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Discover the centuries-old treasures inside Venice’s crown jewel on a 1-hour guided tour of St Mark’s Basilica. Skip the long entrance queues with priority access, and learn about the history of the Italo-Byzantine cathedral from a knowledgeable bilingual guide. See the treasury, rectory and dazzling Pala d’Oro, and then slip through a little-known bridge to enter the Cloister of Apollonia, a 13th-centurn Romanesque monastery that most visitors miss.

Highlights

  • 1-hour guided tour of spectacular St Mark's Basilica
  • Explore the dazzling interior of one of Venice's most important monuments
  • Learn the history and legends behind the Italo-Byzantine cathedral
  • Cross a secretive rectory bridge to enter the 13th-century Cloister of Apollonia
  • Learn the history behind a hidden medieval gem that most visitors never see
  • Save time with skip-the-line access

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What You Can Expect

St Marks Cathedral and its Treasures - Skip The Line Guided Tour

St. Apollonia Cloister

Customer Reviews

harrland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour! Easy entry, interesting tour and access to parts of the Cathedral not included in general admission.

lilypad1001

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Celine is an archaeologist, specializing in medieval studies that is also a Catholic that works for the church. Talk about a local expert! She answered a of our questions and gave us great information from both the science side and religious faithful side. She had keys to the cloister and took us inside, where there were no other tourists. I highly recommend this tour.

Carla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic!!! Beyond belief. We were fortunate to be in the cathedral when they had the lights on. You could see all the gold up on the ceilings which brought the art work to life. Great tour guide and loved skipping the line. You will not regret taking this tour. Great value in the cost!!!

believe0587

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Skip the line tour is well worth the price. Our guide, Paula, was good. She had an accent, but nothing that we couldn't understand. She explained things in English first, then let those tourists explore while she spoke to the Italian speaking tourists. Felt that she ran the tour very smoothly. She had a lot of good information to share.

maishoua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was fairly good.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to see the Cathederal with a personalised guide and no queueing. Good value for money.

Retha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Dawn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Well worth the price.

Venice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Her English was excellent.

carlyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing

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