Venice Masterclass: Doge Palace's And St. Mark's Basilica And Exclusive Terraces With Skip The Line Visit

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  • Duration: around 4h
  • Photos allowed
  • Local official guide
  • Visit of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

What to expect

  • Small group tour
  • Walking tour of Venice with an expert guide
  • Visit of St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace with skip-the-line access
  • Exclusive access to the secret passages of the Doge's Palace

Venice Masterclass


Venice Masterclass

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Venice Masterclass


Venice Masterclass: Doge Palace's And St. Mark's Basilica And Exclusive Terraces With Skip The Line Visit


Venice Masterclass: Doge Palace's And St. Mark's Basilica And Exclusive Terraces With Skip The Line Visit


Venice Masterclass: Doge Palace's And St. Mark's Basilica And Exclusive Terraces With Skip The Line Visit

Mystery and secret passages in Venice

Venice, a unique city of its kind, romantic but also full of history, secrets and mystery. This small group tour is the perfect way to let yourself be guided through the streets of the center, and discover fascinating details hidden in its buildings and churches. An expert local guide will be at your disposal for 3 hours to accompany you on your journey to discover this city.

Meet your guide directly in the worldwide known St. Mark’s Square, one of the most important squares in Italy, whose trapezoid architecture is designed to direct the viewer's attention to the center of it. In fact, on two long sides there are the buildings of the Procuratie (Old and New) which seem to culminate and frame the beautiful St. Mark’s Basilica.

This church is the cathedral of the city and is known for its oriental style highlighted by the Byzantine domes that surmount it. While entering the site with your dedicated skip the line access, the voice of your guide will explain to you how this is a sacred place rich in art and which still bears the marks of the centuries of history it has gone through. You will notice the beautiful contrast but also the perfect fusion between the white marbles of the exterior and the splendor of the interior mosaics which also earned it the nickname of "Golden Church".

Then your visit will continue to the Doge's Palace; despite its mighty size, it appears to the eyes a building with great elegance and lightness thanks to the thin inlaid columns that sustain it at the base.  This Gothic-style building was formerly a prison and then seat of the government and Doge’s residence, until today it houses the Civic Museum of Palazzo Ducale with masterpieces of Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and many others...

And we have arrived at the central and most intriguing part of our tour, the one in which you will have the extraordinary opportunity to visit the secret passages of the Palace, a part that is generally closed to the public but to which you will have the honor to access!

An interesting path that goes from the courtyard of the Palace to the Pozzi, terrible places of detention, to then move on to the Torture room, up to the famous Piombi where Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned. A real journey back in time and history that will end by walking over the famous Bridge of Sighs, so tragically called by the sighs of the condemned to death who passed through it.


"Power and mystery in Venice - discover the intriguing secrets of the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica on an exclusive tour.


From 1st April 2023, there will be a difference of 3 hours compared to the previous 4 hour time period.


Venice, mysterious and intriguing, is truly a unique city with great powers. It is one of the most fascinating and amazing cities in the world, captivating all who visit. Led by an Art Expert Guide, venture into the heart of Venice and discover its most significant political and religious landmarks. This exclusive visit offers a "masterclass level" experience of high quality, allowing you to explore authentically. The secrets and masterpieces of the House of Power, otherwise known as the Doge's Palace, and the Venetian-Byzantine domes that adorn the grandiose St. Mark's Basilica, the primary cathedral of the area, were but a few of the highlights of this stunning location. Additionally, carnival festivities can be enjoyed here. Get ready to experience firsthand the epicenter of religious authority in Venice: the Basilica of St. Marks. With our exclusive access to its terraces and skip-the-line privileges, our knowledgeable guide will lead you on a fascinating journey through this magnificent church. Behold its stunning polychrome domes and walls, adorned in marble, as you enter. Once inside, take in over 8000 square meters of awe-inspiring ceiling mosaics, some even boasting 24-carat gold leaf. This landmark is truly a site to behold. Our tour takes a unique twist with an exclusive visit to the iconic Doge's Palace, representing the political stronghold of Venice. This remarkable structure is composed of layers of intricate designs and decorations that span centuries, from the original foundations of the 14th and 15th century to the Renaissance and Mannerist additions that feature opulent styles, all hosting notable works of art from renowned painters including Titiano, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Veronese. A special addition to this spectacular experience is the grand ball of the Venice Carnival. First, you'll venture into the courtyard, then explore both the public and private noble regions of the Doge's abode. Experience the grandeur of ballrooms and the illustrious Great Councils hall before reaching the fascinating "Opera Museum". You will be awestruck by its incredible assortment of portraits featuring art from the Renaissances and Mannerisms periods, particularly the exemplary paintings from the "Venitian school" which includes the masterpieces of renowned painters like Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Admiring the famous bridge of sighs is an opportunity that you shouldn't miss. You can learn about the story behind its name as well. A highly specialized licensed history guide will lead you through the most comprehensive immersion into the art and history of the two most important political and religious landmarks of Venice, meant for art lovers only. This experience is a must-do when in Venice.

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  • Tour on foot that's led
  • - Guide who speaks English fluently, with legal certification - English-proficient examiner who is authorized to guide - Accredited guide with English proficiency - Legal English-speaking guide with license - An official English-speaking guide, with relevant documents
  • San Mark's Basilica entry without the hassle of standing in queue
  • The Doge's Palace - entry granted
  • Basilica of St Mark's tour
  • Local official guide
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line access to the Doge's Palace
  • Visit of the secret passages and prisons of the Doge's Palace

Meeting Point San Marco, 1, Venezia (VE)

St. Mark's Square: under the column with the lion on the top, in front of the Doge's Palace.

Clients are required to be at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Cancellation Policy

At least two days before the scheduled activity, clients can cancel and receive full credit or refund for their booking. The full price will be charged if you don't attend your scheduled activity.

To remember

We cannot wait to welcome you to the land of authentic products and unforgettable experiences.

Clients are kindly encouraged to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time.

We kindly request that you factor this into your travel plans. Regrettably, we are unable to accommodate any delays, no matter how brief, and we regret to inform you that failing to attend the experience will not qualify for a refund, including partial refunds.

Children and teenagers under 18 years of age should always be accompanied by at least one adult. In the event that this requirement is not met, we retain the right to exclude the underage participant, and unfortunately, no refund will be provided.

Please note that pets are not allowed on this tour.

The described itineraries may undergo slight modifications due to unforeseen operational requirements.

Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.
Shorts, big bags and liquid bottles will not be allowed inside the museums.
Even with the skip-the-line entrance, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the museum.

*Vegetarians and/or those suffering from intolerance and/or allergies are more than welcome: vegetarian and other alternative recipes are available and included (advance notice is appreciated).