Two new tours to discover a covert St Marks Cathedral in Venice

St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above - The treasures of St Marks Cathedral

From 01 April 2012 to 31 October 2012

Venetoinside is pleased to present two new exclusive tours in Venice that will commence on 1 April 2012: St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above and The treasures of St Marks Cathedral.

Both tours will offer a covert visit inside one of the most famous monuments in the world - St Marks Cathedral in Venice - and will lead you to discover from a new perspective valuable art works and places generally closed to the public inside this symbolic monument in Venice.

St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above will give you the opportunity to walk into the history of the Cathedral with the observation of its most renowned decorations: the mosaics of St Mark.

It will be possible to admire these masterpieces from a close range and notice the smallest details. Additionally, the preparation techniques used in the mosaics of St Marks Cathedral will be illustrated via panels and 15th century fragments housed inside the Cathedrals Museum.

The visit of the mosaics of St Mark and the illustration of their time-honoured techniques will take place in a quiet location within Venices Cathedral, away from the crowds that flood into St Marks everyday. After the mosaics, visitors will be lead into an ancient room of Venice Doges Palace to admire the splendid tapestries that were once used during the most important celebrations.

A crucial moment of the tour will be the visit of the authentic bronze horses, a symbol of the Venice Cathedral, and the lodge where you will admire the beautiful view of St Marks Square from above, whilst listening to a description of the monuments that make it one of the most suggestive places in the world. The treasures of St Marks Cathedral includes a visit to the locations of St Marks Cathedral where visitors are generally not allowed and that can be visited only with this tour. Tour participants will first be seated at the centre of the magnificent St Marks Cathedral and will listen to its fascinating history from a comfortable position.

They will subsequently be accompanied to two lesser known locations - and for this reason even more suggestive: the Baptistery of St Marks Cathedral and the Zen Chapel. They enshrine centuries of art, history and spirituality. In particular, the Cathedrals Baptistery houses the famous mosaics, the baptismal font and gravestone of Sansovino and the tomb of Venices last Doge.

The visit will continue into the only remaining relics of the ancient Venice Doges Palace, two rooms housing the Treasures of St Marks Cathedral. A vast collection of sacred objects and relics, the Treasure of St Marks Cathedral contains true masterpieces, the majority being pieces of Byzantine and Islamic art that were brought to Venice after the looting of Constantinople.

The last stage of this suggestive tour will be the major altar, which houses the St Mark remains and the Golden Pall an object of inestimable value and beauty that is shown to the public only during major liturgical celebrations.Both tours will run from 1 April to 31 October 2012 and can already be booked online on venetoinside.com, in English and Italian. They are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at these times: 11.10am 12.10pm 1.05pm and 4.40pm for the St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above tour, and 10am 2.20pm and 3.30pm for the The treasures of St Marks Cathedral tour.

Book online the St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above tour.

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff