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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124

The Basics

Popular and perpetually busy, St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice. Avoid the long lines and save time skip-the-line tickets or opt for an after-hours tour for private evening access. While the exterior is visited on just about every city sightseeing tour, a guided tour is the best way to experience the interior, given the complexity of its art and architecture.

A guided private or small-group evening tour offers a unique and intimate experience, and the basilica is located on St. Mark’s Square, so you can easily combine a basilica tour with a gondola ride and a Doge’s Palace tour.

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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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$92.31 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great small group tour of the essentials
Our second time to St Marks, first time with our daughter. Tour was just right, small group, just the basilica and the crypt, about an hour and a half did not go into the museum part of the basilica with the reliquaries. All the lights in the cathedral were on, fantastic!! Tour guide was informative and excellent. Tour did not go up to porticos or the viewing platform of St Marks square where the iconic 4 horses are so not super in depth BUT a perfect shorter tour for our 17 year old.
Peter_R, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-4
Two Highlights in Venice
Desnee_H, Jun 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
The tour was very informative. Our one disappointment was not being able to visit the gem-encrusted rood screen behind the altar which was the highlight of our former trip. Because of Covid the number of visitors to the screen is restricted and therefore most tours don’t include it because it would limit their numbers too much.
star-5
Amazing experience
Kelli_D, Jul 2022
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Our tour guide was amazing. We were running late and had an injured person in our party and she was able to secure a wheelchair for us. She was also very knowledgeable and very friendly
star-5
Great Experience with Nico
Danielius_J, Jul 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Nico was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and was very pleasant. Answered all questions and was extremely mindful to make sure everyone was comfortable in the heat. Would recommend recommend this your for those looking to get more information on the key Venice attractions.
star-5
A true joy in Venezia!
John_A, Jul 2022
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
Our guide was well-informed, engaging, and personable. He really ensured we learned about where we were, the history of the Basilica and Palace, and that we understood the importance of these places to the culture of Venezia. His passion showed through in how he explained things and shared his vast knowledge. He genuinely cared about our experience and tended to our questions and needs.
star-5
We have been very satisfied customers of Viator for many years now. Just like every other tour, this one was GREAT!
Steve, Jul 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Our tour guide was so well informed and did an excellent job of conveying her knowledge. The "skip the line" feature is SO! worth it too . . . especially when you arrive at your tour site and witness other people waiting and waiting in the hot sun, just to be able to purchase tickets. Our question is, why? Viator ALWAYS makes it so simple and pleasurable!
star-5
Great introduction to Venice
ALFREDO_Z, Jul 2022
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
Very knowledgeable and passionate local guide. Provides a great introduction to Venice. Guide brings you to less well-known neighborhoods so you see a side of Venice not many people see.
star-5
Nicola was an outstanding...
Gregory_H, Jul 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Nicola was an outstanding guide. Walks is well-organized and reliable. It was beneficial to be on a tour rather than on our own.
star-5
Great tour. Very informative and the perfect length.
LISA_F, Jul 2022
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
Great tour and tour guide. Lots of walking but manageable. Very informative. All the perfect highlights.
star-5
Excellent!
Lloyd_J, Jul 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
Both the palace and the Basilica were amazing . Our guide Erica was excellent and very informative. Hope we have her name right. She was very pleasant and made sure our whole group was well looked after.
star-5
Great
QIAN_C, Jul 2022
VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica
It was fun going through the secret prison path. Our guide is very knowledgeable. She showed us a lot and spoke English fluently.
star-5
Heading in to at marks...
Shelley_R, Jul 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Heading in to at marks after hours was well worth the extra money. So nice to enjoy without a massive number of people. Our guide, Victoria, was sensation, sharing the right amount of detail.
star-5
Great intro to Venice-short and sweet
Anna_K, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Small tour, knowledgeable guide who showed us around the less crowded Venice and explained the history ans symbolism found in the basilica.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries.

  • Like most churches in Italy, St. Mark’s Basilica requires visitors to wear appropriate clothing—no exposed shoulders, knees, or midriffs.

  • Large bags are not permitted in the basilica. Deposit any luggage at Ateneo di San Basso (in Piazzetta dei Leoncini).

  • Both St. Mark's Basilica and the nearby Doge's Palace are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The basilica is most crowded at midday, so begin or end your Venice tour with a morning or late-afternoon visit. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while Venice is relatively quiet from November through February (aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays, and during Carnival).

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The Pala d’Oro

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is famous for Michelangelo's Pietà and Florence’s Duomo is known for Brunelleschi’s dome, but St. Mark’s Basilica’s greatest treasure—the stunning Pala d'Oro—is older than even those masterpieces. This glittering gold and enamel altarpiece from AD 976 is considered one of the most important, refined examples of Byzantine enamel in the world.

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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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