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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)

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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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
$144.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A terrific time in Venice!
We were so impressed by the skill of the gondolier and of course the knowledge and dynamic personality of our tour guide Mat.
Joanne_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-4
Two Highlights in Venice
Desnee_H, Jun 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
The tour was very informative. Our one disappointment was not being able to visit the gem-encrusted rood screen behind the altar which was the highlight of our former trip. Because of Covid the number of visitors to the screen is restricted and therefore most tours don’t include it because it would limit their numbers too much.
star-5
Great tour!
Susanne_B, Aug 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Our tour guide Virginia was amazing!!! She was passionate and knowledgeable. She made the experience like a story. She knew it all too. As a family we loved the tour!!
star-5
The Basilica was...
Janet_W, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
The Basilica was outstanding. Viewing the mosaics and I found the floor in the basilica was gorgeous with it's tile designs! Our guide, Monica, was very informative.
star-5
Highly recommend
Daniel_K, Aug 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Great tour. Mose was a fantastic guide and he made the tour of the Doge Palace and St. Mark both educational and fun.
star-5
Skip the Line is Worth It!
Shauna_C, Aug 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
This was a wonderful tour, getting to see the beautiful and historic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. We spent just the right amount of time at each place. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easily understood. We would absolutely recommend this tour for it's skip-the-line entry alone. The lines for both were very long in the hot summer sun, and we got to walk right in. This tour was well worth the price.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Tricia_G, Aug 2022
Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour
Our guide, Monica, was amazing. We had a wonderful tour and highly recommend the experience and her expertise.
star-5
Great tour! Our guide was...
Laura_M, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Great tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Kept everyone’s attention despite the extreme heat.
star-5
Great tour
john_r, Aug 2022
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
We had the best guide ever, very passionate about her work but Worked with us to make it the best ever. The place we visited where rich in history but we got to get a feel of the people of Venice. Thank you Christina. P
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Monica_G, Aug 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Grace was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. My husband and I enjoyed the tour immensely. Visiting the church after hours with less of a crowd was worth every cent!!
star-5
Rita was a great guide...
Grant_W, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
Rita was a great guide for these can’t miss Venezia destinations. Her knowledge, historical storytelling ability, and passion for the history of the city was great.
star-5
Great value for money.
Mark_G, Aug 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our Tour Guide “Matt” was extremely passionate & a great historian ‘geek’ (his words). He knew EVERYTHING about Venice and was very conscious about keeping the group together to ensure everyone had a good experience. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Fantastic Tour
John_W, Aug 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
The tour was fantastic. Our guide Rita really knew her history and made the experience so interesting and enjoyable. Well recommended.
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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