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Skip the line: The Golden Saint Mark’s Basilica



  • Skip the long line and visit the breathtaking Basilica of Saint Mark
  • Guided tour in the greatest byzantine masterpieces
  • Visit the Pala D’oro and Saint Mark’s Treasury

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A guided tour in one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world: The Saint Mark’s Basilica!
On this tour, escorted by a professional and passionate Guide, you will enjoy a full visit of this golden masterpiece of byzantine art, Skip the line: The Golden Basilica - - unique of its kind in Italy, you’ll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics (the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alonet!) and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.
Admire The Pala d’oro, exquisite example of the byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.
The Basilica is the perfect synthesis of Venetian art and a unique blend of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements with the Five Oriental-looking domes crown.

At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour “the Glass Craftsman at work” visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark’s square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.

  • Timetable: from monday to saturday at 12:00 PM
  • Languages: from April to October: English, German, Spanish and French: every day – Italian only on saturday. The visit is monolingual.
    From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday – German on Monday and Friday – French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday. The visit could be bilingual.
  • Duration: 1 hour (20 minutes more for the demonstration in St. Mark’s Square)

Additional information

Know before to go

-Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
– Free children under 6 years old
-Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
-During some days of high turnout or reasons of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St.Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide
-For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts).
-For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica: Prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark's Square, Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge but please allow sufficient time!
-Mobile vouchers are accepted
– Optional Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square at the end of the tour.

Meeting point

ST. MARK’S SQUARE – CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade).
Our assistant will wait for you with a signboard in which is written "TOUR".
Please, be there 15 minutes before the departure time


-Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide. From April to October is monolingual, from November to March the visit can be bilingual.
-Skip the Line: the Basilica and Pala d’Oro guided tour.
-Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people.
-Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.

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