Venice was the capital of an independent state for almost a thousand years: its rulers used their power and wealth to increase the city’s prestige. In this itinerary you will visit two of the most important monuments in Venice: the basilica of San Marco, which, with the splendor if its gleaming mosaics, was the symbol of Venetian power; and the Doge’s palace, which was the center of old Venetian political life. We will also describe the magnificent buildings around the square before taking a break in one of the oldest cafés in Italy.

Notes: Possible delays in case of acqua alta (high water). Saint Mark’s basilica is closed on Sunday mornings and on public holidays.

Secret Itineraries Tour: Visits to the intelligence bureaus, the torture room and the cell of Giacomo Casanova can be included in the tour, but must be booked well in advance.
The visit of the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons is always included in the itinerary.

Main sites

  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Rialto bridge


  • 3 hours

Additional costs

  • Entrance to Doge’s Palace
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica