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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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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Visit two Venice highlights on a 3-hour, guided tour through St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges’ Palace, with skip-the-line entrance that lets you make the most of your time in the city. See the rich ornamentation and artwork inside St. Mark’s Basilica, then follow in the footsteps of Venice’s powerful doges in a sumptuous masterpiece of Venetian Gothic design. This 3-hour combination tour includes skip-the-line admission at both locations.
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  • 2 hours
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The sacred meets the prophane (free tour to Murano included)

The sacred meets the prophane (free tour to Murano included)

St. Mark’s Basilica: wonderful icon of the city and brilliant treasure chest for the relics of the Saint after whom it is named. Be prepared to walk under the golden mosaic domes and discover one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine art. The guide will then accompany you to the Doge’s Palace, our "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. You will pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini. You will hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by the Venetian legends as you walk through the narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, about Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.
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  • 3 hours
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Venice walking tour & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

Venice walking tour & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

St. Mark’s Basilica, with its walls covered in golden mosaics, is one of Venice’s most popular historical landmarks—and it often has the crowds to show for it. On this exclusive tour, you'll skip the lines for quicker access to the Byzantine splendors inside, and enjoy a scenic, guided stroll through St. Mark's Square. Upgrade to include a gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
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Accessible Venice Tour With Wheelchair Including Doge Palace & St Mark Basilica

Accessible Venice Tour With Wheelchair Including Doge Palace & St Mark Basilica

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With such architectural obstacles as many bridges, small streets, and steps that plummet into water, Venice appears to be near-inaccessible to people with disabilities. This private tour shows you that this is not the case by taking you around the city by steamboat and through accessible passages.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip the line Saint Mark's Basilica Guided Walking Tour in Venice

Skip the line Saint Mark's Basilica Guided Walking Tour in Venice

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St. Mark's Basilica is one of Venice’s most visited attractions and this skip-the-line tour ensures you don’t waste any time queuing outside. Enjoy priority access and a 1-hour guided walking tour of the Golden Basilica, followed by an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
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Venice St Mark Basilica and Doge Palace Small Group Tour

Venice St Mark Basilica and Doge Palace Small Group Tour

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Explore the best of Venice on a 3-hour small-group tour. Avoid long lines with skip-the-line entrance tickets to Venice’s most famous icons, St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Follow your guide and listen to informative commentary about the history of this Italian city and the vibrant culture that has emerged from it.
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  • 2 hours
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VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

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No visit to Venice is complete without taking in the Doge’s Palace, but this Gothic masterpiece has vast sections that most visitors never see. With this tour, enjoy VIP access behind the scenes to explore the palace’s secret archives, torture chambers, and attic prison cells with a guide. Afterwards, enter St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line tickets to admire the mosaics before taking a turn through St. Mark’s Square and past the Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour

Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour

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Combine two quintessential Venice experiences on this short and sweet sightseeing tour. First, glide down the Grand Canal on a traditional gondola ride and soak up the atmosphere of romantic Venice. Then, enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Venice: Historic Walking tour, Saint Mark Basilica & Gondola ride

Venice: Historic Walking tour, Saint Mark Basilica & Gondola ride

An unforgettable experience to discover the real soul of the city! Start with a historic walking tour of the main highlights in Piazza San Marco as Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs or the Bell Tower and reach the imposing Rialto Bridge with its traditional markets. The tour proceeds with the fascinating gondola ride along the Grand Canal and its hidden canals where you’ll see the Mozart’s House, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, San Giorgio’s Island enjoying the breathtaking overview of Piazza San Marco from the water. At the end, the guide will bring you inside the Saint Mark's Basilica narrating the history behind the Cathedral, known as the Golden Basilica, due to many mosaics made with pure gold! The only Basilica Tour where you will enjoy part of the explanation comfortably seated in the middle of the church! You'll enjoy the skip the line access at the entrace and also for the Pala D'Oro. Later, enjoy the Audio guide with digital map to discover the more than 200 Venice Highlights!
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden Venice Express Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica, Rialto and Gondola

Hidden Venice Express Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica, Rialto and Gondola

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Maximize time in Venice with an express tour designed to feature the city’s top sights in a short time period. Explore Venice with a walking tour that includes St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, and the Grand Canal. Skip the hassle of navigating and follow your local guide to see charming back streets. The express tour finishes with a gondola ride to see Venice from the water.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus St Mark's Basilica Guided Visit

Morning Venice Walking Tour plus St Mark's Basilica Guided Visit

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See the best of Venice with a 2.5-hour combined walking tour of some of the hidden parts of the city and a skip-the-line visit to St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy seeing some of the hidden gems many visitors miss in the most popular parts of Venice from St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge. Take in the gorgeous mosaics inside St. Mark's Basilica, including the rarely-seen Golden Pall.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Secrets of the Doge's palace and Saint Mark's basilica private tour

Secrets of the Doge's palace and Saint Mark's basilica private tour

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This tour will lead you to discover the hidden history of Venice, the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco. You will visit the magnificent palace and admire masterpieces that boast the signature of great artists such as Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese, the bridge of sighs and the old prison. This tour will also reveal the secrets of the painters who painted the splendid paintings and the hidden history of the Venetian Republic: who was the 121 Doge of Venice, whose history was erased by the Republic, you will learn the history of the painter who was burned by the inquisition, the painter who was accused of witchcraft and the tragic history of the Doge’s son and who is the unknown architect of the basilica. Some of these histories are taken from original documents of the State Archive of Venice. The Tickets for the Doge's Palace are not included and will be bought directly on the spot with priority access. Skip the line for the basilica is active from April to October.
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Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour of St Mark Square and its Basilica with Optional Boat Tour

Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour of St Mark Square and its Basilica with Optional Boat Tour

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See Venice’s most enchanting sights through the eyes of a local with this private, 2-hour tour of St. Mark’s Square and its magnificent monuments. Get priority access to the glittering, Italo-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, and stroll through the charming alleys and backstreets that surround it with an art historian guide. Add an optional boat ride through the city’s famous canals for a quintessential Venetian experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Discovery Walk in Venice’s Castello and San Marco: what the guidebooks left out

Discovery Walk in Venice’s Castello and San Marco: what the guidebooks left out

When was your last ‘a-ha!’ discovery moment? This fun self-guided walk takes you through the Castello District and towards Venice’s Crown Jewel, piazza San Marco. Once you arrive at the most famous site in the city you will realise that its fame and beauty hide many secrets and mysteries that are left out of the guidebooks. And that is what this experience is all about! Follow in the footsteps of our local creator Marc – a Venice-based guide and musician, solve location-based riddles, and discover the lesser-known side to the Floating City. This playful walk across Venice’s Castello and San Marco sharpens your senses and encourages you to appreciate the most wonderful – and often hidden – details around you. Whether you know Venice or just start exploring here, this experience gives you a perspective on discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next. You can fully enjoy this experience of connecting with the city while staying in your own group.
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Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Doge's palace and Saint Mark's basilica are two of the most important places in the city. If you do not want to miss a single detail and would like to discover the ancient and interesting stories about these places, the best choice is to let an expert guide help you. You will visit the majestic Basilica first and with our local guide you will have the chance to discover a lot more about the history and the anecdotes related to this great and iconic place. Continue your visit reaching the panoramic terrace and admire the amazing view on Saint Mark's square. Next destination? Doge's palace. Your guide will show you the most interesting paintings in the museum, including some of Tintoretto’s and Tiziano’s masterpieces. In this incredible place you will lose track of time and you will fly with your imagination to the past when the beautiful halls of the palace were full of people discussing the future of Venice.
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 Skip The Line: 2-hours Private Tour of The Doge's Palace and St Mark Basilic.

Skip The Line: 2-hours Private Tour of The Doge's Palace and St Mark Basilic.

This 2-hour private tour gives you enough time to discover the top two attractions of the City of Bridges.Do not worry about the queue! With the Skip the Line Access, you will be guaranteed to be among the first ones to enter! Meet you expert local guide in San Marco Square and head straight inside the Doge's Palace. Discover the history of this wonderful building that changes color depending on the light. Let yourself be enveloped by the amazing frescoed halls by Tintoretto and visit the new prisons connected to it through the famous Bridge of Sights.The next stop will be the Basilica, one of the most important historical and religious attractions. The Basilica’s spectacular construction combines different styles and despite the passing of the years and restructurings, it has always maintained its uniqueness. Choose the morning tour or the afternoon tour! If you are travelling on Sunday, please, do not forget to book the afternoon option, the Basilica is open only in the afternoon!
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  • 2 hours
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Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour Including St Mark Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour Including St Mark Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

This is a private  6-hour guided walking tour of Venice and includes a trip on one of the city’s iconic gondolas. The tour includes skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges Palace. You see many of Venice’s famous landmarks including the Rialto Bridge and what better way  to end the tour than a leisurely trip along Venice’s canals on a gondola!  Entrance fees are included.
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 Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

A day trip to Venice from Rome takes careful planning, and with this guided tour you’ll take in the city’s highlights in just hours. Make the most of every minute by meeting your guide directly at the train station save time with skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Take in other iconic sights like the Rialto Bridge and end your day with a traditional gondola ride.
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Skip the Line St Marks Basilica and Doge s Palace Tour

Skip the Line St Marks Basilica and Doge s Palace Tour

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St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges Palace are two of Venice’s most compelling attractions, and they have the crowds and lines to match. With this tour, breeze past the admission lines and have more time to explore the Basilica’s golden mosaics and statues, and the Palace’s art masterpieces and Bridge of Sighs.
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Venice Walking Tour with Gondola ride, St Mark cathedral and Doge’s palace

Venice Walking Tour with Gondola ride, St Mark cathedral and Doge’s palace

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Stroll Venice’s streets and squares, glide under the Bridge of Sighs in a gondola, explore the Doge’s Palace, including its dungeons, and discover St. Mark’s Basilica on this expertly curated half-day tour. Your guide introduces artists such as Tintoretto and Titian, and the role of St. Mark in Venetian history: With no more than 12 travelers in your group, you’re guaranteed plenty of interaction.
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Venice:Doge's Palace and the Golden Basilica Skip the line Guided tour and More

Venice:Doge's Palace and the Golden Basilica Skip the line Guided tour and More

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best for those visiting Venice in day or two. most popular attractions without having to wait in massive lines on this half-day tour. Marvel at the monuments of St. Mark’s Square, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the magnificent Doge’s Palace, then visit St. Mark’s Basilica, the Golden Basilica. Also included is an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
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Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Experience the two most quintessential things in Venice with a gondola ride and a tour of St. Mark's Basilica. See the sights of the canal city from the water during a 35-minute gondola cruise, followed by a guided tour of the Byzantine jewel of St. Mark's.
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Venice in one Day combined city tour with Skip the line

Venice in one Day combined city tour with Skip the line

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If you’re looking to see most of Venice’s well-known sights all in one day, put your trust in this fun combination day tour. This package includes a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, a walking tour of the city, and a boat tour along the city’s most secluded canals. Plus, it gives you a skip-the-line privilege at Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and at St. Mark's Basilica.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Venice: Grand Canal by gondola & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

Venice: Grand Canal by gondola & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

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Take a 90-minute gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal and see some of the city’s famous landmarks. Pass by Mozart’s House, La Fenice Theatre, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collections, and more. Then enjoy a guided tour, with skip-the-line admission, of the exquisite St. Mark’s Basilica to discover its beautiful Byzantine art and architecture. End the tour with a visit to a local glass factory to see local craftsmen at work.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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