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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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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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Kids Walking Tour Through Venice's Treasures

Kids Walking Tour Through Venice's Treasures

Discover the main highlights of the city of Venice in 3 hours. With our private child friendly guide you will visit the world-known St Mark's Basilica with its museum. Then your tour proceed with the visit of the Doge Palace. A Venice experience is not complete without a water tour: at the end of 3 hours, you will have a 30 minutes ride on a gondola (private just for your family). Enjoy our kids tour of Venice! Your tour includes a Murano Blowing glass demo held true venetian master in a Blowing Glass Factory.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Essential Venice: 2 hour small group walking tour

Essential Venice: 2 hour small group walking tour

Experience the true essence of Venice on a small-group walking tour of the sights in and around St. Mark's Square. See show-stoppers like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace from the outside, then make the most of your time as you bypass the crowds and head into the narrow backstreets for a look at hidden treasures, while learning the city’s intriguing history along the way. Afterwards, your guide can help arrange a private gondola tour for a grand finale.
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  • 2 hours
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The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

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If you only have a limited amount of time in Venice, this private tour ensures you spend it wisely. Explore the city and Murano by foot and by boat and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the tour to your interests and skipping the line at such top attractions as the basilica of St Mark's Basilica.
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  • 6 hours
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Essential Venice, Private Walking Tour, 2 hrs

Essential Venice, Private Walking Tour, 2 hrs

This 2-hour tour of Venice highlights is the ultimate walking tour if you only have one day. in the magical city. Stroll with a guide who accompanies up to 8 adults in your private party; enjoy exterior views of major landmarks, such as the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Set out in the morning or afternoon, allowing you to plan for meals and any extra sightseeing independently.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Venice Shore Excursion with Gondola Ride

Private Venice Shore Excursion with Gondola Ride

Spend an unforgettable day at port with this completely private shore excursion in Venice including a city tour and romantic gondola ride along the city famous canals. Skip the line at the magnificent St. Mark's Cathedral, where you'll admire the glittering Palo d’Oro, and take a tour through centuries of Venetian history and intrigue at the Doge’s Palace. Round-trip transfers from the cruise terminal make for a seamless, stress-free experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

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Visiting Venice with kids in tow? This private sightseeing tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace; enjoy a walking tour of St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs; and discover the Byzantine treasures of St Mark's Museum. Stop along the way to tuck into a complimentary ice cream, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a 30-minute ride along the Venetian canals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Venice in 2 days tour including Gondola Ride and Islands Tour by Private Boat

Venice in 2 days tour including Gondola Ride and Islands Tour by Private Boat

A private 2-day tour to fully experience the City of Bridges, discovering its secrets and exploring it from every corner with a professional local guide, who will tell you about history, art, culture and architecture. With the skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and Basilic, you will not waste precious time to admire the beauties of these two majestic symbols of Venice. The first day, a 4.5 hour tour, includes the main highlights of the City as the Rialto Bridge, Doge's palace, Basilic and much more.... What a better way to end your first day in Venice with a romantic gondola ride through the Grand Canal! On your second day, you will have the privilege to admire Venice by sea with its three major islands of the Lagoon in a 6-hour boat tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello! Sailing with a private boat through the islands, it’s a unique emotion!
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Byzantine Venice Tour and Gondola Ride

Byzantine Venice Tour and Gondola Ride

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Discover the highlights of Venice with a half-day tour featuring a gondola ride and a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square. With this tour, you’ll enjoy a guided walk around the monuments of St. Mark’s Square, then glide down the canals on a traditional Venetian gondola boat, and then explore the unique Byzantine-Romanesque-Gothic architecture of St. Mark's Basilica with a guide.
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  • 3 hours
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The Best of Venice - Private Boat Tour

The Best of Venice - Private Boat Tour

This tour offers you the possibility of knowing the really best of this truly unique city in the World, being guided by a local & professional English speaking guide, who will be there for any wish or need you may have, and she would passionately describe you, while showing, Venice's History & best secrets. The tour will be walking, and then 1h on a private boat tour will just make everything unforgettable, seeing Venice from the water will be just astonishing, as you will be feeling like a celebrity on your own boat!
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  • 3 hours
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Private 2 or 3 Hour Walking Tour of Venice with private official tour guide

Private 2 or 3 Hour Walking Tour of Venice with private official tour guide

Explore Venice with the benefit of a private walking tour that covers famous monuments and lesser-known sights. Hear live commentary from your guide as you see Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, and Saint Mark's Square, and go inside Saint Mark´s Basilica (admission ticket included). Learn about the architecture, art, and history of Venice on a walking tour that proceeds at a leisurely pace.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Venice City Tour and Gondola Ride

Private Venice City Tour and Gondola Ride

Ideally suited for first-time visitors, or anyone short on time, this action-packed sightseeing tour serves as the perfect Venice primer. Get an inside peek at the world-famous Byzantine mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica, and cross the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Tours include pre-booked admission tickets, plus an exclusive bonus ride at the end of the tour: a relaxing gondola ride through Venice’s most cherished lagoons.
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Venice Private Tour of the Historical Monuments

Venice Private Tour of the Historical Monuments

Capped at eight people for a personalized experience, this private walking tour covers the highlights of Venice in a single stroll—the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line admission tickets to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, and save the hours-long wait for more sightseeing. You’ll also head to the history-packed Bridge of Sighs during this scenic Venice crash course.
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Venice Shore Excursion: Private Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Shore Excursion: Private Tour and Gondola Ride

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When planning a cruise stop in Venice, spend an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most romantic maritime cities with a private shore excursion. After meeting a local tour escort at the cruise terminal, travel in a private boat to the political and cultural heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Skip the long entrance queues with priority access to spectacular St Mark’s Basilica and the Gothic Doge’s Palace, and then enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience with a private 30-minute gondola ride through the city’s famed canals.
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Venice: a private walking tour through the main highlights

Venice: a private walking tour through the main highlights

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First-time visitors in Venice will get to know its history and best-known monuments on this 3-hour tour for a private group of up to 10 people. Depart from St. Mark's Square and visit the Basilica and Doge's Palace. Gaze upon the Rialto Bridge from a palace rooftop and take in the aristocratic elegance of the Grand Canal, all while strolling the side streets with an art historian as your guide.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Venice Highlights : City tour 2 hours and Murano boat tour

Venice Highlights : City tour 2 hours and Murano boat tour

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Feel like a VIP as a private guide shows you Venice’s must-see attractions, starting with a personalized tour of the monuments of St. Mark’s Square. Learn the long, illustrious history of the Venetian Republic inside the Doge’s Palace and glittering St. Mark’s Basilica, and then cruise across the lagoon for a look at the glass-making heritage of Murano island. All water taxi service is arranged for a seamless half-day adventure.
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  • 4 hours
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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

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Want to see the Dolomites, tour Venice and save money at the same time? Book this Venice Super Saver, which combines two best-selling tours at a 10-percent discount, and spread your sightseeing over two days. Start with a Dolomites day trip to visit Lake Santa Caterina, the ski village of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain range, and then take a tour of the Venice on the second day. Bypass the entrance lines outside St Mark’s Basilica, explore the city by foot and, finally, finish with a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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Express Tour Of Venice Highlights

Express Tour Of Venice Highlights

Venice is thick with magnificent sights, and it can be hard to know where to begin. Get an overview of the highlights in just hours with this guided tour. Meet in St. Mark’s Square for a peek inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Save hours with skip-the-line tickets to the Doge’s Palace, giving you time to admire the Bridge of Sighs and Grand Canal before heading to Murano for a glass-blowing demonstration.
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  • 2 hours
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Wonders of Venice for Kids with Gondola Ride

Wonders of Venice for Kids with Gondola Ride

Experience an immersion into Venice's Aristocracy, its Art and architectural heritage over time with this family centered tour! Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic Sea” and recognized by UNESCO, Venice offers breathtaking sites as one of the most unique cities in the world. Make your children the stars of the show as a child expert guide will center the tour around them and engage them into the discovery of Venice. Access the Doge's Palace, a symbol of wealth and power of past rulers of Venice, with priority entrance to learn about Venetian history and admire its Art. Discover the Bridge of Sighs and the legends it holds. After a break, during which you may opt to view a Murano Blowing glass demo held by true venetian master in a Blowing Glass Factory, enjoy a Gondola ride with your family for an authentic Venetian Experience!
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Shore Excursion: Venice Exclusive Private walking tour with a licensed tour guide (No Groups)

Shore Excursion: Venice Exclusive Private walking tour with a licensed tour guide (No Groups)

Avoid the hassle of crowded, rushed group tours on this private walking tour of Venice that is exclusively for you and your party. Explore Venice's gems, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, and the Doge's Palace, and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the itinerary to your preferences.
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$427.71
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Private Venice City Tour

Private Venice City Tour

Get a personalized introduction to the most important monuments of Venice with this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Instead of wandering alone or getting lost among a large group, let a guide reveal the ancient history and secrets of the gilded church and palace in a presentation just for your party. There’s much more than meets the eye inside, if you just know where to look.
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$206.23
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Public Tour: Power and Religion in Venice

Public Tour: Power and Religion in Venice

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Get ready for an action-packed day learning about Venice’s fascinating political past and its impressive religious sites. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll save hours researching and planning your itinerary, and your guide will enhance your tour with local stories that you wouldn’t hear about otherwise. You’ll visit Doge’s Palace, and St Mark’s Basilica, with skip-the-line tickets included so you don’t waste time waiting in crowds.
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Walking Tour in Venice

Walking Tour in Venice

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Venice as you’ve never seen before and marvel at amazing panoramic views • Stroll down the narrow alleys of Venice and encounter enchanting squares • Receive that local touch with the professional guide as you see the main highlights of Venice - Join an amazing one and a half tour, as Venice is a fascinating maze of narrow streets, beautiful & elegant palaces, and imposing churches: we make sure you don't miss a thing during an enlightening walking tour led by our professional guides.
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Byzantine Venice

Byzantine Venice

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Venice is one of the world’s most visited destinations, but you’ll beat the crowds on this in-depth guided tour, which includes skip-the-line access to the Basilica of San Marco and Doge’s Palace. Listen to private commentary on the history and architecture of the fabled Renaissance city as you travel between sights with your own personal guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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