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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Grand Canal

Venice: Saint Mark’s Basilica Exclusive Evening Access

Product ID: 93159
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This St. Mark’s Basilica Privileged Night Access Tour is perfect for visitors who want to get an exclusive taste of this enigmatic city as the sun goes down.
About this activity
Duration 1.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Reserve your slot to see St Mark’s Basilica empty except for your small tour group
  • Enjoy expert commentary from your guide as frescoes and mosaics appear dramatically from the dark
  • See the crypt and the jewel-encrusted Pala d’Oro altarpiece, both off-limits to most visitors
  • Avoid daytime crowds that might distract from the dazzling experience
Full description
This intimate tour begins as the sun sets over St Mark’s Square. Your guide, an English-speaker well versed in Venetian history, will greet you with tales of the famous square’s significance to the unrivaled trade network Venice commanded in the Middle Ages. Then as darkness falls, you’ll step carefully past the intricate façade into St. Mark’s Basilica.

As you adjust to the rare quiet, the space will gradually light up, with meticulously-orchestrated illuminations revealing the glass/gold mosaics and testament frescoes, one by one. Your guide’s commentary will bring the frescoes to life, as you listen to the unbelievable story of the church’s namesake, St Mark the Evangelist.

In the absence of the daytime crowd, the church custodian will grant access to areas in St. Mark’s Basilica that are normally off-limits. Items protected from the daytime rush include the Pala d’Oro, a Byzantine altarpiece adorned with 2,000 precious stones. You’ll see it close enough to count them all. And you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter the crypt, where St. Mark the Evangelist himself is thought to rest.

It’s a vivid introduction to Venice through one of the city’s greatest landmarks  and a peaceful experience few visitors to this historic church will ever repeat.
Includes
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Privileged Night Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Small groups of 25 persons or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/ beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the foot of Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), just outside in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. Address: Ponte della Paglia, 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• This service ends outside St. Mark’s Basilica
• Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The local tour operator cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
• With regret guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated • Strollers or baby carriages on group tours cannot be accommodated
• Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica
• Please avoid bringing large purses, bags or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark’s Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas and tripods
• If you are not familiar with Venice, please give yourself ample time to find the meeting points
Customer reviews
Overall rating
5.0 / 5
based on 10 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
5.0/5

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 93159