Venice Saint Mark's Square Tour with Basilica Guided Tour

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Enjoy an approximately 2-hour guided walking tour of St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice. Discover the majestic buildings surrounding the square such as the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

You can enter St. Mark's Basilica without queuing, walk through the majestic Byzantine architecture and gaze at the golden mosaics in the atrium and dome.

  • Discover the stories of St. Mark's Square and the Basilica in the company of a professional guide.
  • See the inside of St. Mark's Basilica without waiting in long queues.
  • You will have headphones and personal audio system so you can ask all your questions to the guide.

What’s included

  • Guided walking tour of St. Mark's Square
  • Skip the line entrance and guided tour of St Mark's Basilica
  • Personal audio system and headphones

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Step by Step

Explore St. Mark's Square and the Basilica of the city of Venice on a guided walking tour of approximately 2 hours. The tour includes skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica to discover the imposing building inside and out.

Your guide will provide you with a personal audio system with headphones so you won't miss any of the stories on the tour and are free to ask questions.

If you don't visit St. Mark's Square, it's like you've never been to Venice. It is one of the most characteristic places of the city and is home to many important tourist attractions:

  • The astronomical clock: it is composed of a large blue dial with the symbols of the zodiac and a winged lion located at the top of the clock.
  • The Ducal Palace: located at the top of the square, it was the place where the dukes stayed for more than a thousand years to rule the city.
  • St. Mark's Campanile: it is the highest point in Venice and is the bell tower belonging to the Basilica.
  • The Bridge of Sighs: its name comes from the fact that prisoners used to cross it on their way to prison and sigh because they would never see the sunlight again. It can only be crossed by entering the Doge's Palace.

The tour does not end here. It's time to enter St. Mark's Basilica for a closer look at one of Venice's most special works of art.

On the tour you will appreciate the sumptuous gold mosaics, the impressive marble floor, the famous Pala d'Oro altarpiece made of gold, silver and hundreds of precious gems.

You will also discover areas such as the Sanctuary located to the right of the altar, the Museum of St. Mark and his work The Four Bronze Horses and the famous Tomb of St. Mark located in the crypt of the Basilica.

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    Cédric Besnard
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    Génial
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    Veronique POURIEUX
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    A faire absolument avec un guide qui fournit une multitude d'informations et d'anecdotes !
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    Samira
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    The vibrant colors and detailed scenes left us in awe and made us appreciate the artwork behind them.
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    Eduardo
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    The mosaics inside the basilica were simply breathtaking.
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