Saint Mark's Basilica

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  • Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    1. Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge...

    It was a very pleasant experience. A very, very good tour guide, Ifigenia, well documented, good English. Found out a lot of information. I want to give my thanks to this wonderful guide. Recomand

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    2. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    3. Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

    Very good tour. Small group. Meeting point on other side of square which was a little confusing. Brilliant guide.

  • St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    4. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent interiors and see its collections of Byzantine art. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

  • Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

    5. Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

    Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms, immersed in hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the cold Prisons Palace, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova. Visit the museum in Saint Mark’s square at your own leisure. Head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, known also as the Golden Basilica, thanks to its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn about the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist in, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square. A glass craftsman will create a unique item in front of your eyes. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the terrace of the Basilica. See the best of Venice, day or night, on...

    Highly recommended tour. The Great Hall at the Doge Palace was super impressive. The guide had interesting stories to tell as well. I would definitely go with a guided tour.

  • Venice: City Walking Tour

    6. Venice: City Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque square...

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    7. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

  • Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    8. Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, hung with hundreds of painted masterpieces . Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic. Travel back to the Middle Ages as you discover the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase, and relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova and many others. Next, tour St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, and savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and enjoy the art treasures in the Treasury, c...

    Our guide was incredible! She was so knowledgeable and friendly and we learned a ton. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour and company to anyone visiting Venice!

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour

    9. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour

    Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Li...

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

    10. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

    Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide te...

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Basilica's opening hours are from 9:45AM to 5:00PM, and on Sundays and holidays between 2:00PM and 4:00PM or 5:00PM depending on the season. Entrance to the Basilica is free, but visiting the museum, treasury, or Pala d'Oro requires paying for tickets.

  • What to wear?

    Whether you're booking a tour or intend to visit Saint Mark's Basilica alone, be sure to dress appropriately for a place of worship! A general rule of thumb is to keep arms and legs covered (and no flip-flops!). Also note that bringing luggage in is forbidden, as is filming or taking photographs inside.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:45AM to 5:00PM, Sundays and Holidays 2:00PM to 4:00PM or 5:00PM, depending on season.
  • Is it expensive?
    The Basilica is free, but the museum, treasury and Pala d'Oro require admission fees.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information
    Bringing in luggage, filming or taking photographs inside is strictly forbidden. | It's best to keep your arms and legs covered, and no flip-flops!

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What people are saying about Saint Mark's Basilica

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 16,536 reviews

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

Francesca was knowledgable and fun. Tour just the right length with enough detail. A bit pricey but worth it. Still queued about 60 minutes partly due to COVID checks. Remember to take your vaccination certificate as well as ID! Should be highlighted when booking.

We had Marina as Guide and she was just brillant! She was easy to listen to and was able to answer every question. We could really hear her passion for the history and Venice. Can only recommend!

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

Superb. Very knowledgeable guide. Entertaining and I got so much more out of my tour than the last time I went.