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

Product ID: 59086
Skip the line to St. Mark's Basilica and discover the art and architecture of the most important religious building in Venice, learn about its history.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
Starting time 12:00 PM
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English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
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  • Skip the lines and enter St. Mark’s Basilica with your tour guide, without the wait
  • Marvel at the golden-colored mosaics of the Basilica
  • See the wonderful Golden Pall
Full description
Through this captivating tour you'll have the chance to discover the precious interiors of St.Mark's Basilica with one of the most complete and alluring guided visits of this must see sight in Venice.

St. Mark’s Cathedral, located at the eastern end of St. Mark’s Square, is the most famous church in Venice and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It is referred to as the ‘golden basilica’ for the predominant golden color of its mosaics.

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you to discover rich and sophisticated architectures, the valuable remains of St. Mark, the major altar of St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Golden Pall, considered one of the most valuable objects in the world, due to the preciousness of its materials.

Don't miss the opportunity to understand and appreciate all the major treasures of St. Mark Basilica thanks to this complete and detailed tour.
  • Skip-the-line admission to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Admission to Pala d'Oro
  • Bilingual guided tour

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Yex’ Change Office - under the Clock Tower (please note that is not the bell tower) in St. Mark's Square

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Important information
Know before you go
• Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors wearing suitable attire (no shorts, vests, or sleeveless tops). Backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons
• The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to prohibit visits and access to the Basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of safety (e.g. high water)
• This is a collective tour, this means there will be other people enjoying the same tour
• No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no-show
• Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, there can be no guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility/wheelchairs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 307 reviews

Review summary

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    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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We met under the clocktower and were taken into St Mark's Basilica by a lady who's name I forgot as soon as she started talking as she was so informative and made everything so interesting the tour last over an hour and this lady hardly paused for a breath, her knowledge was amazing and she did it all from memory we would definitely recommend this tour

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1 January 2019

Golden mosaics seen at just the right time.

We were able to see the mosaics in their full glory by going at the right time. When the lights went off the ceiling mosaics could not be seen. It was very busy with many lines of people going around. It's a shame that the Basilica appears to be more of an art gallery and museum I just hope that worshippers get to feel it as a church when the tourists aren't there. I would have liked more time to view and be informed about the different Bible scenes - I only found out about these afterwards by reading the small guide book. (At 5 euros with loads of photos this was well worth it - bought where you pay to go behind the altar screen)

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31 May 2018

Très bonne guide, et horaire important, nous avons pris la visite de 12H mais nous aurions dû prendre la visite de 11H50 car la basilique n'est illuminée qu'une heure, de 12H à 13H. nous avons ensuite visité le clocher et la terrasse avec les chevaux (5€ de plus par personne, mais cela vaut la peine) par contre cela aurait été bien de pouvoir rester plus longtemps dans la basilique

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27 February 2020

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Product ID: 59086