Guided Tour of the Ducal Venice

3 h
Walking Tours
difficulty Easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible
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Guided Tour of the Ducal Venice

This guided tour retraces the history of the Ducal Venice. You will discover the places of power of Venice and the main attractions in the historic centre with a professional tour guide. The rich itinerary will culminate in a guided tour into the interior of the Doge's Palace, icon of Venice.

Discover Venice following a thematic itinerary focused on the Doges and its palace
Visit the most picturesque districts in the historic centre: San Marco and Castello
Admire the magnificent Saint Mark’s Square and its monuments
Enter in the Doge's Palace without queuing and visit its sumptuous rooms
Explore the ancient prisons, through the famous Bridge of Sighs

With this guided tour you will explore Venice following the thematic thread of its history and its ducal origins. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, you can discover the places of power of the Doges, the highest authorities of the Republic of Venice. Also, you will have the great opportunity to visit the interior of the Doge’s Palace.

Join this tour to explore the centre of Venice and its attractions

You will meet your friendly, professional tour guide at the Saint Mark's Square and from there you will depart to discover some of the main landmarks of Venice. Walking through the picturesque alleys of the historic centre, you will admire some of the city's most famous attractions, such as the Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Doge's Palace, and you will learn a lot about those incredible monuments.
Then, the walking tour continues to the district of Castello, one of the most fascinating in all of Venice. You will stop from time to time to admire some points of interest, such as the Church of Santa Maria Formosa and the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, which is particularly significant for this themed route as it is the place in which are buried many of the Doges of Venice.

Discover the history and the origins of Ducal Venice

The tour will then continue to the San Marco district: here, you will walk through the maze of alley and canals, visiting places such as the house of Marco Polo, the famous Venetian explorer whose history is intertwined with that of the Doges, and the Malibran Theatre.
This first part of the tour will end in the Saint Mark’s Square (in Italian “Piazza San Marco”), which you will reach across the path of Mercerie, one of the best shopping areas in Venice. Then, you will head toward the Doge's Palace to start the second part of the tour: thanks to our skip-the-line tickets you can enter the Palace avoiding long queues!

Visit the Doge's Palace in Venice, a masterpiece of Venetian architecture

Accompanied by your professional tour guide you will visit the interior of the Doge's Palace, the centre of power of the Republic of Venice, to learn about the history of the ducal families and Venice itself. You will have the opportunity to admire the monumental Staircase of the Giants and the Golden Staircase, as well as the sumptuous rooms, embellished with works by artists such as Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese.
This incredible tour also includes a visit to the prisons of the Ducal Palace, accessible through the famous Bridge of Sighs: crossing this bridge is a unique eXPerience that will enrich this theme itinerary. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the history of Venice in the most exciting possible way.

  • Saint Mark's Square
  • Church of Santa Maria Formosa
  • Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • Marco Polo's House
  • Malibran Theatre
  • Mercerie (shopping street)
  • Doge's Palace (interior)
  • Guided visit of the Venice centre
  • Guided visit into the Doge's Palace
  • Entrance skip-the-line tickets
  • Professional tour guide
  • Tips (optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


The first part of the tour will take place entirely outdoor, as the attractions and the monuments are visited only from the outside. The second part of the tour, however, will be a guided tour to the interior of the Doge's Palace.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. In the summer, bring a bottle of water; in the winter, bring an umbrella.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking. You will receive a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.

Reviews of Guided Tour of the Ducal Venice...

Reviewed by philipsmith from Regno Unito

Woderful Venice

Venice is a place quite unique in the world and well worth a visit if only for a day. The port of Venice is on its northern boundary making access to the city simple if you are combining your visit with a cruise elsewhere and it is small enough to get round very easily either by foot or gondola (if you have a few extra euros to spare?) St Marks square is a must, but somewhat busy understandable and look into the shops in the tight back street where face masks are of great interest.