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Byzantine Venice: Walking Tour and St. Mark's Basilica

Product ID: 347521
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Discover Venice's eastern influences in this 2-part tour that explores the hidden gems of St. Mark's Square as well as the history of St. Mark's Basilica.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration 2.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Audio guide/headphones
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

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  • Discover hidden gems in St. Mark's Square
  • Learn interesting facts about Venice's history and present
  • Stroll through "campos", Venice's small, picturesque squares
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Admire the Pala d'Oro and other unique Byzantine art
Full description
Meet your professional tour guide in St. Mark’s Square to begin the adventure through Venice’s labyrinth of callis (alleys). Cross over picturesque bridges, stroll through hidden squares, and discover the heart of this Italian city.

Admire Doge’s palace, the Clock Tower, and the Procuratie before continuing on to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you will learn the history of the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church and its famous Pantheon. Visit the Scuola Grande di San Marco, also knowns as “Great School of Charity”, from the outside before heading back to St. Mark’s to discover the Malibran Theatre. Step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life in Venice, to explore the city's main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.  

The first part of the tour will end around 10:45 AM. After some free time, the tour will regroup to visit the Basilica at 12:00 PM. To avoid any delays, we kindly ask all guests to return to the meeting point at 11:45 AM.

Save time with skip-the-line access to the Basilica and marvel at the place where Eastern and Western architecture collide in a collection of golden mosaics and marble inlays. Learn about unique masterpieces of Byzantine art and take a peek at the Pala d’Oro, the high altar retable with its thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica
  • Personal headsets
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to Doge's Palace
  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Under the arches on the left of the Clock Tower in St Mark's Square

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks
Know before you go
• Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the activity.
• Please provide or show a copy of your voucher to our staff (holding a TURIVE signboard).
• Kindly note that the Basilica holds the right to deny entry based on dress code (no bare knees or shoulders permitted).
• For security reasons, backpacks and bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and must be left at the free deposit available on Calle San Basso. Travelers are kindly advised to travel light in order to avoid long lines at the deposit.
• No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals.
• The tour will take place rain or shine. In the event of an exceptional high tide, it might be cancelled and a refund will be provided.
• The tour may be multilingual in the Winter season (depending on the number of participants).

From US$ 68.17 per person

Organized by

Gray Line Venice - Park Viaggi

Product ID: 347521