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Overview

Highlights

  • Take an informative look at St. Mark’s Square and a one-hour walking tour of the unmissable St. Mark's Basilica, both with a fully licensed guide
  • Get skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica. Dating back to the 9th century, this church has been built and destroyed many times
  • St. Mark's Basilica is nicknamed the Church of Gold for its opulence. Once you've seen the Pala d'Oro, you'll understand why that nickname is so appropriate

Description

Start your tour on Saint Mark's Square and get to know the area that has been the hub of Venetian social and political life for more than a thousand years. Afterwards, get skip-the-line access to the eye-shatteringly beautiful St. Mark's Basilica with its many glittering surfaces.

St. Mark's first became a church way back in 828, when a couple of merchants smuggled the body of St. Mark out of Egypt in a barrel of pork fat (as the legend goes). This risky mission was because an angel told St. Mark that Venice would be his final resting place, and the Venetian leaders did not want that angel to be a liar.

Since that time the church has risen and fallen and risen again. Today, St. Mark's Basilica is not just Venice's finest church - it's one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world.

And this ticket will not only get you skip-the-line access to the church, it also gets you a one-hour walking tour with a fully licensed guide.

Your tour will give you context on the history of the Venetian Republic, and insights into the magnificence of the gleaming Basilica.

Of course it's a place of worship, but not only that. Resplendent with 8,500 m2 of glittering mosaics - many made by layering 24-carat gold leaf onto the back of the glass to represent divine light - the whole church seems to shimmer in the daylight. And all around you are shiny, expensive details, silently declaring, 'The Venetian Republic is mighty and wealthy!'

After spending time gawking at the church, you'll be able to wander back out into the Piazza San Marco.

At this point, filled with knowledge and beauty, you should take the chance to fill your belly with some Venetian cicchetti (tapas) - for with the soul satisfied, it's time for the body to get its due.

Ticket

What's included

Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
One-hour guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica in a small group with a professional guide
Skip the line and entrance fee to the Pala D'oro inside St. Mark's Basilica
Headset for the guided tour so you can hear the guide better
Free optional 20-minute visit of a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark's square with a Glass Craftsman Demonstration

What's not included

Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Additional info

For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time.

Getting There:

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

Amendment policy

  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

Instructions

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Clock Tower
Piazza San Marco, 30124, Venice
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St. Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco 328, 30100, Venice
  • Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant at the meeting point
  • The meeting point is on Saint Mark's square, under the Clock Tower, near the exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade)
  • The assistant will be holding a sign that says 'TOUR'
  • If you want to visit the Glass Factory after the tour, please ask the staff for more info

Ratings & reviews

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C
Nov 10, 2019
Excellent
Guided tour was passionate and incredible
D
Nov 4, 2019
Excellent
Great tour guide and well worth the price to skip the lines.
B
Oct 26, 2019
Excellent
Excellent

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