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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Product ID: 184370
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Skip the line and enjoy a guided visit of the five-dome cathedral, the Saint Mark’s Basilica. Full of gold and art-masterpieces, it is in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1986.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, French, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the Basilica and its precious golden treasures
  • Be guided to the Pala D’Oro and Saint Mark’s Treasury
  • Skip all the long lines the Cathedral and Pala D'Oro
  • Customize your walking tour in Venice
  • Sit in the middle of the church– an exclusive feature of this tour
Full description
A fascinating guided tour through the Cathedral of St. Mark, known as the Golden Basilica. The building itself is famous for the fact that its incredible mosaics consist only of gold. You will skip the long line and enter in the majestic church accompanied by an expert guide who will explain everything around you. You will be stunned in front of the five-domes decorated by renowned artists, and you can admire the “Pala D’Oro”, a breathtaking altarpiece composed by gems, diamonds and of course, by gold. Your guide will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. You can listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of the many biblical scenes painted in the church.

After the tour you will have the possibility to visit a glass factory close to St. Mark’s Square, here you will see a glass craftsman at work. (free and optional tour, the guide will advise you on how to participate).

Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.
  • Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Basilica and 1-hour inside the Basilica
  • Pala d’Oro guided tour
  • Audio-receiver devices for groups with more than 10 people
  • Glass craftsman tour close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
  • Exclusive access to the middle of the Basilica
What’s Not Included
  • Pickup at your accommodation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

ST. MARK’S SQUARE - CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with a signboard in which is written "TOUR". Customers are advised not to go to the Bell Tower.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
• This tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be rearranged or refunded)
• For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (No shorts)
• For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica, prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso
The storage service is free of charge but please allow sufficient time to do so
• You should receive, by email, the QR code and instructions to active mobile app by 10:00 AM the day after booking. You will be able to contact our local partners for assistance
• The app won’t use up any data connection after installation as it runs on GPS only
• From April to October is monolingual, from November to March the visit can be bilingual
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 76 reviews
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Product ID: 184370