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Tickets for St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line + Guided Tour

Stroll the square, explore the church

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Starting time: 12:00
Skip The Line
Live guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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What's included

Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica, the basilica’s rooftop terrace, and St. Mark’s Museum
One-hour guided tour in a small group with a professional guide
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
  • 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
  • Enjoy a fun and informative tour of this unmissable local landmark, led by a fully licensed guide, and learn its stories and secrets
  • St. Mark's Basilica is nicknamed the Church of Gold for its opulence – after visiting, you'll understand why that nickname is so appropriate!

Saint Mark's Square has been the hub of Venetian social and political life for more than a thousand years, and at its heart you'll find the eye-shatteringly beautiful St. Mark's Basilica. Get skip-the-line access to this iconic local landmark and learn more about it with an insightful guided tour.

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.

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 gazing 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.

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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

Getting There:

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

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