Saint Mark's Basilica

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5 historical facts about Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice's most famous church is more a testament to the city's Medieval wealth and power than the teachings of Christ. Its history, however, might just be even more spectacular than its architecture! Here are five fun facts dug up from its colorful past.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Basilica's opening hours are from 9:45AM to 5:00PM, and on Sundays and holidays between 2:00PM and 4:00PM or 5:00PM depending on the season. Entrance to the Basilica is free, but visiting the museum, treasury, or Pala d'Oro requires paying for tickets.

  • What to wear?

    Whether you're booking a tour or intend to visit Saint Mark's Basilica alone, be sure to dress appropriately for a place of worship! A general rule of thumb is to keep arms and legs covered (and no flip-flops!). Also note that bringing luggage in is forbidden, as is filming or taking photographs inside.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:45AM to 5:00PM, Sundays and Holidays 2:00PM to 4:00PM or 5:00PM, depending on season.
  • Is it expensive?
    The Basilica is free, but the museum, treasury and Pala d'Oro require admission fees.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information
    Bringing in luggage, filming or taking photographs inside is strictly forbidden. | It's best to keep your arms and legs covered, and no flip-flops!

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What people are saying about Saint Mark's Basilica

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18,707 reviews

While we would have loved a little more time in Murano and less in Torcello, this was a really lovely tour day. The tour guide was super and very knowledgeable. The glass blowing demonstration was terrific and we probably would have spent more money on the gorgeous glass works if we had more time!! Burano was spectacular!

Had to do the tour in English as there was no guide with German knowledge in October. The tour with Stefano was super and well explained. Very easy to understand English, the tour is definitely recommended.

This was a three hour tour of San Marco Square, the Basilica and Doge Palace. It was the perfect amount of time to see these amazing sights and learn about the history of Venice.

Silvia, the tour guide, was amazing! She entertained the adults and the teens with her great story telling! Well done!

Very informative and very nice not to have to queue!