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

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

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8,995 Reviews
Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124

The Basics

Popular and perpetually busy, St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice. Avoid the long lines and save time skip-the-line tickets 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 interior, given the complexity of its art and architecture.

A guided private or small-group evening tour 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.

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$94.23 per adult
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Great tour and amazing guide!
The tour was wonderful and very informational. The guide Mattia was so passionate about the history in Venice overall that listening to him was exciting! I could have listened to him talk all night long. Def would recommend
Kira_L, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
star-5
great tour - would do it again
Boris_H, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Friendly, knowledgeable guide who tailored the tour to our needs and amended the route when our daughter started feeling unwell. Arranged for a rooftop viewing of Venice when a visit to St. Mark's turned out to be impractical due to COVID
star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
star-5
Great tour and amazing guide!
Kira_L, Sep 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
The tour was wonderful and very informational. The guide Mattia was so passionate about the history in Venice overall that listening to him was exciting! I could have listened to him talk all night long. Def would recommend
star-5
Excellent guide!
Kelly_P, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Georgia was a great guide - enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and considerate. She worked with our group to individualize each person’s experience.
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great guide!
Jeff_S, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Martina was an incredible guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She breathed life into the tour.
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Our tour guide Nicolette...
Janet_S, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Our tour guide Nicolette was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone was having a good time.
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The tour guide was great....
Matthew_F, Sep 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
The tour guide was great. There isn’t much else to say but there is a 100 character minimum. So there you go.
star-4
A nice intro to monumental Venice
Nuno_F, Sep 2021
Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Skip the Line
Very nice tour with the main details explained. Iole, the guide, was super knowledgeable of all things venetian,and took her time answering our questions about the art or the architecture and history of both Basilica and Palace.
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Great insights
Stephanie_G, Sep 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
We were really impressed by literally everything we saw on this tour. And trust me, you have to walk a lot. But it is totally worth it. From the Doge’s palace and its prison to the Basilica. Great piece of history and great explanation. Must see when in Venice.
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Great way to see Venice treasures
Carol_R, Sep 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Fantastic tour. Ana was so passionate and educated about Venice. Loved it! Small group, skip the lines and a great introduction to Venice.
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Inspiring St Mark's Basilica Illumination
William_K, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Taking the last tour of the day of the Doge Palace was quite nice. Minimal crowds allowed us to take in the history and interact with our guide without distraction. As beautiful as the palace was the basilica was truly inspiring. The afterhours access was amazing as we were the only group of visitors in the church. Entering the dimly lit cathedral we all sat down and the ceiling mosaics were illuminated one at a time until the whole cathedral was lit up - WOW!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries.

  • 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).

  • Both St. Mark's Basilica and the nearby Doge's Palace are wheelchair accessible.

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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.

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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).

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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—is older than even 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.

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