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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide was excellent. Learned so much about the history, architecture, and art in the church and in the square.

Mireille S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Informative, animated, engaging tour guide who really shared her passion for Venice and it's history. You must ask when you book to stay in the Basilica at the end of the tour to go upstairs and visit the horses an extra 5. If you have more time you can always visit them at another time.

Erin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Guide was excellent and very informative !!

Klas Otto S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

David N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The title of this tour should be changed to St. Marks Cathedral tour as this is what the tour was about...and very good at it too. Unfortunately we did not tour or discuss the square which has a different history and story. I will use this tour company again as the tour and ease of signing up is easy but would call ahead when possible to confirm the content.

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!

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