Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

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27 reviews

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

From US$ 44.12 per person

Admire St Mark's Basilica's golden mosaics and observe the original 4 bronze horses exhibited in the museum up close. Marvel at the wonderful inside of the Basilica from above then admire the unique view of St Mark's square from the panoramic terrace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 45 minutes
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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire St Mark’s Basilica from several unusual perspectives
  • Gain rare access to the upper floor and the panoramic terrace over St Mark’s Square
  • Observe the precious St Mark’s Basilica mosaics up close
  • Marvel at the sight of the 4 majestic original bronze horses
Full description
Start the tour at the clock tower ofthe famous Piazza San Marco, where you will meet your local guide who will accompany you to visit St Mark’s Basilica.  As soon as you enter the atrium, admire the ceiling and see a glittering expanse of golden mosaics that will lead you to the interior of the church. Discover masterpieces from the past such as the famous golden domes, the iconostasis, the ciborium, the main altar housing the tomb of St. Mark the Evangelist, and other wonders. Then, climb a steep but fascinating staircase to the 1st floor which houses the Museum of St Mark. Here, see the wonderful inside of St Mark's Basilica from above. Next, reach the St Mark’s Basilica terrace where, in the shadow of the famous 4 bronze horse statue (a copy), experience one of the most beautiful views of St Mark’s Square. Finally, visit the original horse statue that once stood on the upper part of the church facade. At the end of the tour you can stay longer in St Mark’s Basilica Museum to explore at your leisure – the entrance ticket is included in our guided tour. Alternatively, admire the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s terrace one more time or return to the ground floor to explore at your own pace.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Access to the Museum of St Mark’s Basilica
  • Access to the outdoor terrace
  • Entrance ticket to the Treasure
  • Entrance ticket to the Pala d’Oro
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide under the clock tower in St Mark's Square (please note the Clock Tower is not the Bell Tower).

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Flash photography
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time
  • At the tour departure point, you will meet a representative who will check your voucher
  • No refund can be granted if you don’t show up at the time and the meeting point specified on the voucher
  • People with walking difficulties and wheelchair users may not be able to access the whole tour
  • Shorts, sleeveless dresses, low-cut clothes are not allowed
  • Suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags are not allowed for safety reasons
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5

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The guide, Matteo, was very knowledgeable and informative and it was great to be able to go in and find out all about the history of St Marks. Matteo was very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I recommend this guide to anyone who is interested in going to Venice.

February 22, 2020

very interesting guided tour of the basilica The guide, very well prepared on the subject, was exhaustive in the presentation and explanation, ready to answer all our questions and curiosities. Experience to be repeated.

August 2, 2021

Amazing experience from visiting the Basilica, seeing the famous golden altar (Pala d'Oro) and learning about the history of this historic sanctuary.

February 29, 2020

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