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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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8,905 Reviews
Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124

The Basics

Popular and perpetually busy, St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice. Avoid the long lines and save time skip-the-line tickets or opt for an after-hours tour for private evening access. While the exterior is visited on just about every city sightseeing tour, a guided tour is the best way to experience the interior, given the complexity of its art and architecture.

A guided private or small-group evening tour offers a unique and intimate experience, and the basilica is located on St. Mark’s Square, so you can easily combine a basilica tour with a gondola ride and a Doge’s Palace tour.

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$95.46 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect introduction to Venice.
A perfect way on our first day in Venice to get an overview of the history and beauty of Venice. An advantage is to skip the line into Doge’s palace. Our guide, Iole from TakeWalks.com displayed much knowledge and enthusiasm of Venice. She also noticed that my husband was having some difficulty with stairs and got permission for him to use an elevator in the palace.
Stephanie_K, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
great tour - would do it again
Boris_H, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Friendly, knowledgeable guide who tailored the tour to our needs and amended the route when our daughter started feeling unwell. Arranged for a rooftop viewing of Venice when a visit to St. Mark's turned out to be impractical due to COVID
star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
star-4
Great tour but could be shorter
Jen, Jul 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
The tour guide was amazing and super knowledgeable and friendly. There is a 2.5 hour break to get lunch and I think this is too long. I wish it was shorter and the museum portion started earlier to finish earlier. Also the ride with 4 other strangers is a little awkward and a little too close and personal than I would have preferred.
star-5
One of the best guided tours I’ve had in my travels
Jae_K, Jul 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Our guide was amazing! She knew so much and answered all the questions because of her wide knowledge on art history and the history of Venice. I really recommend doing the doge’s palace tour as well because getting a narrative throughout such a beautiful/historic building made it so much more interesting. Also seeing the cathedral privately was amazing!!!! One of the best guided tours I’ve been on.
star-5
Favorite Tour!
Italy_is_Beautiful, Jul 2021
Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride
Excellent tour! This was our favorite tour of our entire trip to Italy. Our guide was informative and engaging.
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Very recommended
Ran_Z, Jul 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
If you have only few days in Venice you should start with this tour. You will see the MUST SEE sights but also learn of the city history. The tour is long, so come with comfortable shoes and after a good breakfast.
star-5
Amazing trip to St. Mark’s and doge in Venice
Raymond_P, Jul 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
The tour guide Martina was fantastic. The history and information she was able to provide made the tour amazing.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Carolyn_B, Jul 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Our guide Martina was knowledgeable and personable! We learned so many fascinating details about the Duomo and The Doge’s Palace. This is a must do for a first time visitor to Venice!
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Amazing!
CnS, Jul 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Viator’s after-hours tours are always a great value, and our time with Susan was a delight. She shared her deep knowledge of art history and her dry wit - a fantastic combination.
star-5
Dianella is great tour guide!
Meiching_C, Jul 2021
Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
Wonderful guide, Dianella! Knowledgeable and extremely helpful in resolving issues when I did not get my ticket printed. Grazie Mille!
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Great way to immerse yourself in Venetian history
Stefan_P, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour
Lara, tour guide, was prompt, funny and informative. Really showed her love for Venice in perfect English and kept us entertained. One part of our tour did get disrupted as the Basillica closed early, but tour company notified me in advance and issued a partial credit as well as an apology. Very satisfied.
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Don't miss it
John_P, Jul 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Our local guide was great. She lives in Venice and was very knowledgeable. Our tickets got us through the major attractions without waiting in line. Gondola ride was also very nice. Half an hour ride was included in the package and was well worth it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries.

  • Like most churches in Italy, St. Mark’s Basilica requires visitors to wear appropriate clothing—no exposed shoulders, knees, or midriffs.

  • Large bags are not permitted in the basilica. Deposit any luggage at Ateneo di San Basso (in Piazzetta dei Leoncini).

  • Both St. Mark's Basilica and the nearby Doge's Palace are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

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When to Get There

The basilica is most crowded at midday, so begin or end your Venice tour with a morning or late-afternoon visit. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while Venice is relatively quiet from November through February (aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays, and during Carnival).

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The Pala d’Oro

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is famous for Michelangelo's Pietà and Florence’s Duomo is known for Brunelleschi’s dome, but St. Mark’s Basilica’s greatest treasure—the stunning Pala d'Oro—is older than even those masterpieces. This glittering gold and enamel altarpiece from AD 976 is considered one of the most important, refined examples of Byzantine enamel in the world.

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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)