St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Duration: approx. 45 minutes  Location: Venice
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19.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will admire St Mark’s Basilica from above, an unusual perspective that will allow you to capture new details and nuances
2 To discover the techniques used in laying its precious mosaics and admire the original bronze horses which came to Venice from Constantinople
3 To access the external lodge and feel breathless at the beauty and enchantment of St Mark’s Square and its buildings viewed from above

Before booking, please note:

  • the skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica is included in the tour;
  • max 25 participants per group;
  • to access to St. Mark's Museum you have to climb a steep staircase therefore the tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users. We apologize for the inconvenience!
  • the tour is bilingual English/Italian until 31 October 2016; from 1 April 2017 the tour is monolingual (English, Italian or French).

A new and exclusive guided tour that will lead you to the discovery of the precious mosaics of St Mark's Cathedral and its famous bronze horses and enthral you with the emotions of a unique panoramic view of St Mark's Square in Venice.

Everyone knows of the famous Venice St Mark's Cathedral in St Mark's Square, but the tour that we offer will lead you to the discovery of the history and the art techniques of the wonderful San Marco Church from a different perspective - from above.

Our guided tour will start by visiting St Mark's Church Museum in Venice. St Mark's Church Museum houses some small scale models that show how the St Mark's Basilica was built and how this huge basilica appeared to the eyes of people visiting it in the past.

You can then admire the famous mosaics of St Mark's Cathedral from an advantaged place that will let you observe them from a close-up and appreciate the different construction stagesof the mosaics of this wonderful Basilica. But how were the mosaics of the domes of St Mark's Church made? In the adjacent room there are several panels that illustrate the time-honoured techniquesand we will show you some original portions of the fourteenth century mosaics of St Mark's Cathedral, that were removed during the 19th century restoration work.

Continuing our tour after visiting the Museum, you will learn more about the mosaics of the domes of St Mark in Venice by listening to the explanation of the elaborated representations, away from the crowds that gather in front of the altar of the Cathedral, which has been enshrining the mortal remains of San Marco for more than 1000 years.

Afterwards, trough a narrow passage way, we will leave St Mark's Basilica to enter an ancient hall of the Venice Doge's palace, today a part of the Patriarchal Palace, where a few tapestries, which were  used in the past in St Mark's Cathedral during the most important liturgical celebrations, are housed.

A fundamental point during our guided tour in St Mark's Cathedral will be the visit to the gilded bronze horses - masterpieces of the Greek Hellenistic sculptures once used to adorn the hippodrome of Constantinople and today a symbol of the Venice Cathedral. Next to the horses some architecture fragments are housed, dating back to the oldest construction phases of St Mark's Basilica in the IX century A.D.

The guided tour will then continue to the lodge of St Mark's Cathedral, where, in the shade of the paired horses and the wonderful gothic frame that crowns the facade of the Cathedral, you will admire from above one of the icons of Venice: St Mark's Square. From this unusual panoramic view of St Mark's Square the tour will be wrapped up with an overview of the main buildings that make St Mark's Square one of the most fascinating and suggestive places in the world.

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Important info

Availability:

from 1 April to 31 October.

Departure point:

in front of St Clemente's Door at St Mark's Basilica.

Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October 2016
from Tuesday to Saturday
10.00 am, 1.45 pm

From 1 April to 31 October 2017

  • from Tuesday to Saturday
    10.00 am, 3.00 pm English
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.15 pm Italian
  • Wednesday, Friday
    11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.15 pm French
Languages available

From 1 April to 31 October 2016
Bilingual tour English/Italian*

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
Monolingual tour
English: from Tuesday to Saturday
Italian: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
French: Wednesday, Friday

Prices

Full: €19.00

Concessions
Children from 6 to 12 years: €17.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Duration

approx. 45 minutes

Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • St. Mark's Museum entry
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
Exclusions
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

Please note that to access to St. Mark's Museum you have to climb a steep staircase therefore the tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

In case of high water that prevents a normal access to St. Mark's Basilica, ask the Basilica personnel on the spot for directions.

In cases of religious ceremonies, exceptionally high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted.

In case of exceptional high water the tour will not take place.

To visit St Mark's Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons.

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you, up to a maximum of 25 participants.

*Bilingual tour English/Italian until 31 October 2016: explanations during the tour will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed (the same information will be presented in Italian and then in English, or vice versa, if participants are both Italian and foreigners). From 1 April 2017 the tour is monolingual.

At the meeting point you will find our assistants, easily recognizable by an identification badge with 'Insidecom' and their names.

At the end of the guided tour you can remain inside the Basilica and continue the visit on your own. Please note that St. Mark's Basilica closes at 5.00 pm and therefore participants in the 4.15 pm tour will not have time enough to visit the basilica freely.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled.The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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54 reviews for St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

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10/10

John

July 2016

Mature couple

CANADA

Reviewed on 15 Aug `16 - Booking No. 1669357

'Tour of St Mark's Basilica'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Great tour, guide was very informative

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10/10

Lauriette

July 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 29 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1629345

'Like a rock star'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Skipping the line is the smart thing to do in Venice, I have MS and \would have passed out out on the line. DO IT.

Strenghts

all

Weaknesses

none

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10/10

milboj

June 2016

Solo traveler

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 20 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1644605

'EXCELLENT'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

This tour was wonderful. For a few extra euros you enter via a side door and avoid the 2 hour queues. You get to go straight up the side steps and hear about the history and story of the church as well as visit the museum and see the horses up close which are over 2000 years old. Also gives you access to the balcony for wonderful views of the clock and St Mark's Square. Highly recommended.

Strenghts

-

Weaknesses

None

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8.5/10

Laynie

July 2016

Young couple

ARUBA

Reviewed on 18 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1632680

'Great tour!'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

We were a small group of 7 people which was really nice. We only had to wait for about 10 minutes skipping the long lines. Our guide was really nice. She was very nice and knowlegable. Her Italian accent was a bit thick so in the beginning it was a little hard to understand her but along the way it got much better. Loads of information. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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10/10

Len

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1629295

'Excellent Tour'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Excellent tour ,a beautiful place to visit. The guide was very good her English was very good. Very informative definitely the best was to see the Basilica. Highly recommended

Strenghts

Well organised from the moment we arrived.

Weaknesses

None, very satisfied.

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9/10

Debra

May 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 10 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1637232

'Beautiful Basilica'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Just being able to skip theline to enter the Basilica is worth the cost of the tour. ALl of the informaoitn provided by the guide is more like icing on the cake. Seeing the original bronze horses in person was a highlight -- but the best part is the access to the loggia from the museum. Really, there is no point to visit the museum if you don't do this! And stay after the tour for the "lighting" of the Basilica. It is quite amazing.

Strenghts

convenient

Weaknesses

A tad long.

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9/10

Amy

April 2016

Solo traveler

BELGIUM

Reviewed on 17 Apr `16 - Booking No. 168442

'Skip the Line tour of St. Mark's Cathedral'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

This was a great way to see St. Mark's - not only did I not have to wait in the very long line but also learned a lot about the history and artworks of the cathedral. Another nice thing is that after the tour, I was able to visit the rest of the cathedral at my own pace.

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8.5/10

Xrs

August 2015

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 26 Aug `15 - Booking No. 1560755

'Quadriga'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

We are glad we did this tour first. Overall you skip the long line to enter the Basilica, and view the interior from the choir loft. It was an informative tour about mosaics and the art, but the best of all and key reason we took the tour - seeing the Quadriga up close. When the tour ends, you are in the Basilica, can stand outside on the balcony above San Marco's Square, and can tour on your own inside San Marco. The tour guide did an excellent job alternating between the English and Italian presentation. The tour is rather short and was only lengthened because it is given in two languages.

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8/10

Marcus

May 2015

Mature couple

AUSTRIA

Reviewed on 17 May `15 - Booking No. 1520530

'Good View'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Very Nice

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9.5/10

Anoymus

May 2015

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 17 May `15 - Booking No. 1525501

'St Marks Museum and Cathedral from above'

Tour
St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Very good tour, we took 10.00am tour which ended at 11.00 ready for 11.30 when the mosaics are lit up at 11.30. This is worth the wait. This tour is great as you go out on the balcony by the horses, and have free time in the museum after. Plus you get to see the cathedral from the high level inside. Worth paying for, also avoids the huge queues, but be on time at the door as they go promptly.

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