Guided tour

Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

From US$ 44.14 per person

Don't miss out becoming an insider in Venice! On this essential guided tour, you will be intrigued by the fascinating history of La Serenissima and discover what it is like to live in this unique city.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica through the St. Peter’s Door with skip the line access
  • Visit the Basilica interior and hear a detailed description of the gold mosaics
  • Admire the Museum, the horses and the Terrace
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Terrace and Museum visit
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet next to Piazza San Marco in Calle dell'Asciensione between Museo Correr and the Post Office.

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    Important information

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    • Please note that during 1st November til 31st March tour could be bilingual.
    • Free for children under the age of 6.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    3.9 /5

    based on 955 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.3/5
    • Value for money
      3.5/5
    • Service
      3.9/5
    • Organization
      3.6/5

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    The tour itself was very interesting and exciting. The entrance also worked without any problems and fairly quickly (you should make sure that you wear appropriate clothing and have the 3G proof + ID with you). Unfortunately, the tour was delayed a bit by two people who came too late and it also seemed very stressed towards the end. From the roof terrace on it was very stressed and then left the cathedral pretty quickly. We would have liked to have spent more time on the terrace. The German was great and you could understand everything through the headphones. Then we could go to a glassworks near the cathedral to see a glass blower. Was a great short performance and free.

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    October 10, 2021

    Very good guide, very knowledgable.

    Meeting place was not as indicated via the "Meeting Place" GPS - was on other side of Square, however they did have a sign and called (after standing in the wrong line twice). Had to exchange the online voucher for a real ticket. You must be online (so you can click the link) as the PDF does not have all the tour info needed. Tour was very good, however would have like to finish with even an unguided (just given access) to the balcony areas.

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    June 18, 2019

    St. Marks Basilica amazing

    Met with the guide in museum corner as directed for the 11.50 tour. Then taken through the square where we met with another guide, to get our radio headsets. We then waited until 12.30 before we were taken into the Basilica! The guide was very informative and gave a great history of the building and the stories behind the artistry. The tour lasted less than an hour. We were given the option at the end of going to see some glass blowing or to go upstairs to the rooftop of the Basilica which we chose to do at an extra €5 each. This gave a birds eye view of St Marks Sq. and put across the lagoon.

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    June 7, 2019

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