St. Mark's Basilica - Skip The Line

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If you are in Venice you cannot miss the opportunity to visit St Mark’s Church, the famous San Marco Basilica. It is one of the most valuable treasures of history, art and faith in the world, located in St Mark's Square, the so-called ‘drawing room of Europe’.

Purchase online at a cost of €2.00 per person (free for children up to 5 years old) a ticket to get privileged access to St Mark’s Cathedral and avoid the long line (with an average waiting time of 45 minutes). You can get a reservation of your access to San Marco Basilica from 1st of April to 2nd November, on the day and at the time you prefer! From 3rd November to 31st March St Mark’s Cathedral is open to visitors but Skip the Line reservations are suspended because waiting times to enter the church from the main entrance reduce considerably and visitors can therefore enter without having to queue for a long time.

Skip the line entry

How to book
  • The skip-the-line service is available only FROM 1st APRIL TO 2nd NOVEMBER.
  • Choose the date, time of your visit and number of people. Please remember that free entrance is only for children from 0 to 5 years old.
  • Enter your personal information verifying its accuracy. Once payment is made, the booking cannot be changed or cancelled.
  • Please pay by credit card.
  • The entry voucher may be downloaded at the end of the online booking reservation and it will be also sent to you via email.
  • The voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices). Without the voucher, entry will not be allowed by the barcode reader positioned at the reserved entrance.
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Important information

The Skip the line entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica can be esclusively booked online on venetoinside.com. Please note that visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica without the Skip the line service is always free of charge.

St. Mark’s Basilica opening times

  • From 1st November to Easter day
    working days: 9.45 am – 5.00 pm (last admission 4.45 pm)
    Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (last admission 3.45 pm)
  • From Easter Monday to 31st October
    working days: 9.45 am – 5.00 pm (last admission 4.45 pm)
    Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (last admission 4.45 pm)

The cost of the Skip the Line service is €2.00 per person (VAT exempt); free entrance for children up to 5 years old. Concessions are only reserved to school and religious groups, which contact venetoinside.com directly, and the cost for them is €0.70 per person (VAT exempt).

The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices).

Skip the line service opening times

The service is available only from 1 April to 2 November every year and you can book it online up until 10 minutes before the chosen time for the visit. From 3 November to 31 March St Mark’s Basilica is open to visitors but the Skip the line service is suspended because waiting times to enter the Basilica reduce considerably and visitors can therefore enter without having to queue for a long time.

  • From Monday to Saturday
    School Trips & Church Groups + Tour Operators: first time slot 9.30/9.40am – last time slot 4.30/4.40pm
    Individual Travellers: first time slot 9.45/9.55am – last time slot 4.25/4.35pm
  • Sundays and public holidays
    School Trips & Church Groups + Tour Operators: first time slot 2.10/2.20pm – last time slot 4.10/4.20pm
    Individual Travellers: first time slot 2.05/2.15pm – last time slot 4.05/4.15pm

Tickets to access St. Mark’s Museum, the Golden Pall and the Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica can be purchased only on the spot at the time you are visiting the Basilica:

  • St. Mark’s Museum: full €5.00; reduced only for groups over 15 people: €2.50
  • Golden Pall: full €2.00; reduced only for groups over 15 people: €1.00
  • Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica: full €3.00; reduced only for groups over 15 people: €1.50

Opening times

  • From 1st November to Easter day
    St. Mark’s Museum: daily 9.45 am – 4.45 pm
    Golden Pall: working days 9.45 am – 4.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica: working days 9.45 am – 4.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • From Easter Monday to 31st October
    St. Mark’s Museum: daily 9.45 am – 4.45 pm
    Golden Pall: working days 9.45 am – 5.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
    Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica: working days 9.45 am – 5.00 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

PLEASE NOTE that if you want to visit the external terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, you will need to buy the ticket to access St. Mark's Museum; the opening times of the lodge are the same as St. Mark's Museum.

As an alternative, you can visit these attractions by purchasing our tours St Marks Cathedral and its Treasures (that includes the visit of the Golden Pall and the Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica) and St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (that includes the visit of St. Mark’s Museum).

It is absolutely forbidden to bring suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags into the Basilica. Prior to your visit it is necessary to deposit any luggage at the Ateneo San Basso. The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time! The Ateneo San Basso is open every day (working days 10.00 am – 4.30 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm); the voucher issued at the online booking reservation contains detailed instructions about how to easily get there.

Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire. Visitor's clothing must be in keeping with the sacredness of the basilica: shorts, sleeveless dresses, low-cut and skimpy clothes are not allowed.

The duration of the visit inside the Basilica is approx. 10 minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy the monument. Inside the Basilica you mustn’t take photo or videos; silence must be respected at all times during the visit.

Due to St. Mark’s Basilica regulations, we cannot signal the skip-the-line entrance with large signs outside the Basilica. In particular days of high turnout, there might be some difficulties in locating the door dedicated to the Skip the Line reservations: please read carefully all the instructions specify on your voucher, where the location of St. Peter’s Door is clearly specify both on two maps and with a textual description.

During some days of high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and and respect the instructions provided by our staff on duty at St. Mark’s Basilica. Please do not create further chaos that might cause inconvenience to other visitors and/or extend the waiting time to enter.

The Procuratoria di San Marco, which is the organ in charge with the baslica management, reserves the right to prohibit visits and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons, religious services not specified on the calendar and/or state visits. If the closure does not affect an entire day, those who have booked a time slot that has been exceptionally closed, are allowed to access the Basilica with the same voucher in the other hours of opening for the day. Wherever possible, you will be immediately notified via email of such changes together with alternative ways to use the service.

The Skip the line service is not refundable and the booking cannot be changed or cancelled once the payment is made.

ACCESS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

The entrance is free of charge for people with physical disabilities and wheelchair users + 1 helper. To access the Basilica, you are kindly requested to contact the staff on duty at Porta dei Fiori, located on the left-hand side of the Basilica, or at Porta di Sant’Alipio, which is the first door on the left looking at the Basilica façade. Both of the doors are equipped with a ramp.

Except for the helper, other members of your group will have to access from the main door, free of charge but queuing with other visitors, or book online the skip-the-line access.

To visit St. Mark’s Museum, the Golden Pall and the Treasury we suggest you to ask for information on the spot.

Description

A mystical and fascinating place, St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice - Italy intertwines history and religion, Eastern and Western worlds, arts and lavishness in an unstoppable succession of emotions that deeply touch your soul through your eyes.

With it majestic façade surmounted by five spires, St Mark’s Cathedral is a religious monument based on a Greek cross and was the third one built next to the Palazzo Ducale and dedicated to St Mark with the purpose of housing the mortal remains of the saint after they were purloined from Alexandria of Egypt.

Starting from the year 828, it was rebuilt several times, highlighted through a succession of ever increasingly elaborate renovations, the events that made the Republic of Venice great. There are numerous extremely valuable artefacts that have been brought here by the people of Venice from far a field as a tribute to the city’ patrons, contributing to the development of a unique majestic, enigmatic and awesome masterpiece in St Mark's Square.

Until 1807 St Mark’s Basilica acted as the private chapel of the doge and later became the Venice Cathedral in place of the ancient church of San Pietro a Castello.

When you visit St Mark’s Cathedral you cannot avoid gazing at the vast amount of decorations, mosaics, architectonic structures, precious objects and sacred and allegorical images that adorn the church inside and outside. To face all this in the best way before delving into the details, it is important to let oneself be swept away by this abundance, which changes time after time depending on the lighting, one’s stance and many other details that all together turn San Marco Basilica into a constantly new and deep experience to live in Italy.

The Byzantine character of St Mark’s Cathedral emerges from several elements, the main one being the mosaic that narrates the life of St Mark and episodes from the Old and New Testament. Inside St Mark’s Basilica there is an evocative and soft darkness contrasted by the glaring light of the golden mosaics and jewels – a stark effect that gives the church in St Mark’s Square a fascinating and mysterious aura.

A visit of St Mark’s Basilica means entering into an intricate world imbued with religion, art and sacred images that narrate in detail the history of Venice: the beauty of this place is nonetheless blindingly evident and one does not need to decipher it in order to appreciate it.

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