St. Mark's Clocktower

St. Mark's Clocktower: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice: Morning Walking Tour

1. Venice: Morning Walking Tour

Explore Venice through its narrow calli (alleys) and encounter countless bridges and picturesque squares at the heart of the city's social scene. Follow a professional guide on an unforgettable journey through the history of the "Serenissima" and discover famous sites and hidden gems. Get an animated description of majestic St. Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco, and learn the function of the Doge's Palace. Hear about the ornate St. Mark's Clocktower and the 3 connected buildings of the Procuratie. Then, make your way to the Campo Santa Maria Formosa to see the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where all of the city's doges were buried after the 15th century. Go to the Scuola Grande di San Marco (“Great School of Charity”) to hear about the "Captains of Fortune," and then head back through the San Marco sestiere (district) to see the Teatro Malibran. Stroll down the famous Mercerie, the historic heart of commercial life in the city and now one of the main shopping streets of Venice between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco.

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

2. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

Venice: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Terraces Tour

3. Venice: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Terraces Tour

Discover the rich history of Venice on a 2-hour guided tour to visit the most prestigious attractions of the city: the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See artistic masterpieces and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the basilica’s terrace. After meeting your guide under the Clock Tower in St. Mark’s Square, start your tour with a visit to one of the most breath-taking buildings of Venice: the Doge’s Palace, the residence of the Doge and seat of local magistrates until the fall of the Serenissima, the Venetian Republic. Admire up-close the palace’s many extraordinary masterpieces like the Giants’ and the Golden Staircases and “The Paradise” canvas by the famous painter Jacopo Tintoretto. You will also cross the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons where, during the Serenissima, criminals were detained. Afterward, your guide will take you to St. Mark’s Museum located inside St. Mark’s Basilica and to the terrace, from where you will have the opportunity to admire St. Mark’s Square from above and take wonderful pictures.

Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour

Benefit from skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour. View impressive artworks, admire magnificent interiors, and discover the place that served as a seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Travel back in time to the Middle Ages as you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic. Marvel at the vast collection of masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. See the rich details of the golden staircase at the waterside entrance to the palace. Learn the history of the dukes of Venice as you wander around the lavish halls and corridors at your own pace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. After your visit, enjoy a complimentary admission ticket to the Correr Museum, the National Archeological Museum, and the Biblioteca Marciana on St. Mark's Square.

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

5. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

Venice: 4-Hour City Tour with Doge's Palace & Basilica Visit

6. Venice: 4-Hour City Tour with Doge's Palace & Basilica Visit

After leaving your centrally located meeting point, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance. You can expect to see the Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice complete with its church named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin. You will also experience the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges, and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary captain. You can also explore the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant. On your return to Saint Mark’s Square, you will be accompanied inside the Doge’s Palace where you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic. You will be surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire famous paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. Finally you will visit the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy. You will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere, whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building. This is the only tour with special authorization to be seated in the central nave inside the Basilica. Your 4-hour combined tour will then conclude outside the Basilica in Saint Mark's Square.  At the end of the tour have the opportunity to visit the Correr Museum with the same ticket.

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

7. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

8. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

A Perfect Day in Venice All-Inclusive Private Tour

9. A Perfect Day in Venice All-Inclusive Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive tour of Venice with a private guide, perfect for those with little time but who still want to make the most of their time in the city. Start on Saint Mark's Square for a perfect view of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, the private chapel of the dukes of Venice until the 19th century. Get privileged access, and bypass the (often long) lines to enter the grand basilica and enjoy up-close views of the golden mosaics. Take your time to explore the numerous treasures, before proceeding to the terrace for a spectacular panorama over the rooftops of the city. Next, learn about the political life of the Venetian Republic at the Doge’s Palace. Skip the long lines to travel through 7 centuries of history, as you see the palace prisons and court rooms. Your guide will share amazing stories as your walk through the private apartments and reception halls of the palace, including the Hall of the Great Council. Visit the prison where Casanova was once incarcerated, and see the gun room with its impressive collection of historic weapons. Stop on the Bridge of Sighs to see the last view of Venice that prisoners saw before they were locked in their cells. Your guide will then give recommendations for lunch, and after a short break, continue your tour in the labyrinth of small streets that make up the city center. Walk to the covered Rialto Bridge, and discover the house where Marco Polo once lived en route. Go to the Renaissance church of the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, and discover some of the city's hidden piazzas and streets. End your perfect day in Venice with a private gondola ride, and sit back and relax as you glide along the peaceful canals of “La Serenissima.”

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with City Walking Tour

10. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a city walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent golden interiors and collection of Byzantine art. Meet your guide and enter St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

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What people are saying about St. Mark's Clocktower

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,033 reviews

Our tour was very educational and beautiful! Our tour guide was patient, answered every question and very enthusiastic! She explained the art of the mosaic beautifully. We got to see the crypt of St. Mark as well as the pala d’ oro, a wonderful gem masterpiece in the 12th century. We went underground beneath the alter and saw possibly the originally stone of the church. The mosaics on the floor were one of the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen. Our tour guide had us imagine the times and helped you visualize what it took to make this beautiful basilica. From getting booty from the 4th crusades, to explaining the politics, religion and families that influence the church; the tour was simply amazing!

The Basillica and Doges tour was spectacular but skip the boat ride...

We really enjoyed the tour of the Basillica and Doges Palace. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. She was also very good at answering all our questions. The boat tour was another matter. I would not waste my time . The boat was small and unless you were willing to stand for the whole tour, the sight lines were miserable. The tour leader was very unpleasant and the entire time I was on the boat I wished it was over. So uncomfortable .

very good and funny

The guide, Elena, is excellent. His level of Spanish is very good and he told us very funny anecdotes and stories. As we were only 4 people, the attention was personalized, even the children enjoyed entering the basilica and the museum. In short, it was two hours that passed very quickly. I recommend it to everyone. Thank you Elena.

Fantastic Tour Guide

Marco was a great tour guide! He really knew his stuff! He was very informative, entertaining, and personable. He knows his Venitian and world history well, and it made the tour very enjoyable.

We enjoyed the story and the quizzes. A few were tricky but the hints got us through!