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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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.

2,433 reviews for St. Mark's Basilica - Skip The Line

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9.5/10
10/10

cal1409

June 2017

Solo traveler

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 18 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1772194

'Worth every penny'

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

I bought the skip the line ticket, for €2, and the 72 hour travel ticket. Skip the line was worth every penny. It was hot and there was a long line to get into the Basilica, and it was very easy to use the skip the line pass. Also easy to find the place to leave the rucksack while I went round. 72 hour pass with bus back to airport: Not sure I got the value from this, but much easier than buying tickets each time. Easy to find the bus back to the airport. 72 hour pass not quite so good as on the last day, the Sunday, there was a dragon boat race and the Grand Canal was closed to water buses. So I couldn't use it on the last day at all!

Strenghts

Ease of use

Weaknesses

72hr pass - did I use it enough? But the ease of use outweighs this concern


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear cal1409,

thank you for your review! We are sorry you were not able to use the tickets on the last day… We may suppose it was Sunday 4 June and public transports didn’t work regularly because of the Vogalonga. As specified both online and on the voucher ‘In the event of strikes, special events (such as the Redentore, Vogalonga, Historical Regatta, …) and/or high water, ACTV public transport services may be suspended or temporarily restricted’. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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4.5/10

Caliago

June 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 18 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1773148

'Visit to St Marks and the Doge's Palace'

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

It was fairly straightforward to book, however there's an awful lot of text to read and take in about all the different types of tickets etc that is a bit confusing. It would be good if you could buy one ticket that allows you to visit all the extra places inside the basilica that you don't find out about until you're inside! The biggest drawback of the booking service is that you don't get a QR code emailed to you so that it can be scanned by the museums. You have to print the tickets. Well if you're on holiday in an apartment/Airbnb like we were, that's an impossibility. It's also not environmentally sound and quite anachronistic to be honest. Who asks for paper these days? The basilica was able to scan/use my smartphone booking but with the museum pass - needed for the Doge's Palace - we had to get Ca Rezzonica staff to print. They were helpful and did this but it took ages - the wifi wasn't strong enough at first for me to email the tickets to them and then they had trouble with their printer. We could have hunted down an Internet cafe but we were on holiday and didn't have time for that! I would look around for a more up to date, digital option before buying again.

Strenghts

Fairly straightforward to book but beware of the printing issue.

Weaknesses

The lack of digital QR code which was a real pain and wasted valuable holiday time.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Caliago,

thank you for your feedback! Please consider that we are only a reseller of the Venice Civic Museums tickets and therefore have to comply with their official regulation that requires a paper copy of the voucher, but we are transparent in informing our customers about this matter before they book! As for the other services bookable on our portal, we accept the electronic voucher whenever possibile. Concernig the cumulative tickets to access all the attractions inside St. Mark’s Basilica, at the moment it doesn’t exist… We hope it will be soon available and actually we are working on that!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

LJ

May 2017

Family with children

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 16 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1733784

'Skip the line for S.Marco Basilica'

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

Excellent service, we followed the instructions to leave our bags and to find the entrance, and had no waiting time at all. Definitely recommend.

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9.5/10

Caroline

May 2017

Young couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 14 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1764301

'Skipped the line'

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

Excellent buy - skipped a massive queue

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8.5/10

Bogart

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1754414

'Well Worth Doing Skip the Line'

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

Well worth doing the "Skip the Line" reservation. Saved us waiting over an hour (estimate) in the normal line of people awaiting entry.

Strenghts

Provides a reliable entry time without waiting in very long lnes

Weaknesses

Need to have a person do some crowd control just on the skip the line - line up. Several people were on the wrong line and waited for a while before realizing that. We still waiting about 15 minutes to get in but that was far better than the line up of people without a resservation


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Bogart,

Thank you for your feedback! Our staff on duty at St. Peter's Door does its best to adress people without a reservation to the correct entrance... Unfortunately we cannot do anything else since St. Mark’s Basilica regulation does not allow to put large signs outside the church, not even to mark the different entrances.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

Rob

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1715437

'San Marco'

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

To get a reserved time slot into the Basilica was well worth the 2 Euro charge. We save a lot of time and avoided a very long que. The on-line service to reserve a time is very easy.

Strenghts

Easy to use website

Weaknesses

-

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10/10

Ramkumar

April 2017

Family with children

INDIA

Reviewed on 12 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1720292

'A must take'

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

Entry to basilica was a Breeze witness tickets!!!

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10/10

Thelma

May 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 11 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1760152

'Well worth it - great time savet'

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

Booked skip the line before holiday. Went straight into basilica at separate entrance whilst other tourists were in a very long queue.

Strenghts

No queues

Weaknesses

-

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10/10

Peteypeppers

May 2017

Young couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 10 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1766031

'Well worth it for low cost'

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

Skip the queue for a very low cost. Great to avoid the queues on a sunny day.

Strenghts

Spelling.

Weaknesses

None

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3.5/10

Tourister

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 10 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1749083

'Better than regular line but group tours ruined it'

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

Booked a 12:25pm entry time but upon arrival a number of big group tours were there. We were told that even though we had a reserved time slot the group tours had priority. They said we should have booked for a different time of day. Quite the useless advice. My advice is to book for early morning or later in the day, otherwise you'll have to wait until the group tours enter.

Strenghts

Basilica is beautiful

Weaknesses

Group tours should have to get behind the people who have a reserved time slot. Otherwise, what's the point?


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Tourister,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with the service. Actually, we are working in order to prevent great overcrowding at the entrance, especially during the time slots most booked by tour groups. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that the problem will be fixed as soon as possibile in order to avoid other similar inconvenience to our customers.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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