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  • Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124, Italy
  • Hours: Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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St Mark's Basilica (Basilica of San Marco) Tours

St. Mark’s Basilica is the crown jewel of Venice, one of the most sumptuous cities in the western world. This ornate cathedral blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture—testimony to the city’s political and economic dominance that spanned centuries. Topped by soaring domes and with an interior of astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church. Construction began in 828, when the body of St. Mark was smuggled back to Venice from Alexandria; the church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries. 

The Basics
St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice and hosts millions of visitors each year, so there are often long lines to enter. To avoid the crowds and wait times, book a skip-the-line tour, or opt for an after-hours tour for private evening access. While the exterior is visited on just about every city sightseeing tour, a guided tour is the best way to experience the cathedral, given the complexity of its art and architecture. A private or small-group evening tour led by an expert tour guide offers a unique and intimate experience, and the basilica is located on St. Mark’s Square, so you can easily combine a basilica tour with a gondola ride and a Doge’s Palace tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Like most churches in Italy, St. Mark’s Basilica requires visitors to wear appropriate clothing—no exposed shoulders, knees, or midriffs.
  • Large bags are not permitted in the basilica. Deposit any luggage at Ateneo di San Basso (in Piazzetta dei Leoncini).

How to Get There
The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

When to Get There
The basilica is most crowded at midday, so begin or end your Venice tour with a morning or late-afternoon visit. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while Venice is relatively quiet from November through February (aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays, and during Carnival).

The Pala d’Oro
St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is famous for Michelangelo's “Pietà” and Florence’s Duomo is known for Brunelleschi’s dome, but St. Mark’s Basilica’s greatest treasure—the stunning Pala d'Oro—dates back centuries before either of those masterpieces. This glittering gold and enamel altarpiece from AD 976 is considered one of the most important, refined examples of Byzantine enamel in the world.

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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit, Venice, null
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

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Explore St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours tour, and enjoy an optional visit to Doge's Palace, if you wish. Inside St Mark’s Basilica, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.56
Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice, Venice, Night Tours
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice

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Super combo-saver! An incredible 2.5-hour walking tour of Venice and its main highlights, St. Mark’s Square which bring you back to the centuries and history ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.19
Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica

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This 1.5-hour evening walking tour will provide you access to Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the world, after closing time. ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.56
Absolute Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Golden Basilica and Doges Palace, Venice, Nightlife
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Absolute Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Golden Basilica and Doges Palace

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Enjoy this combined guided walking and the best way to see Venice, part of our tour is off the beaten track and away from the main tourist sites giving you a ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour, Venice, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Combined guided tour of the Doges Palace and Saint Marks Basilica. This combined walking tour lets you explore and hear stories of the Venetian Doge and his ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.94
Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

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Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour walking tour in the morning through Venice in a small group (maximum 6 people). Take in the splendor of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Venice 'Inferno' Private Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice 'Inferno' Private Tour

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Private tour in Venice to see the amazing places of the city and most importantly those described in the novel by Dan Brown: Inferno. Enjoy 3-hours walking in ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Independent Venice Tour from Rome by High-Speed Train, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Independent Venice Tour from Rome by High-Speed Train

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Enjoy an independent tour of Venice with round-trip high speed train tickets from Rome. Customize your itinerary to see exactly what you want. You will also ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $251.95
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, Venice, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

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Take advantage of the skip-the-line service on this 2-hour tour that gives you the exclusive opportunity to go back in time and discover two of the most ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

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