Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

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

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 101.23 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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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 has ever been able to, aside from the doge himself. There is no standing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists and no crowd noise. Instead, you are alone with your guide and the custodian. In tranquility and peace, experience the Basilica. You can even go where the others cannot during the day. 

See the crypt where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Plus, you can see the walls stained by the past floods that 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 is passionate about Venetian art and history. 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 come from in one 1-hour tour.

Includes
  • After-hours access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Live guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
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

Meet just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in St. Mark's square. Once in the square, on 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

  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 204 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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We don't do a lot of tours, but after reading the reviews for this one, I decided to sign up. It was amazing. We were a part of a small group, and we basically had the entire basilica to ourselves while it was beautifully lit up and closed to the public. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and passionate about art history and architecture. It was a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

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November 13, 2022

What a magical experience. Our guide Marie Teresa was exceptional, so interesting and clear. She concentrated on the history of San Marco and its importance for Venice, and the artistic qualities of the mosaics and other architectural treasures. As an art historian, she has a wealth of expertise and her style is lively and engaging. This tour was definitely worth every penny and I would love to repeat it next time we are in Venice

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October 26, 2022

First I don't want to encourage you to do this. We got stuck on the other side of Venice and were 25 minutes late. I honestly don't remember her name. but a woman was standing at the entrance waiting for us. I had told my husband we were too late but he insisted on checking. As soon as we walked up she greeted us by name. We were in awe that she waited for us. She said the tour had started but they hadn't gone inside yet so she waited for us. I want to say she is amazing and made our night. Once we got in the church we were toured by Franchesca she is an Midevil Archeologist. And you can tell her knowledge was astounding. Her stories were amazing and I trust to be accurate. She just knew what she was talking about. She made this tour amazing. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to both ladies for making this a highlight of our trip. Everyone should ask for her by name because her tour was fantastic!!! Thank you both so much. From the 2 boys from Atlanta, GA. We appreciated you!!!

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October 11, 2022

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