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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.

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

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

  • Get access to high altar retable of the Basilica di San Marco, the Pala d'Oro with an English or Spanish-speaking guide once you upgrade.

Inclusions

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

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

  • Headsets for groups of 10+ people

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

  • Access to the basilica terraces (optional)

  • Access to Pala d'Oro with a Spanish or English-speaking guide (optional)

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 46 countries have loved this experience
Edmund Huang

Edmund

5/5

Jul, 2024

Meeting spot was easy to find and the tour guide was friendly and organized. It was a difficult day since it was so hot and the location was extremely crowded but the tour was able to go through all of the key points without issue.
Marcela Medina

Marcela

3/5

Jul, 2024

Two things to improve, the headphones lost the signal at times and Estela's voice, very low, with the heat so exhausting, it made me sleepy.
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Malgorzata Miekus

Malgorzata

4/5

Jul, 2024

It was a good experience in overall however, would be great if the information such as covering shoulders before entering the basilica was mentioned on your booking website so you can be preperd beforehand and you wouldn't need to pay an extra money for the cover. Also, the IT equipment should be checked before the trip as ours wasn't working and it was very difficult to hear all the interesting information delivered by the guide.
Sally Watson

Sally

4/5

Jul, 2024

Our guide Mariam was very knowledgeable and told the stories really well and in an engaging way. As a geologist I found the information about the problems with the city sinking and water rising very interesting. The inside of the Basilica and the Pala D'Oro were spectacular.
Eric Mukes

Eric

5/5

Jul, 2024

Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She emphasized the most important aspects of the basilica, the line for entry for those not on a guided tour was so long and the weather was very hot. Worth the money and I highly recommend.

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.

  • Keep in mind luggage and large bags are not allowed on this experience. Pack wisely!

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 instantly.

  • 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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