The centerpiece of all Venice is, undoubtedly, St Mark’s Basilica. It almost feels like a crime against humanity that before becoming open to the people, it served only as a private church for the Doge of Venice. After the end of the Venice Republic in 1807, the basilica became city’s Cathedral. Now though, the opulence of the Basilica’s Byzantine domes, gilded mosaic portals, and colored columns is out of this world.
Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before your chosen time so you do not lose your time slot.
Cover your knees and shoulders before entering the Venice museum
Though the admission to the St Mark’s Basilica is free, long lines of eager travelers hinder the experience with long queuing times. Plus, the free entry doesn’t include the visit to the magnificent altarpiece peppered with the most exquisite jewels nor the entry to the terrace.
Venice boasts many stories and many such stories circle St Mark’s Basilica as well as the winding history of glassmaking.