Ducal Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge´s Palace

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MEETING POINT:
15 min before in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk.Children are free until 5 years, from 6 they pay the full ticket (document required).

PROGRAM:
9.00   Walking tour of Venice (1 h 30 min)
11.45 Doge's Palace tour (1 h 15 min)

• Check-in is 15 minutes prior to booked tour start time
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• Backpacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace
It is your responsibility to be at the meeting point punctually.
Late arrivals, no shows, NO REFUND!

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

Requirements

• Meeting point 15 min before
• This tour is not suitable if you have limited mobility
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• This tour operates rain or shine
• Backpacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace

 

Description:

After meeting with your professional guide, you will begin your fascinating tour of the most characteristic places in Saint Mark's Square, focusing on the history and architecture of St. Mark's Basilica and the Renaissance-era clock tower.

You will leave the square and head to the Castello area, strolling through its labyrinth of narrow alleys, bridges, winding canals, and picturesque squares.
You will see campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice, along with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, campo SS Giovanni and Paolo (where several dukes doges lie buried in the church). You will also encounter the equestrian monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary captain, as well as the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant of all time.

After this 1.5-hour walk, you will head to the Doge's Palace, once the seat of power of the Republic of Venice, for a 1-hour guided tour.
Once inside the Palace, you can wander the halls where the duke and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, while surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces detailing the political history of Venice and its people.
Admire paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto.
You can also pass through the famous Bridge of Sighs, and see the new prison.

Your guided tour concludes in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, however you can linger in the Palace if you like, absorbing the history and mystery of days gone by.

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