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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)

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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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
$103.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Far exceeded expectations!
Amazing is not an exaggeration. The palace and basilica were stunning. But the guide Susan truly exceeded her responsibilities and …due to unique circumstances of off-season and Covid reduced crowds…was able to give us a real behind the scenes look at the cathedral. She is a wealth of knowledge and actively thought about how to make our tour more special. And boy did it work.
Troy_B, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
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-4
A wetter than usual Venice
Amerigo_C, Jan 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Our guide, Pamela, was extremely knowledgeable about Venice’s history and pointed out some very interesting features of the city’s history as well as the two buildings we toured in detail. But Piazza San Marco was flooded at the start of the tour by high water in the canals, and my traveling party had to deal with a cold rain as we walked around in the evening. That took away from our experience, but the tour guide Pamela was terrific.
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Great way to see the...
Charles_H, Dec 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Great way to see the cathedral and palace. Biggest benefit was skipping the lines. Tour leader was informative and enthusiastic which we greatly enjoyed.
star-5
Great experience in Venice!
Elena_S, Dec 2021
Best of Venice Walking Tour with Gondola, St Mark's Basilica and Doge’s Palace
Very educational tour. Our guide, Susie, was engaging and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to everybody, especially families with kids and teenagers. E.S.
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Gabriela is the best!
Christopher_D, Dec 2021
Best of Venice Walking Tour with Gondola, St Mark's Basilica and Doge’s Palace
Gabriela our tour guide was knowledgeable and very nice to spend the day with. She explained the landmarks and history so well. The day was long but plenty packed full of information and beautiful landmarks.
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Best walking tour of Venice!
Michael_D, Dec 2021
Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
The four hour walking tour of Venice was terrific. The four hours were split pretty evenly between sites of Venice near St. Mark’s square and the “Basilica and Doge Palace”. We had separate guides for each of the two pats and each guide was excellent. They were knowledgable, courteous, humorous and interesting in what they shared about what we saw. If your going to Venice, the four hour walking tour is a must!
star-4
Amazing but very long
Iain_H, Dec 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Very informative tour and Susan was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and attentive. The tour was very long, but this was mentioned in the description, so just be aware of this and wear comfortable shoes and a warm coat, if you’re going in winter like we did. All in all, I’d recommend for a crash course if Venice!
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St. Mark’s: Fun & Fascinating!
Stephanie_S, Nov 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
One of the Highlights of our trip to Venice! Such a fun, respectful and informative tour. So grateful we chose this after hours tour. St. Mark’s Basilica exceeded all expectations as did the tour. Highly recommend!
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Fantastic tour! History and St Marks!
melissanelson3, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
We had an amazing private tour with Adrianna! We learned some great history of Venice and toured St Marks Basilica. Beautiful! Even though it was cool and rainy we enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend!
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Unexpectedly Awesome
Keith_K, Dec 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Our guide (Sara) was awesome! Took care of the group, and gave good information without going into too much detail. She kept our teenagers engaged throughout the tour - something no other guide has been able to do. The Cathedral is beautiful, but the Doges Palace was what was unexpected. The place was amazing and we were surprised how little attention this palace gets. It needs to be seen to be believed. This was a tour worth the price.
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Wonderful walking tour of Venice highlights for one day visit.
Larry_D, Nov 2021
Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
We were on a one day visit to Venice and this tour was very good for seeing highlights and experiencing some of the history during the walk. The walk of the tour was longer than I expected but very interesting thanks to our excellent tour guide Emmanuela. She shared interesting history and answered many of our questions. We did not do the gondola ride. Recommended tour!

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)