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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 waiting in the long lines which can take hours!

 

WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?

  • A thorough guided tour of the Basilica is a must if you do not want to miss one of the main gems of the city.
  • Visit the most valuable treasure of Venice: the Pala d’Oro
  • Great value! Our tour with an expert guide includes skip-the-line access!

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Take a guided tour of the Saint Mark’s Basilica (basilica di San Marco) with a skip-the-line ticket! The entry to the Basilica is free of charge but queues are long! St Marks’s Place (Piazza San Marco) is famous for its Clock and Bell Tower, the famous Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco. Dive into the history of Venice with our guided visit!

Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica

The central portal lets you catch a glimpse of the magnificence of the church. But the interior with the golden altarpiece decorated with precious stones and gilded mosaics will take your breath away. Visiting the Basilica requires an expert guide. With our tours you will get a skip the line pass which allows you to avoid long queues, that are often up to two hours!

St. Mark’s Basilica guided tour: mystical emotions

Let’s give you some more details about the Basilica. Many ignore that its construction 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. 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 viewer’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 treasure

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 golden altarpiece of the basilica. Located on the high altar and dedicated to Mark the Evangelist, it 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 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 tickets and visiting hours

Visiting Venice without doing a thorough guided tour of the Basilica would be missing out on one of the main gems of the city. Besides, taking a tour of the basilica without an experienced and passionate guide would not be as insightful. The meeting point is located under the Clock Tower, which is another architectural gem of St. Mark’s square. The guided tour of St Mark’s Basilica will start outside. Proceed with the visit by observing the basilica from the outside, in order to understand its architecture and admire the facade. You will also be shown all the buildings that are on the most famous square in Europe: 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 observe the famous golden domes.

With the guided tour and skip-the-line access, 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 ticket to St Mark Basilica and will allow you to avoid the queue that can sometimes last for hours!

FEATURES

  • Child Friendly

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Price

€ 31.00 per person
Free for children up to 5 years old

Duration

1 hour

Availability

Every day at 12.00pm except Sunday.

Spoken Languages

  • 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 penalty of 20% will be retained.

For cancellations up to 24 hours before the experience, a penalty of 50% will be retained.

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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