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Guided Tour of St. Marks Basilica with Priority Entry

Rated 4.3 out of 5.0 from 1972 reviews.
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1 hr
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Guided tour

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


  • Visit the crown jewel of Venice, St Mark's Basilica, one of the most visited sites in Venice!

  • Walk the length of this Basilica with a dedicated bilingual tour guide narrating interesting legends and detailing its rich history.

  • View masterpieces of the Byzantine art during your tour and gain seamless access to the Treasury.


  • Entrance to the Basilica.

  • Visit to the Basilica's terrace and St. Mark's Museum.

  • Shared guided tour with commentary.

  • Audio guide (in case the tour group exceeds 10 participants).

cancellation policy

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

ratings & reviews

2K Ratings
Delaval Armelle


Sep, 2023
A very nice visit to the Basilica of Saint Mark. Too bad time was so short, it was hard to dwell on all the details mentioned by the guide... who was very knowledgeable, but also very quick...
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Ascension Lastres Trujillo


Sep, 2023
We are very satisfied with the experience. We would especially like to mention the work of our guide in French. She was great and provided us with a lot of interesting information. We had a problem at the beginning because we did not know that we had to validate the ticket we had from the internet and to find the validation point and meeting point with the guide we had to call by phone and we could not find the address because we confused Campo de S Zaccaria with the walk by the water with the vaporetto stations of Zaccaria. I think you should clearly indicate where the meeting and validation point is because for a foreigner it is not so clear. Everything went well in the end, but we suffered a bit at the beginning. We were lucky that when we called there was someone on the other end of the phone.
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GROS Sylvie


Sep, 2023
The guide was really good. BUT the meeting point was not the one indicated by Vous, so we had to run to the other meeting point in order not to be late. Luckily we weren't the only ones. And the guide was really charming.
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Ayoul Grouvel


Sep, 2023
Well organized in a summer context with lots of tourists. Putting the basilica into perspective in the history of the period. Lots of interesting historical information Motivated and dynamic guide
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Joseph Barcellona


Sep, 2023
The guide was very informative and was very passionate about the history of the cathedral, which made the tour interesting. The ticketing system worked well and we had no problem with location or entry.

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.

Important Information

  • This tour will not be operational in case of exceptionally high tide or in case of religious functions (in both these cases the visit can be postponed or a refund will be provided).

  • This is not a private tour and is to be shared with other guests not belonging to the same part.

  • If there is a high turnout or for reasons of high tide or security problems, the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica may be slightly longer than expected. In such cases, please do line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.

  • Due to security reasons, you cannot enter the Basilica with luggage or big bags.


  • Mon to Sat: 10:45am

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.

Languages Available

From 3rd November to 25th December 2023

  • English: Mon to Sat

  • French: Tue, Thu & Sat

  • Spanish: Wed & Sat

  • German: Fri

From 26th December 2023 to 8th January 2023

  • English & French: Mon to Sat

  • Spanish: Wed & Sat

  • German: Fri

From 9th January to 10th February 2023

  • English: Mon to Sat

  • French: Tue, Thu & Sat

  • Spanish: Wed & Sat

  • German: Fri

From 11th February to 21st February 2023

  • English & French: Mon to Sat

  • Spanish: Wed & Sat

  • German: Fri

From 22nd February to 24th March 2023

  • English: Mon to Sat

  • French: Tue, Thu & Sat

  • Spanish: Wed & Sat

  • German: Fri

  • The visit is monolingual.

  • On Sunday, the visit will be done from the first floor of the Basilica with the visit to the terrace and the Saint mark’s Museum.

Blackout Dates

  • August 15th

  • November 1st

  • December 8th, 25th

  • January 1st, 6th

  • February 24th

  • April 18th, 25th

During unplanned religious celebrations or in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).

Dress Code

The Basilica is a house of worship and therefore, appropriate clothing is recommended (shorts and tank tops will not be allowed). Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


Photography and filming are prohibited inside the Basilica.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your tour guide.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

Meeting Point

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