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St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Head into the most visited site in Venice, St Mark's Basilica renowned for its Byzantine art and rich biblical importance.

Highlights

  • Discover St. Mark's Basilica on this concise guided tour with skip-the-line entry, ensuring an efficient exploration of this iconic landmark.

  • Gaze at golden mosaics and celestial chapels beneath the basilica's towering domes, and opt for an aerial view of Venice from its terrace.

  • Personalize your experience with expert guides fluent in English, Italian, German, French, or Spanish, and select between 45-minute or 1-hour tour options.

  • Explore the treasures of St. Mark's Museum, from intricate gold tesserae to royal fabrics like the Doge's red velvet.

Inclusions

  • 45-min or 1-hour guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry

  • Expert English, Italian, German, Spanish or French-speaking guide

  • Headsets for groups of 10+ people

  • Access to St. Mark's Museum (optional)

  • Access to the basilica terraces (optional)

Exclusions

  • Access to the Pala D'Oro

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, France, United Kingdom and over 40 countries have loved this experience
Adriana Arredondo Vallejo

Adriana

4/5

May, 2024

They had said that the tour was a gondola with a person who was going to explain the places we were passing by, while in the other gondolas we were going to listen with headphones. But the guide did not get on, so during the gondola ride we had no explanation.
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Sebastien Tangre

Sebastien

5/5

May, 2024

Magnificent site, smooth tour, friendly guide. Beware, however, that it's impossible to see everything in 1 hour. Some upstairs rooms are not visited. Take advantage of the time left inside after the tour to continue exploring.
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Richard Bossom

Richard

4/5

May, 2024

We had a very informative guide, who knew her history of St Marks and was able to tell us about it in good English. She also kept track of overyone in the group and made sure that we all stayed together.
Michael Speedling

Michael

5/5

May, 2024

Guide was very informative and helpful. Only problem was audio cut out for all participants three times due to guide's cable malfunction.
Christopher Patrick Keating

Christopher

5/5

May, 2024

The venue itself was absolutely amazing! I also thought that the tickets were very reasonably priced, the website is very easy to use, and everything works exactly as it should. A very positive experience and we will definitely be using you again, both when we come to Venice, and two other cities! Chris K

This guided tour of St Mark's Basilica will be nothing short of exhilarating. Indulge in the seamless synthesis of Venetian art with unique Byzantine and Romanesque elements in the form of gleaming golden mosaics, marble inlays, and precious pearls and stones.

From Monday to Saturday, the basilica guided tour includes a visit to the Terrace, where you will find the Horses of Saint Mark. Dating back to classical antiquity, these horses, also known as the Triumphal Quadriga, are a set of Byzantine bronze statues, originally part of a monument depicting a quadriga (a four-horse carriage used for chariot racing). At St. Mark’s Museum, you can admire objects of various kinds and origins belonging to the Basilica. The tour begins from the ground floor, and you will get to see the gold mosaics (the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone!). On Sundays, feast days, and in case of unplanned religious celebrations, the tour foresees the visit with direct access to the Terrace and to St. Mark's Museum situated on the first floor. On festivity days, the Holy Mass takes place on the ground floor, and it is possible to admire the mosaics partially from the first floor.

What's not allowed

  • Strict dress code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.

  • Keep your camera tucked away – photography is strictly not allowed at the venue.

Accessibility

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

  • A ramp is available at the Porta del Fiori (Door of Flowers) entrance on the left-hand side of the basilica.

  • The Museum on the upper floor of the basilica is served by both a lift and stair lifts.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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