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The beauty of its Gothic buildings and romance of its canals are just a few of the ways Venice charms travelers. However, its hype can often lead to crowds, especially in summer. Here’s how to make the most of your time in Venice with a skip-the-line tour.

Skip the Line at Doge’s Palace
Doge’s Palace, set inside St. Mark’s Square, was once the center of political life in ancient Venice. Today, hundreds gather to see the ornate interior and to walk the same Bridge of Sighs that prisoners walked for centuries. To avoid lines that often stretch around the square, opt for a guided tour of the palace that includes skip-the-line privileges.

Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica
Because of its setting in St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica is often combined with a tour of Doge’s Palace. You can skip the line at both attractions by booking a guided tour with fast-track entry or visit on an after-hours tour as another way to escape the crowds. Tour the crypt below the church, admire the famous mosaics, and experience the basilica’s golden magic without spending hours in line.

Skip the Line Combo Tours
While most tours of St. Mark’s Basilica are combined with Doge’s Palace, you can also combine skip-the-line tours to these two attractions with a walking tour, a gondola ride, or a cruise down the Grand Canal. Experience vintage Venice and make the most of your time in the city by waltzing right into its most visited sights without a wait.
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide BookAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book

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Well-suited to independent travelers, this do-it-yourself tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square includes a complimentary guidebook with handy background information on Venice’s most standout attractions. Beat the hours-long entrance lines with skip-the-line access, and tour the museums of San Marco at your own pace. Admission tickets also include entry to the Biblioteca Nazionale, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Museo Correr.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Skip the Line: Venice Accademia Galleries TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Venice Accademia Galleries Ticket

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Get your ticket in advance to visit the Accademia Galleries in Venice and avoid any lines at the entrance. See works of art by Italian masters like Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, and more, from the 14th through the 18th centuries.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures

VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks BasilicaAttraction Tickets

VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

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No visit to Venice is complete without taking in the Doge’s Palace, but this Gothic masterpiece has vast sections that most visitors never see. With this tour, enjoy VIP access behind the scenes to explore the palace’s secret archives, torture chambers, and attic prison cells with a guide. Afterwards, enter St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line tickets to admire the mosaics before taking a turn through St. Mark’s Square and past the Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Skip the Line: Classical Music Concert in Piazza San Marco TicketFamily-friendly Shows

Skip the Line: Classical Music Concert in Piazza San Marco Ticket

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A classical music concert is a relaxing way to cap off a day of sightseeing in Venice. At Doge's Palace, one of the main landmarks in Venice, listen to some of Venice's best classical musicians and opera singers perform a repertoire featuring music from Mozart's time to the 20th century. Concert music varies nightly, so choose the repertoire most appealing to you.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Teatro La Fenice Tour in VeniceTheaters

Teatro La Fenice Tour in Venice

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Step back in time to the golden age of Italian opera with this guided tour of Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Learn the history and legends of this decadent Baroque opera house, which was once the heart of Venetian high society and hosted performances by masterful maestros like Verdi, Rossini and Bellini.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco guided tourAttraction Tickets

Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco guided tour

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Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice without having to wait in line on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of Doge’s Palace, explore the palaces and museums of St. Mark’s Square at your own pace, then enjoy an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Skip the Line Correr Museum Private TourAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line Correr Museum Private Tour

Delve into the opulent history and culture of Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour of the Correr Museum. Explore highlights of the illustrious collection featuring artwork by Bellini, El Greco, Carpaccio, and other European masters, and feel the former grandeur of the city while strolling through lush apartments filled with period decor, costumes, and historical navigation tools. A private guide provides personalized attention and expert insight to make the most of your visit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Museum Private TourAttraction Tickets

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

Explore one of Europe’s foremost museums of modern art at your own pace and see masterpieces from art styles such as Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Created by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, the collection was originally put on for the 1st post-war Venice Biennale. The following year, Peggy acquired the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished 18th century palace on the Grand Canal. The collection was assembled with the help of distinguished artists and critics, such as Marcel Duchamp, Herbert Read, Nellie van Doesburg and Howard Putzel. Explore the museum on your own to find art by Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Calder and many other avant-garde artists. Take a stroll in the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden to see works by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Fazzini, Giacometti, Holzer, Minguzzi, Mirko, Merz, Moore, Richier, Burri, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Rothko, Oldenburg, Stella, Twombly, Warhol and Kapoor.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tastingSkip-the-Line Tours

Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Save precious time and make the most of a visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour that lets you bypass the long queue and head right inside the Gothic centerpiece of St. Mark's Square. Admire Renaissance masterpieces as a guide describes the political intrigue and scandals that took place inside majestic halls and the notorious palace prison. After the tour, raise a glass to Venice’s rich winemaking heritage with a tasting and appetizers at a cozy wine parlor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Murano Glass MuseumAttraction Tickets

The Murano Glass Museum

The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 when the darkest period in the history of Murano glassmaking had been overcome, following the fall of the Republic of San Marco (1797) and the subsequent years of foreign rule. The Murano Glass Museum collection is laid out chronologically on the first floor of the museum. Starting from an archaeological section on the ground floor, which contains noteworthy Roman works dating from the 1st to the 3rd century AD, it follows to the largest historical collection of Murano glass in the world, with pieces dating from the 15th to the 20th century, many of them world-famous masterpieces.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo:Center of the History of Textile, Costume and PerfumeAttraction Tickets

Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo:Center of the History of Textile, Costume and Perfume

Patrician residence in San Stae, housing valuable eighteenth-century furnishing and paintings. The palazzo is the home of the Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume (Centre for the Study of the History of Textiles and Clothing), and holds rich, complex collections coming from diverse sources. Among them, the museum displays a selection of rare pieces – fabrics and outfits, including original, sumptuous eighteenth-century dresses – of special importance. The dresses and accessories on display, which are for the most part of Venetian origin, were made with textured fabrics and often embellished with embroidery and lace, standing as excellent testimony to the skills of the large group of artisans (weavers, tailors, lace-makers, embroiderers, etc.) who contributed to creating the refined and luxurious elegance for which the Venetians were famed at the time.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Venice Carnival: The Carnival Experience with CasanovaTheaters

Venice Carnival: The Carnival Experience with Casanova

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Immerse yourself in the culture of the Venetian Carnival with this exclusive experience held in a historic venue. Receive your own carnival mask to wear as you join in with dancing, listen to live music, and taste traditional Venetian sweets accompanied by Prosecco.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Venice Carnival: walking Theatre Show - Venice SecretTheaters

Venice Carnival: walking Theatre Show - Venice Secret

When visiting Venice during Carnival, break away from the crowds and explore the city’s rich past in an unusual way with a traveling performance. A costumed actor from the renowned Pantakin company brings to life the medieval traditions of the ‘Codega,’ leading visitors on an entertaining walking route through the city’s backstreets and legends.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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