Best of Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. What to do in Venice? Join us for a guided walking tour of Venice, with skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.
Our Best of Venice tour is perfect for visitors who only have a limited time in Venice or those who want to get the main sights done and dusted early to leave time to explore more off – the-beaten-track sites. With a few less anticipated gems thrown into the mix, this trip brings in all the highlights of Venice on foot. We cut out waiting time with Skip the Line access so you can spend more time exploring and less time queuing and enabling your devoted guide to readily whisk you from one highlight in Venice to the next.
We’re going to make our first stop at one of these highlights. The Rialto Bridge is a favorite of many- a vast marble beauty that went far beyond its budget, yet when the sunlight dances on its smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, every penny is worth it.
Just as we began with a pop, we’re going to end our trip with a bang and visit Piazza San Marco-Venice’s number one sight. We will stand in front of the impressive Doge’s Palace where Casanova was kept in an attic prison before he managed to flee from Venice’s renowned lover and writer.
Then it’s on to the main event, the amazing St. Mark’s Basil. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the places where Eastern architecture and Western design have mixed together to produce an onion dome structure that could only have been produced in Venice. In a rare extended basilica tour you will hear about the illegal arrival of St. Mark’s remains here and see all kinds of treasures, molded in this very city or plundered during the crusades. For views over the piazza below, where string quartets play, we will visit the basilica’s second level, and waiters bustle around piazza-side cafes.
Finally, we’re going to have the Doge’s Palace complete guided tour. Our palace trip visits all the finest attractions that are accessible to the public. Marvel at the ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto to demonstrate Justice presenting herself to the Doge while you think of all the feet that shuffled on the tiles on which you stand; the ambassadors were waiting nervously at this very place for an audience with the Doge in the Four Doors Hall.
Then there are the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time; in the Council Room, “Virtues of the Republic” was Veronese’s rosy outlook on the state of his nation, while in the Senate Hall, “The Triumph of Venice,” Tintoretto paid his dues on a high ceiling.
In the Council of Ten Chamber, your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece, as you marvel at Veronese’s Juno bestowing her gifts on Venice. This unassuming slot was where friends and enemies condemned each other in the form of accusations that were subsequently investigated and acted with fearful violence.
The trip finishes at Rialto Bridge.
Top attractions in Venice
Here are some top attractions in Venice you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in Venice worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.
Locally called Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace, Palace of the Duke), Doge’s Palace is a massive palace complex next to St. Mark’s Square and on a Venice canal, with ornate rooms,...
St. Mark's Basilica is an iconic church cathedral with gilded domes, located on the St. Mark’s Square. It is featuring opulent interior, myriad mosaics and a museum.
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is the main public square of Venice with many landmarks. It is favorite tourist hangout and photo opportunity area and great starting point to...
Venice and Italy travel guide
Venice is a capital of Veneto region in Italy and it is located in a lagoon in the north Adriatic Sea. It was also the capital of Republic of Venice, sovereign state that was ruling the region from 7th until...
Italy has it all: rich history, spectacular cultural heritage, great food, wonderful site seeing experiences, numerous world known landmarks, friendly people, affordable accommodation and easy transport from place to place.
Top hotels in Venice
Venice has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.
Offering luxurious rooms with antique furniture and fine fabrics, Hotel Metropole is set in a privileged place – 350 m from Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. The hotel boasts a...
Facing the Grand Canal of Venice and overlooking the Rialto Bridge, Hotel Al Ponte Antico provides lodging in a palace dating back to the 14th century. A daily breakfast is...
Located in the historic center of Venice, just 450 meters from Rialto Bridge, Hotel ai Cavalieri di Venezia is a 6-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. There is free WiFi...
Offering elegant rooms and suites as well as a good restaurant, Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel is housed in a 16th-century building overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice. In the courtyard...
Just a 2-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square in Venice, the Bauer Palazzo Hotel provides spacious, elegant rooms with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. It has a gourmet restaurant...
Overlooking the Grand Canal, Centurion Palace provides 5-star luxury in Venice, next to the Church of Santa Maria della Salute. Drinks are served at the private courtyard of the hotel.
Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Venice
The peak season for flights to Venice is February, March and October. The low season for purchasing tickets is June, July and August.
Venice is served by these airports: Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport. Direct flights to Venice are offered by 47 airlines. Most flights are with Ryanair. Direct flights from Venice, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, KLM and Air France from New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Venice ad Italy attractions and landmarks
Here are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in Venice and in Italy.