San Marco square classic tour

A 3 hour guided tour that focuses the magnificent buildings where Venice Republic administrated its political, administrative and religious life. Including the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Prisons and the Basilica of St. Mark interiors, where we will skip the lines.

Experience an in-depth exploration of Venice’s most iconic historical sites. Join us in San Marco square for a classic tour to explore its magnificent historical buildings both inside and out. Together we’ll uncover the interiors of the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, The Prisons, and St. Mark’s Church over the course of a three hour guided tour. We’ll make sure by the end you’ll know these buildings inside out, and won’t leave a stone unturned.  

San Marco square classic tour

To celebrate every aspect of the city, nearly every great Venetian work of art and architecture is in some way a celebration of the beauty, the power and the magnificence of Venice. Saint Mark’s square, the political centre, represents all this. It was intended to express the great influence and importance  of the capital of the Venetian empire. Join us then in the Ducal Palace and Saint Mark’s Church and learn about 1200 years of the civil, religious, and cultural institutions that have made Venice one of the great powers of Europe.

We’ll start visiting the Doge’s Palace, the former abode of the chief of State, siege of the Venetian Government and courts of Justice, with an amazing showcase of art where Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese left their marks. Included in the Palace tour are the private apartments of the Duke, the State Rooms, the Bridge of Sighs and the old prison.

Later we’ll enter the basilica of Saint Mark, for centuries the church of the State which upheld the cult of the patron saint, displaying some 8400 sq meters of mosaics and a unique example of Byzantine architecture. Venetians decorated the wall surface with some 42 kinds of marble including the slabs brought after the siege and sack of Constaninople of 1204. If time is left you’ll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in the first public library.

After we’ll stroll through the square and tell you about the other monuments and the rituals that took place in this open space when Venice was an independent State. Although after Napoleon ended the glorious days of Venice, from the 1800s the square became an icon of travel to the city for generations of visitors.  

All that’s important about Venice can be easily grasped in the premises of what has become the piazza par excellence, making this San Marco square classic tour an all time favourite for newcomers.

Highlights: St. Mark square, interior of Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Prisons and Basilica of St. Mark


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