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St. Mark’s Basilica: Skip The Line Entry Ticket with Terrace + Guided Tour

Explore the iconic St. Mark's Basilica accompanied by a professional guide

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Venice Tours Srl
Registered address: San Marco 1130, 30124, Venezia, IT
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Duration: 1h
Max group size: 20
Skip the line
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Live guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Guided tour of St.Mark’s Basilica
Skip the line ticket for Basilica
Access to the ground floor
Access to the Terrace (if selected)
Headset for the guided tour so you can hear the guide better

What's not included

Access to the Pala D’oro
Access to the Museum

Important information

* Shoulders and knees must be covered * Large bags and suitcases aren't allowed * The tour may be affected in case of high tides

Meeting point

Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, 30124, Venice

  • 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.

  • Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant at the meeting point at the Venice Tours Office
  • Venice Tours Office is in Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, beside San Marco Square. Having the Basilica of San Marco behind you, stay on the right side of the square and go under the arches. Find Olivetti Museum, turn right, pass under the archways, cross the little bridge and go straight to Campo San Gallo

Getting There: Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.

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Richard,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
16 Feb 2024
Excellent
The experience was really good, unfortunately we were unable to go on the date we booked as the Basilica was flooded, however the tour guide was very good and was able to get us on a time slot for...
The experience was really good, unfortunately we were unable to go on the date we booked as the Basilica was flooded, however the tour guide was very good and was able to get us on a time slot for the following day
St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line + Guided Tour
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Linda,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
16 Feb 2024
Excellent
Excellent knowledgeable guide,Elizabeth clearly enjoys her job and passing her knowledge on to others. Only criticism would be about the stairs and the steepness from the balcony, a warning would...
Excellent knowledgeable guide,Elizabeth clearly enjoys her job and passing her knowledge on to others. Only criticism would be about the stairs and the steepness from the balcony, a warning would have been appreciated
St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line + Guided Tour
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Anonymous
06 Oct 2023
Average
The guided tour itself was wonderful! The guide was so knowledgeable. However, the title of the tour is very misleading because the Terrace was not included with this tour. We had to pay extra to...
The guided tour itself was wonderful! The guide was so knowledgeable. However, the title of the tour is very misleading because the Terrace was not included with this tour. We had to pay extra to get up to the Terrace.
St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line + Guided Tour

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