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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Venezia, Italy
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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 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. You also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
  • 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 and 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Enjoy the introduction to the history and culture of Venice with our local expert English-speaking guide
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Enjoy the visit of St Mark's Basilica with Skip the line tickets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Casa di Marco Polo
Pass by the house where the famous Merchant used to live in the Venetian Golden age
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Walk along the back streets of Venice city center
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
End your tour at the famous Rialto Bridge with a full explanation about the life of merchants in Venice
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Great tour & tour guide
Global77859
, Nov 2019
It was difficult because we were late due to high tide & vaparetto problems. We joined another tour. the tour guide was very gracious about our lateness. She was very knowledgeable and passed on so many interesting facts about Venice, about St. Mark's Square and about St. Mark's Basilica. We would recommend it!
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Mrs Beverly King
Beverly K
, Nov 2019
we were very disappointed. we couldn't find the meeting place for the tour and missed it entirely. we had taken many viator tours, at least 4, and this was the first time we were blown away from meeting place, the location was under construction and crowds unmanageable and getting to location with high tides almost impossible.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Client , I'm sorry you did not manage to find/ reach the meeting point . I do not know if yu tried to call our office , certainly they would have helped you in locating the meeting point , or if the tour had already started they would hav egiven you a place where to locate the guide in St Mark's square . The meeting point is centrally located , we've been having the same meeting point for many years . I do not understand though which responsibility we have to deserve 1 star review if there were big crowds and high tide . As for the location being under construction , our meeting point is in front of the gate to the royal gardens which is accessible . Kind Regards Monica
star-5
An Amazing day!
plucia1118
, Oct 2019
Our guide was the cutest. Franchisa spoke excellent English with the sweetest Italian accent. Her knowledge was endless. Loved every minute of the tour.
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Exceptional
MarkHooper
, Oct 2019
My wife and I very much enjoyed our walking tour and learnt a great deal while in the good hands of a knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guide Adrianna. There are some expensive tours you can take whilst in this beautiful city but this one was reasonably priced and very good value.
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Great tour!
Melody M
, Oct 2019
Great short walking tour of some of the Venice highlights. Guide was knowledgeable and keep everyone interested!
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St Mark's Basilica.
ljames1039
, Aug 2019
The first view of the Basilica was worth the walk, which 1.7 mile. Better signage was needed to direct visitors to the Basilica through the City of Venice because the local people do not speak English and could not direct visitors to this attraction.
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Double booking, no refund
bijan870
, Aug 2019
I had mistakenly purchased the same tour for two days in a row. I contacted the tour company but they were not willing to refund or exchange it with another tour. It was a very poor customer service encounter dealing with this company.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your feedback . I fully agree with you and this has been a mistake made by my employee that took the call and did not pass you through to our customer care manager , that is the only person that can take decisions in this matters . Please accept my deepest apologies and please get in touch with us at reservation@tours-italy.com , so that Marianna will evaluate your request . Kindest Regards , Monica
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St Mark's Basilica
renebrown2019
, Aug 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was longer then stated that was not a bad thing only part that was short was inside the basilica (10 mins) the rest was walking around.
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Loved it!
Leannah H
, Aug 2019
I enjoyed this tour. It was good quality at a good price. The guide did a great job and I could hear what was being said, despite being in a group.
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Loved it
E1729YBmariem
, Jul 2019
Luca was very knowledgeable and extremely patient with the group. This is a great tour to take to see the museum, basilica and Sistine chapel

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