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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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Full day best of Venice private guided tour with Doges Palace and Murano Island

Full day best of Venice private guided tour with Doges Palace and Murano Island

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3-Days Private tour among Venice, Verona and Treviso with a Top Guide

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This 3 days tour gives you the privilege to visit 3 of the most beautiful City of Italy. The 6 hour Venice tour will gives you the opportunity to visit the main attractions of Venice, including a trip on the typical Gondola . You will visit the magnificent St. Mark Basilica and the Doges Palace, without the hustle of waiting in line to buy the tickets. Your guide will have them reserved for you!While staying in Venice you cannot miss a trip to the nearby city of Treviso.The so called “Little Venice” is easily reachable by train from Venice’s main train station, start your journey and meet your guide at Treviso Train Station. Thanks to this private tour, you will get to enjoy Treviso with the expertise of a local guide that will show you in 3 hours all the main attractions.If you are staying in Venice you cannot miss a trip to the city of love, Verona.In just 2 hours you will get to see the most important sites of the city, including where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was set.
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Venice: Best of Venice Private Walking Tour

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Thanks to the elegance of its monuments, San Marco Square is rightly considered the great “Salotto,” or drawing room, of Venice. Explore the graceful heart of Venice on a 2-hour walking tour seeing San Marco’s beautiful buildings and Doge Palace from the outside. See the grand Old Law Courts and Clock Tower around St. Mark's Square, and learn all about the magnificent Basilica and Campanile. Continue to the Venetian Gothic Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Doges of Venice. The exquisite palace took on its present form in the 15th-century. Admire the beautiful white marbles of the loggiato, and really get to know Venice along the way. To be sure, this tour is the perfect way to get introduced to Venice's classical sights and learn the fascinating history of the City of Water.
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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's After Hours Small Group Tour

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Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Skip the Line

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Byzantine Venice Walking tour with St Mark's Basilica and Gondola ride

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The Treasures of Venice: Golden Basilica, Grand Canal tour and Panoramic tour

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Private exclusive Venice and Murano full day guided tour

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Avoid the crowds and long lines of Venice on this private and customized tour by foot and by boat. In the company of an art historian guide, explore Venice and Murano's top attractions, as well as some off the beaten path, and skip the long line to enter St. Mark's Basilica.
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