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St Mark’s Basilica tickets and guided visit

Visit  one of the most beautiful basilicas in the world:  St Mark’s basilica (called Basilica di San Marco in Italian) and discover the priceless treasures, the stories and the legends that are hidden here!

Our guided tour includes skip the line entry to the Basilica and will enable you to avoid the long lines which otherwise could take hours!



  • A thorough guided tour of St.Mark Basilica, one of the main gems of the city.
  • Admire the most valuable treasure of Venice: the Pala d’Oro.
  • Great value! Our tour with an expert guide includes skip-the-line access!


St.Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco in Italian)  is one of the most beautiful basilicas in the works and an emblematic building of Venice! It is easy to understand why it is one of the main Points of Interest in Venice. When you enter the basilica, you will be bathed in the light reflecting on the golden mosaics, walk along the marble aisles and admire this masterpiece of Byzantine art. When you reach the high altar you will have the opportunity to admire the famous Pala D’Oro, a perfect example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

When was St.Mark’s Basilica built?

The construction of this magnificent Basilica took 5 Centuries. Yes, that is correct, the construction work took 500 years! Work began in 1063 under the direction of Doge Domenico Contarini, and was completed in 1617 with the construction of the last side chapels. When you see this masterpiece you will fully appreciate why it did take this long to be built!

Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica

The central portal lets you catch a glimpse of the magnificence of the church. But it is the interior with the famous Pala d’Oro, the golden altarpiece decorated with thousands of gems, precious stones and gilded mosaics, which will take your breath away. To fully appreciate its history and glorious past, visiting the Basilica requires an expert guide who will reveal the most interesting details about the historical site. 

Do you need a tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica?

Saint Mark Basilica opening times are: Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and 9.30 to 4.30 pm on Sundays and holiday. You can enter the St.Mark Basilica free of charge during its opening times but queues are long! Therefore we recommend that you consider our offer of St. Mark’s Basilica tickets with skip the line entry and guided tour

With the guided tour and skip the line tickets, we provide you with a tour of the Basilica that will leave you speechless! Booking is easy and convenient! The purchase of the guided tour includes a skip the line St Mark Basilica tickets and will enable to avoid the queue that can sometimes last for hours!

St.Mark’s Basilica guided tour: mystical emotions

Let’s give you some more details about the St.Mark’s Basilica. The spectacular facade of the basilica is covered with gold tiles creating polychrome mosaics, assembled with the techniques of “opus sectile” and “opus tessellatum”. The basilica is topped by 5 domes, in the same style as the cathedral of St. Sophia in Istanbul. The cross is a Greek cross, typical of Byzantine churches.

At the entrance, the mystical atmosphere immediately captures the visitor’s attention. There is a clear spatial bipartition between the terrestrial area dedicated to worship, and the faithful heavenly part, expanded by the volumes of the domes. The whole space is bathed in a heavenly light, which is reflected in the golden tiles. All this, combined with the fragrance of incense, creates a unique atmosphere.

St Mark’s Basilica’s treasury : the Pala d’Oro

The Serenissima has had a glorious past. Like any self-respecting great power, the Republic of Venice also had its own treasure. To showcase its magnificence to all, the Serenissima decided to exhibit its most valuable item, the Pala d’Oro, the golden altarpiece of the basilica. Located on the high altar and dedicated to Mark the Evangelist, the pala d’oro was primarily intended to protect his relics. The relics of the patron saint had to be preserved in an exceptional place. Therefore, the altarpiece was richly embellished and enlarged several times. It is covered in real gold and adorned with a total number of 1927 gems, among which are pearls, sapphires, emeralds, amethysts and rubies. When Napoleon arrived in Venice, the Venetians set up a clever trick to prevent their beloved golden altar from being taken away. They made the audacious conqueror believe that all the stones decorating the altarpiece were fake and that they actually were colored glass. Thanks to this ingenious idea, the Venetians managed to preserve their treasure. Napoleon therefore decided to not touch the pala d’oro, which remained exactly at the same place to this day!

St. Mark’s basilica tour

The tour of the St.Mark’s Basilica with our experienced and passionate guide will be one of the highlights of your visit to Venice Italy. The guided tour will start in St Marks’s Square (Piazza San Marco), which is known worldwide for its Clock and Bell Tower, the famous Doge’s Palace and of course, the Basilica of San Marco.The meeting point is located under the blue Clock Tower, another architectural gem.

St Mark’s Basilica tour will start by observing the basilica from the outside; our guide will explain its architecture and the facade.In addition to all the buildings that are on the most famous square in Europe your will be shown the Marciana library and the new and old palaces of the Procuratie.  Then you will enter the atrium of the Basilica and will get to admire the famous golden domes.

St.Mark’s Basilica tickets and guided tour includes:

  • Skip the line entrance ticket to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Guided visit to the Basilica
  • Personal headset

Practical information:

  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the religious site (knees and shoulders must be covered)
  • For security reason backpacks can not be taken inside the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso)
  • The visit in English takes place every day at 12.00 pm 
  • Meeting point in St Mark’s Square, at the exchange office next the blue clocktower on the left of the Basilica.
  • Please, make sure to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
  • The visit is scheduled to take place also in case of rain.

The tour is available also in other languages (please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist).


  • Child Friendly



€ 32.00 per person from 01.04.2020 (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED: COVID-19)

Free for children up to 5 years of age


1 hour


Every day at 12.00pm except Sunday.

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Included / Excluded

Included :

  • Skip the line access
  • Guided tour with a specialist guide
  • Headphones

Excluded :

Anything not listed in the Included section

Sales Conditions

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the experience, a cancellation charge of 20% will be applied.

For cancellations up to 24 hours before the experience, a cancellation charge 50% will be applied.

No refund will be made in case of no show or cancellation within 24 hours before the experience.

Other practical information

The meeting point is near the currency exchange office YEX Change, under the Clock Tower in St. Mark’s square. Please be there at least 15 minutes before the tour starts.
To visit the Basilica we recommend that you wear appropriate clothing (low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts and hats are not allowed).
For security reasons, backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica. You can leave them at the free luggage storage which is located a few meters away on the left, in Calle San Basso. For this reason as well we recommend that you be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start.

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