Inside Venice

Inside Venice

45 €

St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace: the shrine of gold, God and glory, and the pomp of power

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Part one

Cultural visit to the interiors of the Doge’s Palace and access to the Prisons through the Bridge of Sighs

We enter the Doge’s Palace, the highest achievement of Gothic architecture in Venice, through the  Porta del Frumento (Corn Door) on the waterfront. The monumental complex was the symbol and center of the political and administrative life of the Serenissima. At once the Doge’s residence, seat of government and court of justice and prisons, the Palace was for centuries the symbol of the wealth and power of the Venetian Republic.


  • Enter the Doge’s Palace and the inner courtyard surrounded by the four monumental facades. Ascend to the first floor through the spectacular Giants’s Staircase flanked by the huge marble statues of Mars and Neptune by Jacopo Sansovino
  • See the impressive halls and the magnificent Sala del Maggior Consiglio, the hall where the Major Council met
  • Through the adjoining Bridge of Sighs cross into the bleak cells of the Prison Building

    Part two

    Visit to the interior of the St. Mark’s Basilica and its priceless treasures

    The greatness of Venice has always been reflected in the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica, the perfect synthesis of Venetian art and a unique blend of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements. Five Oriental-looking domes crown the shadowy, mysterious interior gleaming with golden mosaics, coloured marbles, precious stones and pearls, and guarded by the four gilded bronze horses that stand proudly atop the central entrance. The glittering mosaics of the interior tell the story of St. Mark and episodes from the Bible. Its most famous treasure stands behind the altar in the sanctuary – the Pala d’Oro, a golden altar screen encrusted with jewels.


  • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica  through the St. Peter’s Door – no waiting lines!
  • Visit the Basilica interior and hear a detailed description of the gold mosaics
  • Admire the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro


    Approx. 2 hours




    Adults: 45.00 € per person
    3 € surcharge from April 1, 2014
    Children under 6:  free (reservation under Infant)


    Entrance fee to the Basilica for immediate access. No waiting lines!
    Seated explanation inside the BASILICA Entrance fee to the Doge’s Palace for immediate access.
    No waiting lines




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