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No visit to Venice is complete without a tour of the awe-inspiring architecture of St Mark’s Square. Escape the crowds and discover highlights of Venetian history with a guided, small-group walking tour. Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace and photogenic bell tower, and skip the front of the queue to see the dazzling gilded interior of St Mark’s Basilica.


  • One-hour small group walking tour of St. Mark's Square
  • Enter the backwaters of Venice away from the crowds
  • Entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Personalized small group (maximum 25 people)
  • English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

Venice Past and Present Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of St Mark’s Square and avoid the tourist rush with this informative, 1-hour tour. Your experienced English-speaking guide will lead you in a group of no more than 25 people on a walking tour of Venice’s famed architectural complex.

Skip the long lines at St Mark’s Basilica and step inside its Italo-Byzantine splendor. Walk among the intricate mosaics and murals that decorate every surface of the cathedral, and admire the work of generations of Venetian goldsmiths who created the glittering Pala d’Oro, or golden altar (additional expense). 

Gaze up at the iconic clock tower in St Mark’s Square and discover the fascinating history of the Doge’s Palace, Sansovino library and the ornate bell tower crowned by a massive winged lion statue. Your guide will entertain you with tales of legendary Venetian figures including Marco Polo and Casanova. At the end of the tour, you’ll have a great orientation to Venice’s central highlights to help you plan further exploration.

Please note: St Mark’s Basilica is occasionally closed to the public due to flooding or special events.

Customer Reviews

Lisa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Vladimir E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very good tour. The tour guide was just excellent keeping in mind craziness of St Mark's square


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very interesting and beat that queue.

Tom D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very informative guide who also gave interesting facts. Extremely friendly as were other representatives who we met. Easy to find them at the meeting point and consequently negotiate S.Marco at a busy time of the day as the tour began. I Noticed also how well frail and disabled we supported which was impressive. Excellent value for money,thank you.

Maria H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Fantastic tour guide - very informative!

Jonathan S J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I thought this tour was well done. It would be better to let people know that they can go upstairs for an extra fee before we leave the building.

Jeremiah O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I highly recommend this tour of saint marks the guide was great he explained everything both in the square and the cathedral


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful tour...Iphigenia was a TERRIFIC Guide! Great way to start the Venice visit!

Alison P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great way to find out all the History of St Marks square and the Bascilla.
Tour guide was brilliant very knowledgeable wished I had booked the other tours.
A bonus was skipping the queues I would absolutely recommend.

Katharine E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The tour was terrific. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We had a great time. And we skipped the long lines.

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