Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the busy cathedral with skip-the-ticket-line entry.
You’ll see the Pala d’Oro altarpiece in person before heading to the limited-access first-floor terrace. From here you’ll admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.
Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.
After this, cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links to the New Prisons. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals.
At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.