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Original Venice Walk & Doge's Palace

An amazing private Venice walking tour taking you around the highlights of the floating city and to see the beautiful Doge’s Palace.

  • Explore St Mark’s Square, once the epicentre of the wealthiest and most powerful city in Europe
  • See the splendor of St Mark’s Basilica, encompassing a millennium of illustrious history
  • Hear about the struggles to save this city from slowly disappearing beneath the dazzling waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • Experience what “La Serenissima” signifies, and has signified, to Venetians throughout the centuries
  • Step in the footsteps of the condemned and take in the splendid views of the aptly-named Bridge of Sighs
  • Experience the pomp and pageantry of the magnificent Doges and hear about their outlandish lifestyles
  • Enter the Doge’s Palace, embodying one of the grandest propaganda campaigns ever seen in history
  • Hear how the Doges masterminded one of the biggest tragedies in the history of western culture – then profited from it

Tour Details

 

Includes: Quality guide, entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica* and the Doges’ Palace, headphone audio systems when required.

Excludes: Optional gratuities

Meeting point: Under the portico, at the foot of the stairs at the Correr Museum’s entrance. This is just off St Mark’s square between shops 77 and 78, under the arches on the opposite side of the square to that of the Basilica.

Please note: Knees, backs and shoulders must be covered for church entry. No backpacks allowed. *At times, St Mark’s Basilica is closed for religious ceremonies, on occasion without prior announcement. In these instances, the tour will proceed without entering into the Basilica.

Meeting Point

In front of the Correr Museum entrance, under the “Portico” at the base of the stairs, just off St. Mark’s Square.

FAQ's

We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

Reviews

3 reviews for Original Venice Walk & Doge’s Palace

  1. Kirk Hummel

    Excellent guide and very outgoing and fun to be with. He had historically information for everything related to the Doge’s Palace and many stories came to life with his tales. We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour!

  2. Laurie

    We learned so much about the history of Venice on this fantastic tour. Highly recommend!

  3. Linda Hudes

    Alessandro guided us thru San Marco etc on 9/24/22. He is the most outstanding guide we have ever had. His historic knowledge enriched our experience every step of the way. He imparted his vast knowledge to us which will last a lifetime.

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Price per person depends on the size of your private group

495,00

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