La Serenissima: St. Mark’s Basilica Skip the Line & Doge’s Palace

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La Serenissima: St. Mark’s Basilica Skip the Line & Doge’s Palace Tour Duration 3 hours
La Serenissima: St. Mark’s Basilica Skip the Line & Doge’s Palace Tour Mode Walking
La Serenissima: St. Mark’s Basilica Skip the Line & Doge’s Palace Price Contact

La Serenissima Tour: The Best of St Mark’s Basilica & the Doge’s Palace

The St.Mark’s Basilica skip the line tour begins in the breath-taking Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), with its iconic bell tower and elegant colonnades on three sides.

Tour Description

The square is so famous that Napoleon is said to have called it the ‘drawing room of Europe’, and is home to the Basilica San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica), renowned for its Italian-Byzantine architecture.

Your guide will lead you inside this Gothic masterpiece (in the St.Mark’s Basilica skip the line entrance), which was originally the private chapel of the Doge and meant to house the supposed relics of St. Mark the Evangelist.

The final stop on this seminal tour is the Doge’s Palace, found to the right of St. Mark’s, and distinguished by its white and rose-coloured herringbone brick façade and highly stylised Gothic white stone arches that lend it a uniquely Venetian flavour.

The building served as the centre of governmental power and was the Doge’s residence until the Napoleonic invasion of 1797.

Sites Visited

  • St.Mark’s Square
  • St.Mark’s Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace

Itinerary Details

The tour runs for 3 hours

Meeting Point: For this tour we tend to customise the meeting point. If not, our meeting point is St.Mark’s Square between the two columns

La Serenissima Tour runs rain, hail and shine

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Who will be my guide?

Giorgia tour guide Venice Luxe Associates Travel

Giorgia will be your licensed guide.

“I feel so lucky being a tour guide: it is the job I had dreamt about since teenage, perfectly mixing my two greatest passions at University: Art history and Foreign Languages!

Venice is filled with fascinating details and traces of the past. To me, it feels like a gigantic “time machine” where every tour magically turns into a journey back in time: can’t wait to show you around it!”

Why tour with Luxe Associates Travel?

  • Private guided tours
  • Skip the line tickets and exclusive entrances
  • 10 hours of customised itinerary planning included perfectly designed for you
  • Licensed and experienced guides only, reputable staff cohesive with our brand
  • Sustainable tourism and responsible planning
  • Family oriented
  • Focus on memorable experiences