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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

Venice is like an open-air museum, and for first-time visitors this one-hour highlights walk of St. Mark's Square is a must. The tour focuses on grandeur of St. Mark's Square in Venice with external visits of the square, Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell Tower, the incredible legends of the Clock Tower.


  • 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

Enter St. Mark's Basilica to discover the awe-inspiring gold mosaics. Your talented guide will unlock its secrets as you walk through to one of the main highlights of the Basilica, the Pala D'Oro (golden altar) with masterpieces by generations of Venetian goldsmiths.

St. Mark's Basilica is free of charge to enter and we guarantee that you'll skip any long lines as part of this tour. Venice is subject to flash floods and occasionally the Basilica is closed to the public (without notice) because of high water or festivities.

You'll hear fascinating stories and learn anecdotes and this remarkable city and its historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. Tours are conducted in small groups (maximum 25 people) with an English-speaking guide who can personally cater to you, ensuring your visit to Venice is a special and unforgettable experience.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Fantastic tour guide - very informative!

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.

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!

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.

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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