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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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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
star-4.5
$103.29 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great morning!
Well organized, incredibly informative, great guide and just the right length! So pleased we took the time to do a skip-the-line tour!
Cyd_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
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
Must do
wim_g, Nov 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Exellent guide with much knowledge and details. Smal group, leaving on the hour. Audio foreseen so everybody can hear the guide at all times
star-5
St. Mark’s: Fun & Fascinating!
Stephanie_S, Nov 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
One of the Highlights of our trip to Venice! Such a fun, respectful and informative tour. So grateful we chose this after hours tour. St. Mark’s Basilica exceeded all expectations as did the tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
Wonderful
Laurel_C, Nov 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Tour was great! Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend to friends and family!
star-5
Fantastic tour! History and St Marks!
melissanelson3, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
We had an amazing private tour with Adrianna! We learned some great history of Venice and toured St Marks Basilica. Beautiful! Even though it was cool and rainy we enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend!
star-5
Wonderful walking tour of Venice highlights for one day visit.
Larry_D, Nov 2021
Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
We were on a one day visit to Venice and this tour was very good for seeing highlights and experiencing some of the history during the walk. The walk of the tour was longer than I expected but very interesting thanks to our excellent tour guide Emmanuela. She shared interesting history and answered many of our questions. We did not do the gondola ride. Recommended tour!
star-5
Great Vince introduction.
Tim_S, Nov 2021
Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
Adriana was a knowledgeable local who provided a great introduction to the city. She helped us to add on to our experience based on our interest.
star-4
Enjoyable
Taylor_L, Nov 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
This was an interesting tour. We really enjoyed our guide but it did seem like her company didn’t provide the proper equipment. There weren’t enough headsets for everyone in the group. Otherwise, she presented all the information very well and the church itself was pretty great.
star-5
A brilliant tour
Elizabeth_J, Nov 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Susan was a wonderful guide, her many years in the city and her interest in it was very evident, cannot recommend enough.
star-5
Great Tour of St Marks & Doges Palace
Rebecca_L, Nov 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Katerina was a wonderful guide to the Doges Palace and St Marks. Her breadth and depth of knowledge was excellent and she had a good sense of humor. She recommended a great restaurant for lunch. The radio & earbud set up worked well and we were lucky it wasn’t as crowded as usual.

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)