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Skip The Line Guided Tour Of St Mark's Basilica

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Skip the line and head into the most visited site in Venice, St Mark's Basilica renowned for its Byzantine art and rich biblical importance. Also, get a free optional coupon for a visit to a Glass Factory near St. Mark’s square where you will see a glass craftsman at work.

Highlights

  • Jump the average 45-minute long queue outside St Mark's Basilica saving your time and energy.
  • Walk the length of this Basilica with a dedicated tour guide narrating interesting legends and detailing its the rich history.
  • View masterpieces of Byzantine art during your tour.
  • Gain seamless access to the Treasury and Pala d’Oro
  • Avail a free optional coupon to witness the famous Venetian glassblowing technique during a 20 minute demonstration near St. Mark's Square
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About St Mark's Basilica

A structure of Byzantine domes decked in gold ground mosaics and intricate designs, the St Mark's Basilica is a sight behold. It was built in the 9th century to bury the corpse of St Mark which was smuggled by Venetian merchants from Egypt. The original structure was burned down in 932 after which it was rebuilt to the resplendent structure is it today. Its new construction was a cosmopolitan version layered in white marbles from Middle Eastern countries, a Greek cross layout, rippled stonework arches and elements from Byzantine architecture. Due to the abundance of gold used in its architecture, it has earned the nickname Chiesa d'Oro (Church of gold) quite rightly.

Amongst this grandeur, the oldest mosaic on the facade dates back to 1270 and is showcased in the part of the mosaic story depicting St Mark's stolen body arriving at the Basilica. Another star attraction here is the gold altarpiece namely Pala d’Oro golden altar encrusted with over 2000 precious stones like emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, rubies, pearls and many others.

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Your Experience

St Mark’s Basilica is one of the most visited sites in Venice and our guided tour of this majestic cathedral 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.

With this ticket, you get seamless access to 2 otherwise restricted parts of the Basilica - The Pala d’Oro golden altar and The Treasury. While visually soaking in the opulence, seat yourself comfortably and hear our guide narrate interesting legends one after the other about the masterpieces surrounding you.

After the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to do the optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark’s square. Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally. This optional demonstration lasts for 20 minutes but could take longer than the scheduled time and we do not recommend participating if you have other reservations scheduled on the same day.

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Inclusions

  • Skip the Line entrance to the Basilica
  • Shared guided tour with commentary
  • Audio guide (in case the tour group exceeds 10 participants)
  • Coupon free of charge for an optional Glass Craftsman Demonstration.
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Exclusions

  • Guided tour in the Island of Murano
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Know Before You Go

Timings

Tour departs at 12 noon from Monday to Saturday (Not available on Sunday)

Languages Available

From 1st April to 31th October 2018:

  • English, German, Spanish and French tours are available every day.
  • Italian only on Saturdays. The visit is monolingual.

From 2nd November 2018 to 31st March 2019:

The visit could be bilingual.

English tours are available everyday. German tours are available on Monday ad Friday. French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. While Spanish is available on Wednesday and Saturday.

Blackout Dates

  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • December 8th , 25th
  • January 1st, 6th
  • February 24th

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)

Arriving by Public Vaporetto
If you are taking line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso”. If you are taking line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti”. After you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you with a signboard reading TOUR under the Clock Tower.

Arriving by Private Watertaxi
Ask the driver to take you to the “Todaro” landing stage. Once you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you with a signboard reading TOUR under the Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.

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Moderate cancellation policy


You may cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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Shelly Francis
Shelly
Reviewed in September, 2018

Chiesa d' Oro is correct for the monument. Awesome

Ismael Norton
Ismael
Reviewed in August, 2018

Though the Basilica was packed with tourists, we managed to have a good time thanks to the good guide

Ignacio Fernandez
Ignacio
Reviewed in July, 2018

It's a laidback and comfortable tour, you get to skip the line and also spend time inside.

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How to Use Your Tickets
You will receive your mobile voucher via email. There is no need to print the ticket. Once you reach St Mark's Square look for the Clock Tower near the exchange office ( white building with blue clock facade). You will find our assistant here with a signboard reading "TOUR". Please join him/her and proceed for the tour.

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Where?

St. Mark’s Square, Piazza San Marco, Venezia

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Additional Information

  • Audio-guide devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
  • The Basilica being a house of worship, appropriate clothing is recommended (shorts and tank tops will not be allowed)
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace, prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square- Calle san Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
  • 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 party
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • Comfortable walking shoes suggested
  • If there is a high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (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
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