Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 100.95 per person

Skip the long lines at St. Mark’s Basilica and admire it shimmering at night. See its opulent Pala d’Oro altar and collection of Byzantine art on a guided tour.

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Duration options: 2 hours
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  • Enjoy a nighttime guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Admire the basilica’s golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit
  • See some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world
  • Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the magnificent artworks
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
Full description
Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a nighttime guided tour. View impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your guide in the evening and step inside the illuminated St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, marvel at the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice guided tour
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
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  • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet 15 minutes before the tour departure near the water well at Piazzetta dei Leoncini (on the left hand side when facing the Saint Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's Square). Address: San Marco, 314, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy. Look for your guide who will be holding a sign with the local supplier's name on and an orange umbrella.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
    • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
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    4.9 /5

    based on 135 reviews

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    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!

    Visiting the Basilica after hours with only ten of us in the place at the time was a wonderful experience. There were large groups (60+) exiting as we went in, and another large group was getting ready to go in as we were leaving. This is truly an exclusive experience. You spend the first 30 minutes outside the church with the guide appreciating and learning about the frescoes, history, etc. and then you have an entire hour alone with the guide inside. Our guide Adriana, was fantastic - so passionate, knowledgeable and fun. So many stories. We learned a lot not only about the Basilica but about the Doges, Venice, Napoleon. It was truly moving to be able to soak in the beauty of the interior of the Basilica in peace and near solitude. I highly recommend this activity! Well worth the extra money.

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    October 29, 2017

    Our guide was so knowledgeable and kind. Very informative and fun. Small tour so it felt personable.

    September 5, 2019

    Francesca was great!

    June 5, 2019

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    Product ID: 75722

    VA ID: 397216