Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica
The history of Venice is filled with political intrigue and cultural depth. On this three-hour tour you’ll visit the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, two awe-inspiring buildings that are lined with ornate decoration. Your tour guide will offer a wealth of information about the history of Renaissance-era Venice; don’t miss out on this chance to learn about one of Europe’s legendary centers of power.
The Ventian Experience
The city of Venice has one of the most fascinating histories in all of Italy, as it stood alone as the Republic of Venice for more than ten centuries. The two prominent centers of power from that period in Venice stand connected to each other in St. Mark’s Square: the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. These buildings are awe-inspiring due to their opulent designs and enthralling histories, and your knowledgeable tour guide will tell you about both over the course of this three-hour tour.
Built in 1340, the Doge’s Palace was the longstanding residence of the Republic’s supreme leader. It is one of the greatest examples of the Venetian Gothic style of architecture, and the interior walls are covered in magnificent frescoes. A prominent feature of this palace is the “Bridge of Sighs,” which connected the Doge’s Palace to the New Prisons; the bridge earned its famous name as it offered recently sentenced prisoners their last chance to glimpse the outside world before serving their term inside an enclosed cell.
St. Mark’s Basilica
While the art and architecture of the Doge’s Palace are impressive, they do not match the extravagant beauty of St. Mark’s Basilica, the head of the Roman Catholic church in Venice. Adjacent to the Doge’s Palace, this jaw-dropping building was constructed in the 11th century and is commonly referred to as the “Church of Gold” because of its stunning gold mosaics. One famous feature of the Basilica is the statue known as the “Horses of St. Mark’s,” which date back to the periods of Ancient Greece and Rome. Coveted by foreign leaders, the Horses of St. Mark’s were taken to Constantinople and Paris before returning to Venice for good in 1815.
Historic Venice Tour
While the magnificent sights of these two buildings are enough to get your attention, it’s their history that will keep you captivated for hours. For centuries, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace were the centers of political and religious power for the Republic of Venice. Each artistic detail is connected to a fact or story, and our guides will put their knowledge to work over the course of this enthralling tour.
A Premiere Venice Experience
Our tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica has been specifically curated to offer insightful information and powerful views of these beautiful buildings. Your expert guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about Venice’s deep history and the art and architecture of St. Mark’s Square. You couldn’t ask for a more exclusive experience in the city of canals.
This tour lasts for three full hours, beginning at 9:00AM.