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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Based on 77 Reviews

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Malcolm

The Doge Palace was an amazing experience and our guide was great. Worth the money!

2018-01-19

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Jaiver

Great tour! We skipped the line (so glad about this as it was just huge!!) and saw everything with a great commentary. Of course, there are tons of people inside as well but our guide was super helpful and great at managing the group.

2018-01-27

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
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.

2019-03-11

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
John

Last minute we booked this ticket and visited basilica

2018-02-06

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4-Excellent
Ray

This was a pleasant tour. The guide was very informative and experienced at avoiding the crowded areas.

2018-01-24

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Taylor

Very nice tour. Skip the line access is a life saver, would not wanna queue out there.

2018-01-22


ST MARK'S BASILICA

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). 




St Mark's Basilica Opening Times

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). 


How to get there?

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:

  • 1 (about 40 minutes)
  • 51 direct (about 20 minutes)
  • 2 direct (about 30 minutes)

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:

  • 1 (in about 35 minutes)
  • 51 direct (in about 25 minutes)
  • 2 direct (in about 25 minutes)

What is the St Mark's Basilica Dress Code?

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! 


When is the best time to visit?

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


How much does it cost?

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. 


What is there to see?

  • Marble columns featuring many hues and patterns on the front facade
  • The basilica's central portal boasting three arches 
  • Mosaic of Porta di Sant'Alipio, the only surviving mosaic from the 13th century
  • 8000 square meters of interior mosaics
  • The tomb of Saint Mark
  • The Baptistery
  • The Pala d'Oro, a jewel-encrusted altarpiece
  • The Treasury filled with booty from the Crusades

Do I need a guide?

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. 


Useful Tips

  • Bringing large backpacks or luggage in is forbidden
  • So is forbidden to film or take photographs inside

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