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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the awe-inspiring St Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics and soaring, embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. On this 2-hour walking tour, you’ll also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
  • 2-hour walking tour of St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice, with skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy fast-track entry to St Mark's Basilica to see its glittering mosaics and interior
  • Walk around St Mark’s Square and admire its stunning buildings and monuments
  • Explore the ‘hidden’ Venice of small canals, palaces and bridges often missed by visitors
  • See the Il Milione courtyards, named after Venetian explorer, Marco Polo, and the plaque marking the Polo family house
  • Learn about Venice’s rich history and its role as a major maritime power in the Middle Ages
Get an insider’s perspective on the architectural wonders and historical legends of Venice. Meet your local guide near St Mark’s Square for an introduction to the cultural and political forces that made Venice a medieval maritime force. Walk around the square as you learn the layout and history of highlights including the Doge’s Palace and the iconic bell tower.
Stop in front of St Mark’s Basilica to appreciate its ornate, Italo-Byzantine exterior. Skip the long line and head straight inside, where you’ll marvel at the cathedral’s soaring domed ceiling and ornate altars. Nearly every surface glitters with the work of generations of Venetian goldsmiths, and even the marble floors are works of art, with intricate inlaid mosaics.
Next, wander along Venice’s narrow canals and through picturesque squares to admire hidden gems like the Querini and Stampalia art museum (exterior only). Ogle the Gothic and Renaissance architecture of some of the city’s lesser-known palaces and learn about the daily lives of Venetian nobility. Visit the former home of Marco Polo and see other landmarks with ties to the famed 13th-century explorer.
Your tour concludes at the bustling Rialto Bridge near the Grand Canal — an ideal spot to admire the wares of local artisans, grab an authentic bite at a local café, or continue exploring the city on your own.
Please note: St Mark’s Basilica is occasionally closed to the public due to flooding or special events.

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D
, Oct 2018

Very easy to link up with guide following the directions given. We had a lovely informatiive walk round St Mark's square and through the Basilica on the ground floor only but this was enough to appreciate this beautiful building. We were taken down many back streets stopping at various places of interest off the beaten track and ending at The Rialto Bridge. I would recommend this walk and 2 hours was just enough to those who have knee and hip issues.

S
, Oct 2018

We had multigenerational togetherness in Venice. We decided to take a skip the line tour to gain history on Venice. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Basilica and the surrounding neighborhoods. What we all appreciated was her passion for her city. She told people to stop taking pictures in the church and to become knowledgeable about places they visit.

J
, Sep 2018

Very disappointed. What tour visits Venice and doesn't go to the Rialto bridge, or even mention it. Also, the guide was more focused on discussing how tourism is ruining Venice and the current owners are turning all their homes into bed and breakfasts. She gave too much leeway to some of the guests and we waited :30 for a bathroom break when they returned eating food. Our visit into St Marks was short and the walk around all the plazas was the majority of the tour. There is so much more to Venice. Very sad.

M
, Aug 2018

I was disappointed that the tour did not mention a visit of the Basilique as I would have dressed properly.

a
, Aug 2018

Good tour to get into the basilica, however another group jumped in front of our group and left us standing in line so much for skip the line! This tour gives you the basic nuts and bolts of this famous church and it's historical relationship with the church of Rome. Just long enough, under two hours.

l
, Jul 2018

The tour guide complained about the Venice tourists multiple times, while giving a tour to tourists...rushed through the Basilica and the rest of the tour was a waste of time.

K
, Jul 2018

Very informative, learned many interesting facts and we were able to see many sites. Our tour guide showed strong interest in her presentation.

N
, May 2018

Great guide. So much history. Well worth the time and monies.

e
, Apr 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable, but it was a very awkward tour. We were not allowed to take pictures in the Basilica because of the reverence requested of the holy site. However, the tour guide talked the entire way through the basilica despite that the signs requested no guided tours. Had we known the guided would be offensive to the location, we would have booked individual tickets or waited in line to get our own tickets. We still had to wait to get in, despite the Skip the Line promise. We definitely didn't want to offend the local requests of reverence when visiting religious sites. The pace was too slow for us as well.

P
, Apr 2018

Lori was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and easy to hear and understand. Her presentation was first class. I am now even more in awe of Michelangelo. Paul from Perth


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