious celebrations. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. During some days of high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access to St.Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide. For general conditions refer to our brochure "Discover Venice". Mobile Vouchers are accepted REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTABSOLUTE

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