Venice Saint Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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Experience Highlights

Discover the majestic St. Mark's Basilica on a guided walking tour of approximately 1 hour , no need to queue. Be amazed by the exciting stories and legends that the Basilica holds and enjoy the incredible panoramic view of St. Mark's Square from the inside.

You will have access to a digital map with more than 200 points of interest where you can take a tour through the labyrinth of alleys.

  • Direct entry to St. Mark's Basilica without queuing up.
  • A professional guide will accompany you on your visit
  • Enjoy a tour with a small group of about 10 people.
  • You will have access to an app with a digital map to visit other areas of Venice.

What’s included

  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica, the terrace and the St. Mark's Museum.
  • Headphones are included for groups of more than 10 people.
  • Informative audio guide application with about 200 points of interest in Venice.
  • Optional private tour.

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Step by Step

Enjoy a skip-the-line guided tour of the impressive St. Mark's Basilica, an approximately 1-hour walk through its imposing corridors and mosaics made of pure gold.

You will enter directly inside the Basilica in the company of a small group of about 10 people and a professional guide who will explain the history of the Basilica and the surrounding masterpieces, such as the five golden domes made of gold by the most renowned artists of the time.

The most important attractions of St. Mark's Basilica are:

  • Pala d'Oro: a Byzantine gold altarpiece over 1.40 metres high and inlaid with gems such as 1300 pearls, 300 sapphires, 300 emeralds, hundreds of amethysts, rubies and topaz.
  • The Sanctuary: the place that gathers treasures collected over the centuries such as gold, glass and silver pieces. Located on the right side of the altar.
  • Museo Di San Marco: here you will find the famous work The Four Bronze Horses, Byzantine sculptures from the XII century, fragments of ancient mosaics and more.
  • Tomb of St. Mark: it was built in a crypt located under the presbytery and after the restoration of the Basilica, the crypt was opened to the public in 1889.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to capture the best pictures of the wonderful views of St. Mark's Square from the terrace of the Basilica .

At the end of the tour, you will have the option to visit the glass factory near St. Mark's Square, where you will be able to see craftsmen at work.

The tour includes access to a mobile app with a digital map with more than 200 characteristic points of Venice that you can visit while listening to an automatic explanatory narration.

Reviews

4.5
· 12692 Reviews
  • N
    Noor
    5
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    The opportunity to climb up to the balcony of the basilica and admire St. Mark's Square from above was truly special.
  • L
    Leonel
    4
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    The tour allowed us to explore the different chapels and areas of the basilica, discovering the rich history and stories behind each of its decorative elements.
  • S
    Safiya
    4
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    The craftsmanship and beauty of this masterpiece took our breath away.
  • B
    Bruno
    4
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    We were able to observe closely the details of the Pala d'Oro, a magnificent altarpiece adorned with gold and precious stones.
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