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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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Overview
Starting time
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 (make sure to be there 15 minutes in advance)
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 English speaking guide. Let them enlighten you on the history of the area which Napoleon allegedly referred to as "the drawing room of Europe"
  • 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 (though the present church, with its 8500 m2 of glittering mosaics, dates back to about 1071)
  • St Mark's Basilica is nicknamed the Church of Gold for its opulence. Once you've seen the Pala d’Oro - a golden altarpiece crafted by Venetian goldsmiths and bedecked with thousands of rubies, emeralds, and other gemstones - 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 English-speaking 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.

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Skip The Line
What's included
  • Entrance to St Mark's Basilica
  • One-hour guided tour of St Mark's Basilica in a small group (maximum 35 people) 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
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Doesn't include the upper floor of the basilica
Instructions
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Clock Tower
Piazza San Marco, 30124, Venice
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St. Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia, Italy, Venice

Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant before the tour.

Meeting

  • Meeting time: Mon - Sat, 11:45
  • Departure: 12:00
  • Meeting point: Piazza San Marco, in front of YEX Exchange Office, under the Clock Tower
  • Tour guide: look for a tour guide holding a white sign that says 'TURIVE Tour'
  • In case of emergency please call +390415239979 / +393493054767
Cancellation

Cancellations are possible up to 72 hours before your visit date.

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Getting There

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

Reviews
Nov 24, 2017
It was an interesting tour, but terribly organized.
Nov 7, 2017
Headphones weren't very good, difficult to hear.
Oct 24, 2017
Very straight forward.
Sep 27, 2017
The Basilica is amazing and it's really good to have a guide to appreciate it even more.
Sep 27, 2017
The Basillica was amazing, glad we went in, but the tour was useless because we couldn't understand our "English speaking " tour guide. And he spent too much time at each point in the tour.. I noticed other tours were moving along, but not ours.
Sep 26, 2017
Stunning place and well organized. If it is rain as it was the day of our visit, you won't be granted skip the one due to the streets flooding and thus one main raises access. It didn't damper our experience
Sep 2, 2017
Fabulous tour operator who was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and as inspiring as the Basilica itself. Highly recommended.
Aug 24, 2017
great guided tour, skipping the queue. Highly recommended!
Aug 23, 2017
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and some history is definitely necessary in order to appreciate the Basilica even more.
Aug 23, 2017
The visit was very good. The guide was excellent. Basilica is fabulous. There were so many people, I would not be able to enter the basilica without your help. Thanks a lot!

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