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Venice: Early Entrance Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

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Slip into the world of the Venetian elite on a guided tour of the Doge's Palace without the crowds. Skip the lines to the iconic St. Mark's Basilica before admiring Venice from above at the terrace.


  • Glimpse into the world of the Venetian elite as you explore the Doge's Palace
  • Roam the halls of the Doge's Palace before the crowds with a before-hours ticket
  • Follow your guide across the Bridge of Sighs and discover its tragic origins
  • Admire the dramatic views of Piazza San Marco from St. Mark's Basilica's terrace
  • Delve into the history behind these symbolic Venetian landmarks with your guide


Step inside the Doge's Palace before it opens to the public and skip the lines at the stunning St. Mark's Basilica. Embark on a guided tour of these Venetian landmarks before soaking up the panoramic views of Venice from the Basilica's terrace. Begin your guided tour with an early visit to the Doge's Palace. Wander through this immense building without the usual crowds and marvel at the Giants' Staircase and paintings by Paolo Veronese. Watch how the morning light changes inside this elegant marble-and-gold palace. Make your way onto the Bridge of Sighs. Walk in the footsteps of historic prisoners being marched to their fate and hear about the anguish and torment that gave the bridge its poetic name. Continue to St. Mark's Basilica and marvel at its intricate exterior, which has evolved over the centuries. Feel the ambiance at the stunning Piazza San Marco before bypassing the long lines to the Basilica with your fast-pass tickets. Once inside, gaze up at the spectacular complex of gold-covered domes and arches towering overhead. Glance down at the intricate 11th-century flooring with its geometric animal motifs and learn about the basilica's history as a symbol of Venice. Finally, climb the stairs to the terrace and be greeted with breathtaking views across Venice. Finish your tour by admiring iconic city landmarks from above, such as Piazza San Marco, the island of San Giorgio, the Campanile, and the Clock Tower.


Before-hours ticket to Doge’s Palace Skip-the-line ticket to St. Mark’s Basilica Access to St. Mark's Basilica's terrace Guide Headsets

Important Information

  • Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees to enter St. Mark's Basilica

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