Guided tour

Venice St. Mark’s Basilica After Hours: 1.5-Hour Tour

Venice St. Mark’s Basilica After Hours: 1.5-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 92.86 per person

Experience St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours visit. Explore one of the most famous sites in Venice and one of the world’s most magnificent churches without the lines or crowds. See places that aren’t open to daytime visitors.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy after-hours access to St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice’s most popular landmark
  • Explore special areas not usually seen by visitors
  • Marvel at the 43,000 square feet of illuminated mosaics that are even more breathtaking at night
Full description
Your guide will meet you at St. Mark’s Square for this special after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. With thrilling anecdotes and swashbuckling stories, your guide will tell you about the history of Venice and St. Mark’s. Hear how the Basilica received its precious relics via a 9th-century kidnapping. Passersby will wonder where you are going as a custodian unlocks the Basilica’s doors for you to enter. Inside, take a deep breath as you experience St. Mark’s Basilica as almost no one else ever has ever been able to, aside from the doge himself. There is no standing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists and no noise from the crowds. Instead, you are alone with your guide and the custodian. Experience the Basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace. You can even go where others, visiting during the day, cannot. See the crypt where the bones of St. Mark are said to actually be kept. Plus, you can see the walls stained by the past floods that have devastated Venice. The crypt used to be flooded every time high tide hit the city. The evening is also the best time to visit because it is the time of day that the mosaics are at their most beautiful. All 43,000 square feet are illuminated, glimmering and sparkling in the dark. Your guide for this tour is an expert, passionate about Venetian art and history and about sharing it with you in the most fun way possible. Hear the tale of how St. Mark’s became St. Mark’s, a story that pivots on a kidnapping and a dangerous sea voyage. Learn where the precious marbles decorating St. Mark’s really come from on a 1-hour tour that will leave you with lasting memories.
  • After-hours access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • 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
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meeting Point: Just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124 Meeting Point Directions: On St. Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations
  • The Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Your tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties; it is recommended to contact the local partner before the tour to make arrangements
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • This tour operates rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities
  • If you select the option that includes the Doge's Palace, there will be a break (up to 2 hours) between your visit to the Doge’s Palace and your after-hours tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • The maximum size of this small-group tour is 20 participants
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 132 reviews

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Such an amazing experience. There were 8 of us plus the guide and we sat in darkness, waiting for the lights to be turned on and once they were, the mosaics were breathtaking! Our guide gave us a history of the basilica and then we went down to the crypt where St Mark's tomb once was and now the tombs of the Patriarchs of Venice lay. We then went to view the Pala d'Or and the high altar, both amazing! Our guide Elena was amazing (I know I uae the word a lot!) and I would highly recommend this tour. It may seem pricey but so worth it!

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August 31, 2020

We chose this St. Marks Basilica after hours tour due to all the crowds that are there during the day and we were constantly bumping into other tourists. This tour was worth the extra money. Our guide Marte ie. Matt was excellent! He explained so much about the Basilica itself, how and when and why it was built etc. We could walk around without crowds of other people inside and see different things. And the lighting inside at night is incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend this tour, for us it was a great way to learn about this fascinating place.

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September 20, 2019

Excellent tour.

This is a really good tour and you get to see the Basilica in peace. And, if you are lucky, you are allowed to take photos. The booking of it was easy on-line and there were good instructions about where to find the starting point. The tour guide was excellent, informative and amusing. All in all, it was brilliant!

September 16, 2018

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