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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.