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 Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco have been the heartbeat of the Republic of Venice for centuries. The guided tour of these two iconic places allows you to immerse yourself in the splendor of Venice, offering a journey through time enriched with information from my studies and curiosities.
You will visit St. Mark’s Square, the ancient political and religious center of the city. You will see also the bell tower, the clock tower, the Royal Palace, and the Basilica of San Marco, an architectural marvel at the crossroads of the East and the West with precious marbles and 8,000 square meters of golden mosaics. The Doge’s Palace is rich in paintings, statues, golden decorations, and prisons, making it a fundamental monument to understanding Venetian history.
The Doge’s Palace, rich in paintings, statues, and golden decorations, also houses the prisons, making it a fundamental monument to understand the history of Venice. The visit offers an immersion in the magnificence of these works of art and Venetian history.
A skip-the-line service is available to access St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, with an additional fee.
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.
The ticket for this itinerary must be purchased separately and in advance.
Duration 2 hours
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