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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience Saint Mark's Basilica after hours on this 1.5-hour evening tour. Look around the chapel with your small group of 15 people, learning about its history and Byzantine architecture without the buzz of a thousand other visitors.
  • 1.5-hour after-hours evening tour of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Small group tour of 15 people or fewer
  • See the treasure's of Saint Mark's illuminated just for your nighttime tour
  • Learn about the role of the Basilica in Venice's history
  • Skip the lines and crowds
Meet your guide and small group of just 15 people or fewer at Piazzetta dei Leoncini in Saint Mark’s Square 15 minutes before your chosen start time. 

Begin by looking around Saint Mark's Square, learning about the origins of Venice through your guide's commentary. Enter the Basilica without waiting in any lines or pushing past any crowds. This after-hours experience really begins when the church custodian unlocks the door for the lucky few evening visitors. There will be a maximum of six small groups in the Basilica with you. 

Visit areas not usually open to the public, such as the crypt. Learn about the intricate artworks, such as the Pala d'Oro, a work of Byzantine enamel decorated with more than 1,900 precious gems. View the 43,00 square feet (3,995 square meters) of golden mosaics, illuminated just for your tour. 

End your tour after 1.5 hours of exploration and learning.

Reviews

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M
, Jul 2018

Seeing the Basilica in the evening was very special and very beautiful, the lighting made the mosaics more beautiful if that is possible. We went back in the day time to see the museum. Our tour guide was great and very informative.

N
, Jul 2018

This was our 3Rd visit to Venice. We did the Doges Palace on the first visit but always avoided ST. Marks as it just looked like wall to wall people. A blogger friend of mind recommended this ttour and although pricey it is such a treat and privilege to be able to see inside this unique building. When the guides turn the lights on to see the ceiling mosaics I was awestruck. I'm lucky enough to have travelled extensively over the years and done many tours so am not always easily wowed but I really would suggest you skip the expensive gondolas get in with the locals on the water buses and spend your money on this tour. Our guide, Andrea, was engaging and educational and I came away feeling I understood not only the basilica better but Venice in general too.

S
, Jul 2018

This is the best tour I have ever been on! Our guide was an architect and this made the tour even more special. We had toured St. Mark's last fall during the day, but this was beyond our expectations. Seeing the Basilica at night was amazing and we felt privileged to be there. It is by far worth the price. You will not be disappointed!

E
, Mar 2018

This was a life-changing experience. We enjoyed St. Mark's in a way that very few people do...alone! It was quiet, majestic, and spiritually moving, and our guide was awesome. I can't recommend this tour enough. We even got to go down to the catacombs below, which very few people were able to do.

S
, Jan 2018

Very good tour, we were a group of about 15 who had St. Mark's completely to ourselves. Portico, main church, alter, Pala d'Oro and crypt were included. No rush with a well informed guide.

a
, Nov 2017

definitely recommend this tour as it is so much better to see the basilica after hours and without huge crowds

P
, Nov 2017

LOVED this tour with Moises. He was so well informed and interesting. The Basilica was amazing when it was all lit up! This is a must do when in Venice, I wouldn't miss seeing this!

B
, Nov 2017

It was very interesting. The guide knew his information and was very personable. Everyone in the small group seeemed pleased.

L
, Oct 2017

This was the highlight of our 5 day trip to Venice. It was not cheap but after reading other reviews which had also awarded it 5 stars we decided to book as we thought it would be a memorable experience - which it was. We spent about half an hour outside as it was a beautiful evening, with Andrea our guide talking about various aspects of the Basilica and St Marks Square and then we entered the Basilica. This was spectacular, amazing and magical. There was only one other small group there but hardly noticeable as we didn't cross each other's paths. The moment when the lights slowly came on and the mosaics were revealed was amazing. The tour lasted one and a half hours and Andrea was a very knowledgeable guide full of interesting and amusing stories. I feel privileged to have been there in the evening without all the crowds and wouldn't hesitate to recommmend this tour to others.

L
, Oct 2017

This was a great tour. The guide knew all about the special golden altar board. She pointed out important mosaics. We only had about 12 people in the tour and she could answer all our questions. The church is Roman Catholic but the design and style follows the Greek Style Architecture. Venice was a strong City State many of the important artifacts bronze horses, St. Marks Relics, etc. were taken from the Eastern Mediterranean.


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