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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Skip-the-Line: St. Mark’s Basilica & Terraces Guided Tour

Product ID: 201949
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Skip the line to Venice’s most iconic attraction: St. Mark’s Basilica. With an expert guide, you’ll explore gilded mosaics, Byzantine architecture, and gain rare access to the 1st floor terraces, with views overlooking the Venetian lagoon.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Maximize your vacation time with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit the 1st floor terraces & take in breath-taking views of Venice from above
  • Admire incredible gilded mosaics & art from around the world up-close
  • Discover more about the basilica with your English-speaking guide’s commentary
  • Experience St. Mark’s Basilica in an hour express tour
Full description
Don’t miss Venice’s must-see landmark. On this express tour with Skip-the-Line access, you’ll be able to experience St. Mark’s Basilica and its normally off-limits terraces, no matter how little time you have in the Floating City. You’ll begin your tour in St. Mark’s Square, where your expert guide will point out some of the architectural details that make this building so fascinating. From the Byzantine-style onion domes to the giant bronze horses that adorn the façade, you’ll learn how the construction of St. Mark’s was influenced by Venice’s active trade with the east from the 9th to 12th centuries.

Though the outside is spectacular, the real beauty can be seen within. Gilded, glittering mosaics depicting Biblical scenes cover almost every surface of the church, even the incredible domes. Your guide will point out details of the amazing works within the church before you’re led up to the basilica’s 1st floor terraces.

These terraces aren’t included on most standard tours, but you’ll be granted special access to the stunning vantage point they provide. Breath-taking views await you no matter which direction you turn. Prepare to be dazzled as you gaze on the Venice lagoon, Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Square. After you’ve taken in the views, your guide will lead you back out to St. Mark’s Square, so you can continue on with your Venetian vacation.
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the foot of Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). Facing the lagoon, it is on the left hand side of the bridge, just in front of the Doge’s Palace. Your guide will be holding a sign for easy recognition.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica. Only very small bags are allowed
• Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
• The supplier coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition
• Comfortable shoes are recommended
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• If you have limited mobility, you should not take part
• Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
• Customers who are not familiar with Venice should give themselves ample time to find meeting points
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Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 72 reviews
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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 201949