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
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From US$ 99.57 per person

Likely to sell out

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.

About this activity

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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 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.
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

4.9 /5

based on 178 reviews

Review summary

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

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There is no better way to discover the Basilica! No queues, crowds, noise, it's a private discovery, out of time, in this magnificent monument. The mosaics are spectacular, enhanced by the lighting. And to top it off, the guide, Grazia, was adorable and exciting to listen to! I highly recommend this tour!

July 24, 2022

Unforgettable experience with Romy as a guide, a real native of Venice so we feel that she likes to make us discover the beauty of her city, the basilica and its history. Even though we didn't speak much English we understood a lot. She was very dynamic all the way, we were captivated with a few touches of humor. We keep a great memory.

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July 24, 2022

Our guide Pamela was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the Basillica, as well as the Venetian people, and eager to answer all our questions. The group was 3 families with a total of 7 people. There were 3 other small groups also touring. We were given access to the original crypt of St. Mark, something not allowed during regular visits. The guard had the Basillica dimly lit upon entering the sanctuary. When everyone was seated, he turned off all the lights and gradually lit the sanctuary. The impact was incredible. I have waited almost 20 years to see the Basillica de San Marcos and this went above and beyond my expectations. It was even better when I saw how long the lines were for entry the next day. This is the only way to go in my opinion. I would do it over again in a heartbeat.

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July 13, 2022

Product ID: 53660