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Venice Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo Tours

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Venice Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Burial place of 25 Venetian doges and one of the largest churches in Italy, the Italian Gothic–style Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is among the most important churches in the city. Known as San Zanipolo to locals, it is home to works by Bellini, Veronese, and two generations of Lombardo sculptors.

The Basics
The Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is a highlight of Venice’s Castello district, the largest of the city’s six central districts (sestieri). Built in the 14th century, the basilica is the most important Dominican church in the city. It was the setting for every Venetian doge’s funeral from the 15th century on and is decorated with a number of works by important Italian and Venetian artists. 

Visit the basilica as part of a Venice highlights walking tour that includes other district attractions such as the Basilica di San Pietro di Castello, the Arsenale and Naval Museum (Museo Storico Navale), and the Biennale Gardens (Giardini della Biennale). Many small-group and private Venice tours also include a gondola ride and skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica San Marco) and the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Venice tours that include a stop at the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo require a significant amount of time on your feet, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Modest clothing covering shoulders and knees is required to enter the basilica.
  • There is a single low step at the basilica entrance, which may be a barrier for some wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is located in the Castello district, a short walk from the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) or St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco).

When to Get There
The best times of year to visit Venice’s highlights are early spring and late fall, when the high season summer crowds have left and the city is less crowded. The Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo is open daily all year round.

Highlights of the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
In addition to important works of art by notable painters and sculptors, the basilica is home to dozens of tombs, including those of Bellini (a number of whose paintings decorate the basilica), 25 Venetian doges, and the third Baron of Windsor, who died in Venice in 1574. The church is a minor basilica because it holds a relic of St. Catherine of Siena (one of her feet), still on display.
Address: Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, Castello 6363 30122, Italy
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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola Full-day Tours

Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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Explore the hidden corners of Venice on this walking tour and benefit from local knowledge. Stroll with a small group to the city square of Campo Santa Margherita, see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Then cross the Rialto Bridge and walk past the Marco Polo House to St. Mark's Square. Upgrade for a private tour.
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Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola RidePrivate and Luxury

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Experience quintessential Venice on this walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited for a personalized experience.
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola RideHistorical Tours

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Venice Express Walking TourHistorical Tours

Venice Express Walking Tour

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Venice Guided Walking tour Audio Guides

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Venice Morning Walking TourCultural Tours

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Venice is famous for its intricate Byzantine architecture—a style famously displayed in Saint Mark’s Square and the iconic Saint Mark’s Basilica. This excursions combines a guided walk through the square and adjacent Castello District with a skip-the-line tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica, so you can learn about Venice’s storied past and gain a well-rounded understanding of the city’s Byzantine history.
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Discover the best of Venice by and by water on a combo walking and gondola tour. Stroll through the charming squares and narrow backstreets of the historic city center with a guide, learning the fascinating history of the Venetian Republic along the way. Explore highlights of St. Mark's Square and other landmarks like Santa Maria Formosa church and the Mercerie, and then hop into a classic Venetian gondola for a 30-minute ride through the city's captivating canals.
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