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Venice: Byzantine Tour and Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

Product ID: 132786
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For a Byzantine experience, join this combined walking tour of St. Mark's Square and the Castello area. Conclude with a visit to the Golden Basilica where you can enjoy special authorization unavailable to other tour providers to sit in the central nave.
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Duration: 2.5 - 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian

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  • Enjoy a combined walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Castello area and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Have admission and a fully guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica, the mosaics and Pala d’Oro
  • Walk through a labyrinth of narrow alleys, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares
Full description
This combined tour will allow you to discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice. This tour will be guided and divided into two parts. At 09:00 from a centrally located meeting point, you will be led by a professional guide through the most characteristic places around the areas of St. Mark's Square and Castello (duration 1.5-hour). Then at noon, you will meet again and visit the interiors of St. Mark's Basilica, discovering Byzantine history, the Golden Pall (Pala d'Oro) and the glittering mosaics.

The tour will start with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power for the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi. Expect to see the campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, the campo San Giovanni and Paolo, where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary captain. The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran Theatre will also be part of the itinerary.

After returning to Saint Mark's Square, an official guide will provide you with a detailed tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptuous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. During the tour, you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. The tour will also include a visit of the famous Pala d’Oro - an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones. This 2.5-hour combined tour will conclude outside the basilica in St. Mark's Square.
  • A guided walking tour covering the areas of St. Mark's Square and Castello
  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line admission tickets to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Live tour commentary in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • Shared gondola ride, if the option is selected
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Optional gratuities
  • Admission to the upper floor of the basilica
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Check-in will be 15 minutes prior to booked tour start time
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the basilica
• Backpacks are not allowed inside the basilica
• This tour operates rain or shine
• From the 1 of November to the 31 of March, there will be no skip-the-line entrance to the basilica
• Tour maybe affected in the case of high tides

From £51.31 per person

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Venice Events srl

Product ID: 132786