Unusual Perspectives of St. Mark's Basilica: guided visit of the Museum with access to the terrace

Duration: approx. 1 hour 

Location: Venice

Per person

Why choose this experience?

1 You will admire St Mark’s Basilica from several dazzling perspectives accompanied by an expert local guide: you will visit the upper floor which houses the precious St Mark’s treasures and have special access to the terrace with a breathtaking view of St. Mark's Square.
2 A unique chance to admire up close the precious mosaic tiles that adorn the vaults and those from previous times which are kept in the museum.
3 You will marvel at the sight of the four majestic original bronze horses that arrived in Venice from Constantinople, now kept inside St Mark’s Basilica Museum.

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Important information


From 13 September 2021 to 2 November 2022

Departure point:

TURIVE kiosk, located on Calle larga de l'Ascension, near the St. Mark's Post Office, behind Correr Museum

Departure time

Monday to Saturday

Languages available

Until 31 March 2022
English: Monday to Saturday
French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
German: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Friday and Saturday
Spanish: Thursday and Saturday

From 1 April 2022
English: Monday to Saturday
French: Monday to Saturday
German: Monday to Saturday
Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Monday to Saturday


Full: € 39,00
Children up to 5 years: free

approx. 1 hour
  • One hour guided visit
  • Access to the Museum of St Mark’s Basilica
  • Access to the outdoor terrace
  • Access to the ground floor of the Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the Treasure
  • Entrance ticket to the Pala d’Oro
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:


  • COVID-19: to participate in the tour you are required to wear a face mask. Please don't forget it !

  • After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show it, either a paper copy or on mobile devices. Make sure you have it with you!

  • We advise you to arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time specified.

  • This is a shared tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

  • It is absolutely forbidden to bring suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags in the Basilica. Therefore we ask you not to bring any of these with you if you want to take part in this tour.

  • Access to St Mark’s Museum is via a rather steep staircase, therefore the tour is not recommended for wheelchair users and/or people with mobility impairments.

  • At the end of the guided tour you can stay inside the Museum to continue the visit at leisure, bearing in mind that the Basilica closes at 17.45.

  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.


In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (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 service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

A visit to St Mark’s Basilica is a must for those who come on holiday to Venice and an in-depth guided tour is the best way not to miss one of Venice’s most famous landmarks.

Unlike the many guided tours encompassing a visit to the Golden Basilica, we, as true insiders, have designed a different itinerary thanks to our experience and passion for this historic monument.

Our new tour ‘Unsual perspectives of St Mark’s Basilica: guided visit of Museum with access to the terrace’ will lead you to admire St Mark’s Basilica from different viewing points that cannot be missed!

The tour of St Mark’s Basilica interiors in Venice will start at the foot of the Renaissance Clock Tower, the meeting point with the local guide who will accompany you to discover the history, architecture, art and many small interesting facts that make Venice’s Basilica one of the most beautiful and interesting treasures in the world.

As soon as you cross the entry to the atrium, you will not resist lifting your gaze to the ceiling: a glittering expanse of golden mosaics (in St. Mark's Basilica the mosaics extend for 8,000 square meters) will lead you to the upper areas of the Basilica along an ancient staircase which seems to have been carved out of the walls. Here the guide will take you back in time, to the dawn of Venetian history, telling you about the fascinating events that the Golden Basilica went through. From this special perspective you will be able to admire the magnificence of the mosaics, observe the details of each individual tile and appreciate the changes of styles and see the many represented biblical scenes. You will be awed by the intricacy of the mosaic making technique that our guide will explain to you!


Another opportunity that this special perspective offers is the possibility to admire from above the ancient floor of the naves and their marble decoration with a variety of plant motifs including images of animals, and you will learn about their religious, and often magical, fascinating meaning.


Visiting St Mark’s is always a great experience: during the tour of the Museum inside St Mark’s Basilica, you will admire masterpieces from past centuries and their interesting iconographic elements, amongst them the ancient mosaics collected in cassine, the sculptural 'Madonna and Child' by Jacopo Sansovino, Byzantine embroidery, Isfahan carpets, Burano lace pieces and the beautiful tapestries with episodes from the Passion of Christ and others illustrating stories of St Mark, to whom the church is consecrated, and many other wonders that make St Mark’ Basilica one of the world’s monuments with the highest variety and concentration of artistic and architectural styles.

Not to be missed on this special journey between art and history are the ancient icon of the 'Nursing Madonna' and one of the most beautiful masterpieces of Venetian art: the 14th century Pala Feriale by Paolo Veneziano.

But there is one final unusual perspective: St Mark’s Basilica terrace where, in the shadow of the copies of the famous horses, you will admire one of the most beautiful views of the heart of Venice, St Mark’s Square. The guide will show you the main monuments of what Napoleon Bonaparte called the ‘most beautiful drawing room in Europe’.

The last and equally spectacular stage of our guided tour will be the visit to the original St Mark’s Basilica Horses that once stood on the upper part of the church facade. The Quadriga Domini had to overcome a long and insidious journey between land and sea, travelling through cities and empires... and if you hear folks’ beliefs, you will discover that the Quadriga of St Mark does not really enjoy a good reputation ... it seems it brings bad luck! The reason? You can only find out with our special visit to St Mark’s Basilica!

This tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, the ideal time for those who want to learn about the history, art and traditions of this extraordinary monument thanks to the explanations of our local guide.

At the end of the tour you can stay back in order to visit the St Mark’s Basilica Museum at leisure or admire once again the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s Loggia.

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