Fascinating visit to Doge Palace and St. Mark's. I will definitely return to Venice.
Basilica is so beautiful, so don't waste your time standing the long queue
Super value. We got a great overview of the city while learning about the history. Our guide was interesting and it skipping the line to the Doge's Palace was a real PLUS. Great introduction to venice
We went to venice from florence during the weekend and just booked the tour at the last minute. We took both skip the line st mark's basilica and doge's palace tours with this company and i am happy with the service. the guide was very friendly and informative.
Wonderful local guide! Great knowledge and explanations! A unique perspective on this magnificent basilica!!! Hope you get the same guide as we did!!! She was just fantastic! Thank you!!
Step right up, Step right up. Get your St Mark’s Basilica Tickets here. Basilica San Marco Tickets venduto qui. Thank God for the advent of Google and the internet. Now, you can sort yourself out with a St Mark’s Basilica tour without the hassle of having to deal with pushy promoters and queues. And, you’re going to want to sort yourself out with a tour because Saint Mark’s Basilica is a spectacular sight. You could even go so far as to say it is the centerpiece of Venice. Sure, the canals define the city’s unique lagoon location and the Doge’s Palace is awe-inspiring, but St Mark’s Cathedral takes the cake. Not convinced, head to St Mark’s square. Venice comes alive here at sunset when the gold mosaics of the Cathedral’s facade catch the sun’s setting rays. This is when the structure transforms itself into a sparkling marvel.
St. Mark’s Basilica was built in 1092 and holds the relic of St. Mark. A rumor has it that in 828, two Venetian merchants and two Greek monks smuggled St Mark’s body out of Alexandria in Egypt where was his original resting place. Inside the Cathedral, an elaborate mosaic depicts this story. Interestingly, for years the Cathedral served as the personal church for the Doge of Venice. It wasn’t until the fall of the republic in 1807 that it became accessible to the public. And, it's a good thing too, because now all can enjoy the craft and opulence that make the basilica disarming.
The grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica’s five Byzantine domes, the jaw-dropping beauty of the gold, mosaic portals and the polychrome columns is biblical and will stop you dead in tracks. The view of the facade is enough to justify anybody purchasing St Mark’s Basilica tickets. Once you’ve taken it all in and are dizzy with Marvel, head inside.
This is like stepping inside a jewelry box as gold mosaics adorn nearly 8000 square meters of ceilings and walls. But, with all that looking up don’t miss out on what’s beneath your feet. The intricately inlaid marble floor is stunning. In the arms that extend to the left and right of the main dome are also a number of chapels that honor Madonna and various other saints. Each of these is also beautifully decorated. Then, of course, there is crypt and treasury (where all the loot collected from the Crusades is kept).
On regular days, St Mark’s Basilica opening hours are between 9:45 am to 5:00 pm. On Sundays and religious holidays between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm (depending on the season).
There are a few different ways to reach St Mark’s Basilica:
From Piazzale Roma you can reach it by foot in 40 minutes or take one of the three different water-bus lines:
From the Santa Lucia Train Station, a leisurely walk takes around 30-45 minutes depending on the route you take. Alternatively, you can take one of the following water-bus lines:
Whether you are looking to reserve one of the guided tours or intend to visit Saint Mark's Basilica on your own, be sure to dress appropriately. After all, besides being a sightseeing attraction, St Mark’s is a place of worship. A general rule of thumb is to cover your shoulders, arms and legs. And of course, no flip-flops!
Best time to visit St Mark’s Basilica is, naturally, in the low season from November to January. In general, avoid visiting on Sunday mornings and holidays since the usual tourist crowd mixes with those going to the basilica for mass service. To be quite honest, there is not a day without a long line at the entrance, no matter the time. That’s why it is worth purchasing the skip the line tickets rather than wait to get in for free.
Extra Tip: For the most compelling view of the basilica, come just before sunset when the setting sun floods its gilded facade and sets at aflame with light.
The entrance to the main body of the basilica is free, but a visit to the St Mark’s museum with the original statue of Horses of St Mark (Triumphal Quadriga), treasury, or Pala d'Oro requires paying for tickets. The skip the line access ranges from 2 to 3 € and the guided tours from 25 to 30 €. Check out our selection of tickets and tours for special deals.
A guided tour will definitely help you get a grasp of the importance of the Basilica as well as its history. For a church, the building and the artworks within a lot of exciting stories to tell.