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.

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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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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 €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 (until 17th June 2017)
    School Trips & Church Groups + Tour Operators: first time slot 2.10/2.20pm – last time slot 3.50/4.00pm
    Individual Travellers: first time slot 2.05/2.15pm – last time slot 3.45/3.55pm
  • Sundays and public holidays (from 18th 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 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 (from Monday to Sunday 9.30 am - 5.30 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.

2,501 reviews for St. Mark's Basilica - Skip The Line

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9.5/10
9.5/10

Kenneth

July 2017

Family with children

SWEDEN

Reviewed on 17 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17100483

'Kyrka'

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Fantastisk kyrka att besöka. Dess mosaiker var helt fantastiska. Strålande utsikt över Markusplatsen från kyrkans balkonger.

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10/10

MelZ

July 2017

Solo traveler

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17100382

'Quick and Helpful'

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Easy process helps you save time entering the attractions.

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10/10

Nancylrz

July 2017

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1720342

'Best experience'

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This was the best day at to beat the crowds and the heat! We were whisked inside to the basilica right on time with no waiting!

Strenghts

Welll worth the 3€ fee

Weaknesses

None

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8/10

Kw

July 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17100214

'Relative ease'

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Not a bad way to see st. Marks

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8/10

TM

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17100291

'St Mark's Basilica Skip the Line Entry'

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Online site easy to use, saved us a lot of time not having to wait in the long line

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10/10

Lee

June 2017

Mature couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 16 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1790726

'St Marks Basilica skip the line'

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Excellent, simple service and well worth the relatively small investment.

Strenghts

easy, simple on line purchase; provided clear directions

Weaknesses

none

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8/10

JanK

June 2017

Family with children

CANADA

Reviewed on 14 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1757123

'Worth the visit'

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I highly recommend the skip the line option for all tours. Especially if you are limited in time.

Strenghts

Our guide was phenomenal, knowledgable, friendly, had a great sense of humour. Was most impressed.

Weaknesses

Too short

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Tim Beyer

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 13 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17111884

'Ernest wouldn't let us in! Kept the money !'

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Booked online so we didn't have to wait in line! We were a bit late because of the mass amount of people! There was no line at the fast line! But there was Ernest the one guy that had to use his little power to turn my wife and baby and 5 year old son away! He said we were too late and he couldn't let us in! He couldn't let us into a church we paid 4 Euros to get in so we didn't have to wait in the hot sun with the baby! Ernest could not have been any more rude, in fact when we walked away he was laughing to his co workers about us! Do not pay these crooks to get into a church if you aren't gonna make it on time! It's hardly possible with the streets and water busses overcrowded! I wish Ernest this job for the rest of his life since he won't make it anywhere else with his social skills and little education that is required to be rude and not accommodating a family with a 1 year old and 5 year old!

Strenghts

Telling people they can't get in because they are a bit later then the time slot

Weaknesses

Ernesto and staff


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Tim Beyer,

after receiving your feedback we contacted Ernest to better understand what happened and reply to you in the best way possible. As far as we know, Ernest acted rightly since you arrived very late… Please note that the voucher you got after the online booking clearly specifies ‘The time slot indicated on the voucher must be respected. Those who do not show up at the reserved time will lose the right to the skip the line access’. Our staff on duty at St. Peter’s door are always helpful and polite with visitors, as you can read on our reviews.
Actually, they often make an exception and let customers access the Basilica even if they are a few minutes late… Of course, if you arrive very late, they won't make an exception and let you enter. This is our policy and it is clearly specified on the voucher. 
Almost all of our customers arrive in time at St. Peter’s door despite the crowds. Unfortunately, Venice, expecially in high season, is always overcrowded but we cannot be held responsible for this. We think it is your responsibility to reach St. Peter’s door in time to use your reservation.  
If Ernest offended you in any way, we apologise on his behalf: we are sure it wasn't his intention.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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rallenp

June 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1780607

'Great service easy to use'

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Book ahead, skip the line, and use this service!

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10/10

Erica

June 2017

Group of friends

SOUTH AFRICA

Reviewed on 11 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1792413

'Erica Ragni'

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Fantastic

Strenghts

Brilliant, we walked strait in and didn't wait at all!

Weaknesses

-

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