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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The Doge's Palace (skip the line) and entrance ticket to old Royal Palace!

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 of glass making demostration in St.Mark's Square included 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! The ticket for the Palace is included in the tour price and will allow you to entry without waiting. 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). 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). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Timetable: every day at 10:45 AM. Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Only from April to October also at 2:15 PM (only English). Availability: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The tour does not operate 25th December - 1st January - 16th, 23th February and in case of exceptional high tide. Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes Languages, 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.  Inclusion: Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line” Doge’s Palace  – Audio receiver devices are included 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) Price: € 36 - Free under 6 years old - From 1st April: € 42 - per person - Free under 6 years old Sale: Free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded). TERMS & CONDITIONS This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.  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). Mobile vouchers accepted The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party  HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT:   ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO  Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. ARRIVING ON FOOT The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTDOGESP

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The Golden basilica: skip the line

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: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Timetable:  every day at 12:00 AM (not available on Sunday). Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Availability: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The tour does not operate on 25th April – 15th August – 1st November – 8th and 25th December – 1st and 6th January and 16th,23th February and during unplanned religious celebrations. Duration: 1 hour (20 minutes more for the Glass craftsman at work in St. Mark's Square) Languages, the visit is monolingual: from April to October: English, French, Spanish and German every day - Italian only on Saturday. 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 Inclusion: shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line”: The Basilica and Pala D’Oro guided tour – Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square Price: € 25 - Free under 6 years old - From 1st April: € 27 per person - Free under 6 years old Sale: Free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded). 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.  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 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”. HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO  Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.   ARRIVING ON FOOT The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTGOLDEN

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Inside Venice - The doge's Palace (skip the line) + The golden Basilica (skip the line) and entrance ticket to old Royal palace!

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). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Timetable:  From Monday to Saturday at 10:45 AM (not available on Sunday). Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Availability: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The tour does not operate on 25th April – 15th August – 1st November – 8th and 25th December – 1st and 6th January and 16th 23th February and during unplanned religious celebrations. Duration: 2 hours (20 minutes more for the Glass craftsman at work in St. Mark's Square) Languages is monolingual: from April to October: English, French, Spanish and German every day - Italian only on Saturday.  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. Inclusion: shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line”: Doge’s Palace, The Basilica and Pala D’oro guided tour – Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – 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) – Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square Price: € 56 - Free under 6 years old - From 1st April: € 65 per person - Free under 6 years old Sale: Free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases 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. 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. 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”. HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO  Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. ARRIVING ON FOOT The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. 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 blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Timetable:  every day at 09:00 AM. Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Availability: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The tour does not operate 25th December - 1st January - 16th, 23th February and in case of exceptional high tide. Duration: 1 hours and 30 minutes Languages (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.  Inclusion: Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line” Doge’s Palace  – Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square Price: € 25 - Free under 6 years old - From 1st April: € 26 - per person - Free under 6 years old Sale: Free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded). TERMS & CONDITIONS This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes are suggested. Mobile voucher are accepted 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" HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO  Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.   ARRIVING ON FOOT The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTWALKING

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