St. Mark's Basilica - Skip The Line entry

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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 €3.00 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.

Tickets

  • 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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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 the Saturday before Corpus Domini feast (June)
    working days: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm (last admission 4.45 pm)
    Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (last admission 4.15 pm)
  • From Corpus Domini feast (June) to 31st October
    working days: 9.30 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 €3.00 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 €1.00 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 (until 17th June 2017)
    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 3.25/3.35pm

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 25 people: €2.50
  • Golden Pall: full €2.00; reduced only for groups over 25 people: €1.00
  • Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica: full €3.00; reduced only for groups over 25 people: €1.50

Opening times

  • From 1st November to the Saturday before Corpus Domini feast (June)
    St. Mark’s Museum: daily 9.45 am – 4.45 pm
    Golden Pall: working days 9.45 am – 4.45 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica: working days 9.45 am – 4.45 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
  • From Corpus Domini feast (June) 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 (skip-the-line guided tour that includes the visit of the Golden Pall and the Treasury of St. Mark’s Basilica) and St Mark's Cathedral: skip-the-line guided tour of St. Mark's Museum with access to the externat terrace.

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 (from Monday to Sunday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm, last admission at 4.45 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.

2,886 reviews for St. Mark's Basilica - Skip The Line entry

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8/10

Clara

October 2018

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Jan `19 - Booking No. 18202888

'Easy to book, printing ticktets a pest'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

I used Venetoinside.com to purchase various tickets for skip the queue, museum access etc., this was easy to do and not expensive. The only down side was the requirement to print tickets for the skip the queue, this is not environmental or easy to do when you are already in Venice. Other than that I would recommend.

Strengths

Comprehensive choice

Weaknesses

Requirement to print tickets for certain activities

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9.5/10

Joanie

October 2018

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 05 Jan `19 - Booking No. 18208008

'Venice'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

The tour was good but we were not aware of the fact that you had to pay twice while inside to see other elements of the church which we thought were included with our ticket.

Strengths

The skip the line tickets are a good deal anywhere in Italy.

Weaknesses

We were told by one of the employees that our skip the line tickets were not good for the day because of the floods. Unfortunately this information was wrong as others who had skip the line tickets simply went to the front of line and were given preferred entrance. We were not aware of this. Would have been good information to have.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Joanie,

thank you for your positive review.
On our website we specify that there are extra costs if tourists desire to visit special parts of St Mark's Basilica, we are sorry you did not see it.

As regards the management of the skip the line entry, even if there is high tide we try to do our best in order to provide this service, however St Mark's Basilica 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 tide) and/or safety reasons.
In your case maybe you received wrong information from someone who was not part of Insidecom team.
We are sorry for that!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

will mazza

October 2018

Solo traveler

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 26 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18205886

'awesome'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

i had an awesome experience and would do it again

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10/10

essa

October 2018

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 18 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18202745

'excellent guide'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

excellent value, informative guide

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10/10

Enty

October 2018

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 16 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18207246

'Slick transfer woud recommend'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Very slick transfer, great way to get from the airport to your hotel

Strengths

Punctuality

Weaknesses

None

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8.5/10

Julie

October 2018

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18203939

'Skip the queue'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

The Basilica is well worth a visit and we were able to go straight in without queuing with our skip the queue ticket. The entrance was easy to find.

Strengths

Would recommend paying to go up to the roof for great views of the square and the mosaic walls are beautiful.

Weaknesses

The church was quite crowded even on a Monday afternoon in late October and not much to see inside without paying extra.

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10/10

Riis

October 2018

Group of friends

ITALY

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18202436

'Greta service'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Everything went fine. No line, friendly guards, clear explanations. I recommend the service especially if you have little time to wait on line.

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8/10

marie

October 2018

Family with children

FRANCE

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18201797

'very nice'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

the skip line ticket is not necessary if it's not high season for tourism. If I knew, I wouldn't have took one. We were end of october in Venezia.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Marie,

thank you for your feedback.
We are happy to hear from you that you appreciated our skip the line service!
Please note, that the skip the line ticket can be booked during the high season only, i.e. from April 1st to Nov 2nd, in order to facilitate the access to St Mark's Basilica and to save the precious time of all our guests.

During the low season, in fact, as there is not so much queue, that ticket is not fundamental.

Thank you for choosing Venetoinside.com

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Tiger

October 2018

Mature couple

GERMANY

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18205845

'St. Mark's'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Everything worked like a charm. Quick, successful and reliable

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Scammed

October 2018

Mature couple

FRANCE

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18209489

'Service is a scam'

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Skip the line Entry

I booked online half an hour before my scheduled entry to St Marc because the Place was flooded and I could see queues of people waiting on footbridges. What I didn’t know is the reserved entrance was closed because of the high waters. Despite purchasing express entry tickets, we had to queue nevertheless. They knew they could not deliver the service when I purchased my tickets but they took the money nevertheless, rightly thinking tourists wouldn’t care being robbed a small amount. They knew their express entrance door was already closed when I booked and opened the slot nevertheless. No refund of course! A scam is a scam!

Strengths

Steals money from tourists, which is good because there are too many.

Weaknesses

It is shameful to sell tickets when you cannot provide the service you charged for and don’t offer a refund.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear customer,
we are sorry that your skip the line ticket could not be used that day, unfortunatly the phenomenon of high tide can't be predicted in advance.

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.

We didn't receive any email from you notifying the problem, please send us an email to info@insidecom.it so we can double check the case.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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