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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Pala d'Oro

Venice: St. Marks Tour with Treasure, Terrace, & Pala d'Oro

Product ID: 244142
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Enjoy Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica with a professional tour guided. You’ll discover the art and architecture of the most important and magnificent cathedral in Venice, which is full of gold and art masterpieces.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world
  • Embark on a 2-hour tour with a professional experienced guide for art and history lovers
  • Admire the Pala d'Oro, the treasury, and Museum of St. Marks
Full description
Your guide will meet you at the winged lion column at the Saint Mark's square, from where you will walk your way to your skip-the-line entrance at the cathedral. Once inside this Golden Basilica, your guide with explain to you some famous facts about the incredible golden mosaics and the masterpieces of Byzantine arts by which you will be awed.

Byzantine art is a unique form of art in Italy, and mosaics are found in the church’s atrium where you’ll have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors. As your peruse the works, your guide will show you the represented biblical scenes from the Old Testaments, the history, and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

Your guide will also point out a treasury view which is a splendor of religious art from various the centuries. Here you’ll admire the altarpiece of Pala d’Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones. As you feast your eyes with treasures, your guide will narrate the history of this Byzantine artwork and the stories behind it.

Later, your guide will escort you to the most interesting parts of the cathedral, to the Museum of St Marks. There you’ll have the opportunity to observe the Bacoòoaas’c ceiling and mosaics up close, and will also have the chance to see the most impressive and magnificent original sculpture of the Horses of St Mark. These gold-plated bronze horses were originally in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, and you will be able to listen to the stories and history of the artwork and of how it was pillaged during the Fourth Crusade.
Includes
  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear your guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Basilica
  • Tickets to the treasury, Museum of St Marks, and Pala d’Oro
  • Access to the Terrace
  • Entrance to the Pala d'Oro area
  • Access to the St. Mark Treasure
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to and from the attractions
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please be present in front of the Colonne di San Marco e San Teodoro (Piazza San Marco), 15 minutes before departure time in order to avoid any delays.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Inappropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• All customers must be able to autonomously walk, climb, and get off the steps
• Photography is not allowed inside the cathedral
• This tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be rearranged or refunded)
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
• Please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and are knee-length to access St Mark’s Basilica (otherwise you might not be allowed in)
• For security reasons, sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica (the storage service is free of charge but please allow sufficient time to do so)
• Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
• Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
Organized by

StarFlorence

Product ID: 244142