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The Power and the Glory: Piazza San Marco

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 buildings 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.

Additional costs (per person): Entrance to Doge’s Palace (€ 19/€ 12 reduction). Priority entrance to the basilica (€ 1,5): this service takes place between April and October and saves you from waiting in long lines.

Notes: Possible delays in case of acqua alta. 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 prison of Giacomo Casanova can be included in the tour, but must be booked well in advance and increase the cost of the ticket (€ 20/€ 14 reduction).

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