Venice: St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasures
Key Details
1 hour
Skip the Line
Mobile Voucher Accepted
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Live Guide
English, French, Italian
Wheelchair Accessible

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What You'll Do
  • Avoid queuing at the Basilica'a main entrance
  • Learn the thousand-year long history of St Mark's Cathedral from a privileged seat at the centre of the church
  • Access 2 places generally closed to the public: the Baptistery and the Zen Chapel
  • Admire the Treasure of St Mark’s Cathedral where there's hundreds of valuable pieces of Byzantine and Islamic art
  • See St Mark’s Pala d’Oro, regarded as one of the most precious objects in the world
Discover the secrets of St. Mark's Basilica on an exclusive tour that takes you to 2 hidden areas usually closed to the public. Admire the priceless treasures enshrined in the city's most famous church and marvel at the basilica's Byzantine architecture.
What to Expect
Thanks to an exclusive itinerary inaccessible to other visitors, this tour allows you to discover several hidden places of St Mark’s Cathedral, one of the most popular attractions in Venice.

The visit starts in the centre of the church where you will be comfortably seated as you listen to the fascinating thousand-year long history of the basilica. Then you will be accompanied into two locations usually closed to the public: the Baptistery and the Zen Chapel.

Decorated with remarkable 14th century mosaics, the Baptistery houses the baptismal font, the gravestone of Jacopo Sansovino and the tomb of Andrea Dandolo, Venice’s last Doge buried in St Mark’s Cathedral. Then, move on to the Zen Chapel. Converted into a chapel in honor of the Cardinal Zen, the Zen Chapel was once the entrance into the Cathedral from the shore.

Next, you have a chance to admire the Treasure of St Mark’s Cathedral, housed in two rooms representing the only remaining relics of the former Venice Doge’s Palace. The Treasure, 283 unique pieces of mainly Byzantine and Islamic art, comprises splendid liturgical objects and a collection of reliquaries of the Cathedral.

The visit will then move on to the major altar, which enshrines St Mark’s remains and the magnificent Pala D'Oro, open to the public only during major celebrations. Considered one of the most precious objects in the world, the Pala d'Oro is made of gilded silver strips and decorated with precious stones and enamels.
What's Included
  • Guided Visit
  • Skip-the-line entry to St Mark's Cathedral
  • Entry to Treasure of St. Mark's Cathedral
  • Entry to Pala d'Oro (Golden Pall)
  • Entry to Zen Chapel (if it is possible)
  • Entry to Baptistery
What's Not Included
  • Anything not mentioned under "inclusions"
Meeting Point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

What to Remember
In case of exceptionally high water, the tour will not take place. In those circumstances, ask Basilica staff for directions.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

This is not a private tour, there may be other participants on the tour with you.

Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire. Large bags are not permitted in the Basilica.

For reasons of force majeure, the Cappella Zen might be not accessible.

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