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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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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$93.60 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Truly amazing
Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and the church and duomo were amazing. The intricacies of how these buildings were built is astonishing
Thomas_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
star-5
great tour - would do it again
Boris_H, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Friendly, knowledgeable guide who tailored the tour to our needs and amended the route when our daughter started feeling unwell. Arranged for a rooftop viewing of Venice when a visit to St. Mark's turned out to be impractical due to COVID
star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
star-5
Doge Palace & Cathedral a must visit!!
Bruce_M, Oct 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Elena our tour guide was very engaging and really brought the tour to life for us! They are two fascinating pieces of history, and definitely worth your time and money to get a sense of Venetian history.
star-5
Enjoyable and Thorough
Dana_A, Oct 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
He learns so much more on a tour than going so low walking through beautiful history like these two places. We had a great guide and I learned very much.
star-4
Using the tour guide is well worth the money!
Gretchen_L, Oct 2021
Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica guided tour & Gondola ride
Due to flooding, we could not visit the Basilica; however, we did tour the Doge Gallery. Our guide was very informative and humorous. He provided a lot of background information about the palace itself as well as Venice as a whole - information that we would not gained had we not used the tour.
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Doge's palace tour was...
Adrian_V, Oct 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Doge's palace tour was quick and informative. Tour guide was nice and patient. St. Mark's basilica was canceled due to flooding, but got a refund.
star-5
Flooding didn’t stop our awesome tour.
Janet_P, Oct 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
So The square and the basilica flooded the afternoon of our tour but our guide, Marie-Therese still managed to give us an excellent tour. She is very knowledgeable about all of the history, architecture and art and she was a very engaging tour guide. She even added extra little tidbits that made the experience even more enjoyable.
star-5
Perfect way to get to know Venice.
Sarah_H, Oct 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Perfect way to get to know Venice on our first day. Our guide, Mosé, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he filled the day with interesting information as well as personal stories and anecdotes - I would highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing places, rich history
Christa_S, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Abigail, our guide was awesome. We had a small private tour through the Doge's palace and Basilica, both were fantastic places to see and taking a tour gave us the background information to make it a much more rich experience.
star-5
Great tour guide
Gary_H, Sep 2021
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour
Lara, our tour guide, was exceptional and really knew her facts. She was fun and enthusiastic and did not make us feel rushed. We learned a lot!
star-5
Great tour of must-see sites
Susan_C, Sep 2021
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
Francesca was a great guide giving us insight into modern Venetian life and the history of Venice. His love and knowledge of his city was evident.

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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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)