Splendors (and secrets) of St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
Visit of the Doge’s palace and Saint Mark’s basilica
The basilica of Saint Mark and the Doge’s palace were for centuries the political and religious core of Venice.
The visit of the Doge’s palace and Saint Mark’s basilica allows you to admire the splendor of Venice, in an original beautiful and curious visit of the most important buildings of Venice.
You will visit St. Mark’s Square, the ancient political and religious center of the city. You will see the bell tower, the clock tower, the Royal Palace, the Doge’s palace and the basilica of St. Mark’s.
The basilica of Saint Mark is an extraordinary architecture with precious marbles and 8000 square meters of golden mosaics, the Doge’s Palace is an amazing building rich in paintings, statues, golden decorations . The itinerary include the bridge of sighs and the old prison of Venice.
It is suggested to buy the skip-the-line service for the basilica in advance and the Doge’s Palace during the high season. Duration 3 hours.
The secrets of the Doge’s Palace: men, women and history
This is a curious itinerary to discover the secrets of the Doge’s Palace: the itinerary is led through the regular itinerary, but the focus is on the secrets and sometimes dramatic history of men and women: the Doges and their wifes, the artists that worked in the Doge’s palace, the hall of the Council of X, their secret documents, the famous prisoners, the history of Giacomo Casanova in the prison. You will learn the story of his daring escape that was told by him in a book, as well as the surprising histories of the Venetian painters facing the Inquisition.
The visit will have a particular focus also on the armory, the bridge of sighs and the prison of the sixteenth century.
Duration 2 hours
The secret itinerary of the Doge’s palace
This tour will lead you to discover the hidden parts of the Doge’s Palace the impressive and cramped 16th Century prisons, the torture room, the ducal chancellery, the hall of the Heads of the Council of X and the prisons of Giacomo Casanova where you will learn the story of his daring escape that was told by him in a book. With the visit of the secret itineraries of the Doge’s Palace you will learn the surprising histories of the Venetian painters facing the Inquisition In these rooms you can admire some paintings of Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto and Giambattista Ponchino. The visit includes also the itinerary through the main rooms, where the political life of the city took place, the Bridge of Sighs and the new prisons.
Duration 2 hours
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