Venice: Skip-the-Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

4.2 / 5

19 reviews

Venice: Skip-the-Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

From $38.24 per person

Discover one of the world’s most majestic cathedrals on a 1-hour tour of St. Mark's Square. Marvel at the basilica's golden mosaics and Pala d’Oro.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Small group available


  • Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark's Square
  • Marvel at the golden mosaics and marble inlay flooring in the basilica
  • See the famous Pala d’Oro altarpiece of silver, gold and precious stones
Full description
Take in the sights of St. Mark's Square and visit the interior of the Golden Basilica on a 1-hour guided tour. An official guide will provide you with a wealth of information about St. Mark's Square and then lead you on a detailed tour of the Golden Basilica – once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice. Inside the basilica, enjoy the opportunity to be seated in the central nave and listen to your guide share fascinating stories about the biblical scenes that surround you. Marvel at the sumptuous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. Marvel at the famous Pala d’Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver with precious stones, and an exquisite example of Byzantine art.
  • 1-hour guided walking tour of St. Mark's Square and the Golden Basilica
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • Special authorization to be seated in the central nave inside the Basilica
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission to the upper floor of the basilica
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Children under 5 years old go free (document required)
  • You must cover your shoulders and knees in the Basilica
  • You are not permitted to take photographs
  • You are not permitted to bring your backpack or another large bag, there is a free deposit on the left of the Church in Calle S. Basso
  • The afternoon tours do not include a visit to the Pala d'Oro
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 19 reviews

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We were only sent back at the church entrance and shown the assembly point. The tour started late because we also had to drop off the bags at a different location! But that worked without any problems. The "German" cathedral guide was sometimes difficult to understand and had several disputes in the cathedral with visitors who took photographs (outside of our group!)

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October 7, 2019

Very interesting and beautiful experience.

May 9, 2019

excellent information, excellent tour guide. worth the money just to skip the queue. highly recommended

March 18, 2019

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