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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) Tours

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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is the crown jewel of Venice, one of the most sumptuous cities in the western world. This ornate cathedral blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture—testimony to the city’s political and economic dominance that spanned centuries. Topped by soaring domes and with an interior of astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church. Construction began in 828, when the body of St. Mark was smuggled back to Venice from Alexandria; the church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries. 

The Basics
St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice and hosts millions of visitors each year, so there are often long lines to enter. To avoid the crowds and wait times, book a skip-the-line tour, or opt for an after-hours tour for private evening access. While the exterior is visited on just about every city sightseeing tour, a guided tour is the best way to experience the cathedral, given the complexity of its art and architecture. A private or small-group evening tour led by an expert tour guide offers a unique and intimate experience, and the basilica is located on St. Mark’s Square, so you can easily combine a basilica tour with a gondola ride and a Doge’s Palace tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Like most churches in Italy, St. Mark’s Basilica requires visitors to wear appropriate clothing—no exposed shoulders, knees, or midriffs.
  • Large bags are not permitted in the basilica. Deposit any luggage at Ateneo di San Basso (in Piazzetta dei Leoncini).

How to Get There
The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

When to Get There
The basilica is most crowded at midday, so begin or end your Venice tour with a morning or late-afternoon visit. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while Venice is relatively quiet from November through February (aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays, and during Carnival).

The Pala d’Oro
St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is famous for Michelangelo's “Pietà” and Florence’s Duomo is known for Brunelleschi’s dome, but St. Mark’s Basilica’s greatest treasure—the stunning Pala d'Oro—dates back centuries before either of those masterpieces. This glittering gold and enamel altarpiece from AD 976 is considered one of the most important, refined examples of Byzantine enamel in the world.


Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124, Italy
Hours: Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
Admission: Free
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Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour

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Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour

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Get an in-depth look at two of Venice's most popular attractions on this skip-the-line tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. See glittering mosaics inside the church and lavish rooms once inhabited by rulers of the Venetian Republic. Explore the fascinating history of La Serenissima in one combination tour.
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Venice Full Day tour with Murano or Burano

Venice Full Day tour with Murano or Burano

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Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on this action-packed walking tour.
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  • 8 hours
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St. Mark's Basilica: guided visit & seat inside - Skip the Line

St. Mark's Basilica: guided visit & seat inside - Skip the Line

Skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and head straight into a private tour of the “Church of Gold.” Recognized as one of the foremost example of Byzantine architecture in the world, its most recognizable feature is the Pala d'Oro, a golden altar adorned with thousands of precious gemstones. Your guide will share the history of the building and its construction. Afterward, take an optional tour to a glass factory near the square at no additional charge.
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Venice: Basilica di San Marco Private Tour

Venice: Basilica di San Marco Private Tour

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Don’t miss Venice’s must-see landmark. On this express tour with Skip-the-Line access, you’ll be able to experience St. Mark’s Basilica and its normally off-limits terraces, no matter how little time you have in the Floating City. You’ll begin your tour in St. Mark’s Square, where your expert guide will point out some of the architectural details that make this building so fascinating. From the Byzantine-style onion domes to the giant bronze horses that adorn the façade, you’ll learn how the construction of St. Mark’s was influenced by Venice’s active trade with the east from the 9th to 12th centuries. Though the outside is spectacular, the real beauty can be seen within. Gilded, glittering mosaics depicting Biblical scenes cover almost every surface of the church, even the incredible domes. Your guide will point out details of the amazing works within the church before you’re led up to the basilica’s 1st floor terraces.
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Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

See Venice with a local on this private tour around the city. Learn about the history of the Venetian empire and what the city is like today. See and photograph locations like Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and other standout architectural landmarks. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access.
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Venice Highlights: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, and Walking Tour

Venice Highlights: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, and Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with the architectural gems and proud history of Venice on a combo walking tour of the city center followed by a guided visit to the city’s crown jewels — the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Step inside the Gothic palace that once held both Venice’s leaders and prisoners, and then admire the gold mosaics and ornate altars of the grand Byzantine basilica. Reserved entry means you'll skip the long lines at these two popular attractions, leaving more time to soak up the romance of ‘La Serenissima.’
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Skip the Line: Morning Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Skip the Line: Morning Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Enjoy two of the best experiences in Venice with this combined 3.5-hour tour of a morning gondola ride and a walking tour including St. Mark's Basilica. Explore the highlights of Venice on foot during a fascinating walking tour. Relax on a gondola ride through Venice's canals. Marvel at the golden mosaics inside St. Mark's. Do it all with this one combination tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Piazza San Marco: Doge's Palace & Basilica guided tour

Piazza San Marco: Doge's Palace & Basilica guided tour

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This is a fantastic way to explore the best of Venice in one day. You’ll save time waiting in long visitor lines by having a skip-the-line ticket to Doge’s Palace included. Explore the palace artwork, architecture, and learn about its former prisoners. You’ll also be given entrance tickets to three Saint Mark’s Square museums to explore independently. A highlight is having a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica where you’ll see its spectacular Byzantine art.
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Private Venice Essentials Tour: San Marco Square & Gondola Ride

Private Venice Essentials Tour: San Marco Square & Gondola Ride

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Discover the sights and secrets of Venice on a private 3.5-hour tour. After a stroll around Piazza San Marco, enjoy immersive guided visits to Doge Palace and San Marco’s Basilica. Cap of your authentic Venetian adventure with a gondola ride down the canals. The half-day excursion is also a great opportunity to orient yourself to the city for future independent exploring.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Save precious time and make the most of a visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour that lets you bypass the long queue and head right inside the Gothic centerpiece of St. Mark's Square. Admire Renaissance masterpieces as a guide describes the political intrigue and scandals that took place inside majestic halls and the notorious palace prison. After the tour, raise a glass to Venice’s rich winemaking heritage with a tasting and appetizers at a cozy wine parlor.
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Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

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Explore Venice at your own pace with this self-guided tour, complete with audio guide. By day or night, follow the itinerary to see the heart of Venice including the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Learn about the history and architecture of the city as you move through Venice independently.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Opera Dream in Venice

Opera Dream in Venice

Travelers will discover Venice together with a professional opera singer. The tour starts from San Marco because just before the place where the columns are, Otello once arrived exactly like Shakespeare and Giuseppe Verdi. We start talking about Othello and Verdi's music and shortly afterwards I will perform some tracks from Otello together with my colleagues Soprano and Tenore accompanied by a pianist. Travelers will have this experience before seeing a play at the Teatro La Fenice or at Musica a Palazzo / Palazzo Barbarigo.
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Venice: Gondola Ride and Golden Basilica Tour

Venice: Gondola Ride and Golden Basilica Tour

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Experience two of Venice’s treasures on this combination tour. First, take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal the inner canals of the city. Listen as a professional gondolier shares information and knowledge about the city, or just sit back and take in the view. Next, skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and learn about its storied history on a guided tour of the ancient church.
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Fabulous Venice: Doge's Palace, Golden Basilica, glassblowing & gondola ride

Fabulous Venice: Doge's Palace, Golden Basilica, glassblowing & gondola ride

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Soak up the best of Venice by land and by water in one convenient half-day package. Tour inside the splendid Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica with a guide, discover the ancient art of glassblowing with a live demonstration, and glide through the city’s famous canals on a romantic gondola ride. Later, continue exploring at your own pace with an included ticket to the Procuratie museums of St. Mark’s Square and a self-guided tour using a special smartphone app to navigate through the city’s maze-like heart.
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this classic walking tour combines the blockbuster sights of history-packed Venice with a relaxing gondola ride. Listen to legends and stories from the city’s Renaissance heyday as you travel down cobblestoned streets and over picturesque footbridges. Tours cover Saint Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, and the legendary Calle Varisco.
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Historical Heart of Venice PM - Skip the line tour

Historical Heart of Venice PM - Skip the line tour

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A classic Venice sightseeing package, this multi-faceted tour includes guided visits to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, topped off with a scenic gondola ride. Groups are kept small to ensure a personalized experience, with each boat capped at six people. Listen to stories from the city’s Renaissance heyday and discover centuries-old Byzantine masterpieces—plus lesser known canals off the main tourist track.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Walking Tour of Venice

Private Walking Tour of Venice

See the Venice sights that you want to see with this fully customized private tour, for a group of up to 10 people. Just choose a duration that suits your schedule, then head out with a private guide to discover the city. Perhaps take a tour that gives you the history behind the famous sights of St. Mark's Square such as the Doge's Palace, or maybe focus on the tucked-away treasures of Venice such as the Fontego dei Tedeschi building near the Rialto Bridge. It's the perfect way to explore Venice at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Venice: Private Half Day Guided Tour and Gondola Experience

Venice: Private Half Day Guided Tour and Gondola Experience

Enjoy a fantastic tour of Venice! Let yourself be transported into the magical world of the most romantic lagoon in the world, through history, architecture and legends and, if you're lucky, admiration of the carnival's stroll through the city.
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Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's | with Private Option

Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's | with Private Option

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Explore the narrow streets and top sights of Venice with this 2-hour small-group walking tour including St Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the spectacular mosaics inside St Mark's. Learn about the history of the Rialto Bridge. Wander through the meandering alleys of the canal city with your knowledgeable guide leading the way.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

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Learn about Venice's history and culture on this kid-friendly private tour. Over the course of the tour in the canal-filled city, avoid long lines and dry historical commentary. Walk over the Rialto Bridge, visit the Basilica di San Marco, and stroll through bustling local marketplaces. This private tour is totally customizable and ensures personalized attention for your family.
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3hours Venice walking tour

3hours Venice walking tour

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Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on this action-packed walking tour. With its narrow streets and 400 bridges, it can be easy to get lost in Venice, but you won’t have to worry about navigating, as a guide will lead the way. Learn local secrets, and visit multiple top sites in one day such as St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and Doge’s Palace.
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Proposal Photographer in Venice

Proposal Photographer in Venice

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Capture your special moment with a professional wedding proposal photographer in Venice. Craft an itinerary that suits your interests and meet up with a local who knows the city’s picturesque, romantic spots. Enjoy pictures with a candid, contemporary style, available in an easily accessible online gallery five working days after your dream proposal.
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Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in Venice

Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in Venice

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Avoid the hassle of pestering strangers to take your vacation photos and the disappointment of coming home with low-quality snaps by booking your own professional photographer. Customize your route through Venice to ensure that you get the images you want and receive the images within five days later.
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Skip the Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Skip the Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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See the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica with one of the most in-depth guided tours of the Byzantine jewel. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the often-long queues outside the cathedral. Learn about the incredible history behind St. Mark's from a knowledgeable guide during this 1-hour tour. See the treasures inside the basilica, including the Golden Pall and the altar.
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