Connected to St. Mark's is the Doge’s Palace, Venetian Gothic masterpiece and seat of Venetian power for over nine centuries. Your guide will discuss the political, legislative and judicial influences that led to the rise and fall of "La Serenissima" (Most Serene Venetian Republic). This massive structure and city landmark is an architectural tour de force with countless examples of the finest works of art and sculpture.
From the vast council chambers and opulently appointed apartments, we'll follow a staircase down to the Palace's interrogation rooms. A corridor brings us to the Bridge of Sighs, the most famous bridge in Venice. Constructed of white limestone, the Bridge of Sighs is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of bridge architecture in the world. Crossing the bridge, we'll find ourselves in the spartan prison cells of the "New Prison", which was designed to improve the living conditions of prisoners. We will leave it up to you to decide for yourself if it looks like much of an improvement.
Departures: 02:30 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Please remember to dress properly for St. Mark's Basilica. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Also, any size bag and/or backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica.
- This tour departs from St. Mark's Square for all passengers (cruise ship passengers and hotel guests). Please allow about 50 minutes to get from the cruise ship pier. If you're staying at a hotel, please consult with your hotel for transfer distance. More instructions will appear on your voucher.