Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

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Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

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From $48.58 $38.87 per person

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

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Private or small groups available


  • 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
  • On Sundays, due to the Mass, the visit will be done from the terrace and the Pala D'Oro is not included
  • 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
  • Pickup at your accommodation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

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)
  • 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 the 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 the installation as it runs on GPS only
  •  On Sundays, due to the Mass, the visit will be done from the terrace and the Pala D'Oro is not included
  • The visit is always monolingual
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 86 reviews

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Great content, organization could be improved

Meeting point was 30 minutes before the start of the tour, in reality the person who arranges the tours only came 5 before the start of the actual start, everything was a bit confusing, the tour itself was in a small group of 9 people with headset, the lecturer was very good, clear and spoken understandably and also answered questions.

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September 22, 2019

The tour was very informative, we could ask questions and the guide was very competent and friendly. however, the assignment to the tour was a bit chaotic, as several identical tours in different languages took place at the same time. therefore a star deduction. otherwise everything was great. we did not have to queue and could sit in an extra reserved area and listen to the history of the church. Since our group consisted of only 6 people, the atmosphere of the tour was particularly good :)

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August 8, 2019

Une visite en français très intéressante,avec la basilique éclairée,l'accès privé au centre de la basilique et du coup possibilité d'adminirer plus longtemps les plafonds, attention quand vous réservez, la basilique n'est éclairée qu'une heure par jour et sa fait toute la différence... Un joyaux, dommage que les photos soit interdites, c'est un incontournable.

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February 24, 2020

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