St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Duration: approx. 1 hour  Location: Venice
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Why choose this experience?

1 To enjoy a fascinating St Mark’s Basilica in Venice tour with skip-the-line access: the Basilica will open for you its ancient doors and reveal the secrets kept inside...
2 For the intimate and charming atmosphere, guaranteed by a very small number of participants.
3 Because it offers multiple daily departures in different languages and includes the visit to the Pala d'Oro, St Mark's Basilica treasures and to the Zen Chapel, which can be accessed only with this thrilling tour!

Please note:

  • monolingual tour in Italian, English or French;
  • the skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica is included in the tour;
  • max 25 participants per group.

An original St Mark’s Venice tour to discover the most famous works of art of the Basilica in an exclusive guided visit of the religious symbol building of Venice! Thanks to the small number of participants expected from our guided tour of San Marco in Venice, you can enjoy an intimate and relaxed atmosphere... Take your time to admire the masterpieces preserved within this century-old building and enjoy the experience of our guides to learn about all the details of this extraordinary cathedral!

You will enjoy the convenient skip-the-line service, included in the reservation of our San Marco Venice visit, to enter the building and avoid the long waiting times usually expected at the entrance of St. Mark's Basilica: the guide will lead you along an exclusive itinerary to discover the magnificent treasures of St. Mark's Cathedral ...

St Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasures will make you feel privileged from the beginning of our St Mark's Basilica tour: seated at the centre of the Basilica, you will listen to the thousand-year history of the building, the stages of its construction and its rise from a simple church for the Dog’s Palace to Venice cathedral.

After the historical introduction of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, the tour will continue with a visit to St Mark’s Baptistery and the Zen Chapel in Venice, two little-known beautiful places…

St Mark’s Baptistery in Venice is decorated with fourteenth-century mosaics depicting stories of the Baptist and childhood of Christ; at the centre of the baptistery you can admire the beautiful baptismal font and the tombstone of Jacopo Sansovino, and one of the finest examples of Gothic sculpture in Venice: the tomb of Andrea Dandolo.

The itinerary of the tour of St. Mark's Cathedral and its treasures will then continue with a visit to the Zen Chapel in Venice, which can be visited only with our thrilling tour and usually inaccessible to everyday visitors of the Basilica…Converted into a chapel in honour of Cardinal Zen, this place is the old entrance to the Basilica on the pier side. Although the Zen Chapel in St Mark's Cathedral is a splendid example of Renaissance art, the mosaics inside date back to the previous monumental entrance of the church.

Our exclusive visit to St Mark's Basilica treasury, generally not included in the regular guided St. Mark's basilica tours, will be the next stop on our itinerary. St Mark's Venice treasury is housed in a tower, in two rooms that are the only remains of the first Doge’s Palace in Venice. In the right room you can admire magnificent liturgical objects, while the left room houses the extensive collection of the relics of St. Mark's Basilica: the guide will pay special attention to the most relevant objects from the artistic and religious point of view.

The Treasury of the Basilica consists of 283 pieces, among which there are Byzantine and Islamic art objects, arrived in Venice after the sack of Constantinople, gifts and acquisitions of the church over the centuries.

After admiring the Treasury, our St Mark's Basilica guided tour will continue in the direction of the high altar, to admire the splendid twelfth century columns that support the alabaster ciborium under which St. Mark relics are kept…

The last part of the tour, the visit to the Pala d'Oro, is undoubtedly one of the most exciting moments of our tour of St Mark's Basilica in Venice: the Pala d'Oro is one of the greatest treasures of St. Mark's Basilica, and is considered one of the most valuable objects in the world. The Golden Pall is made up of silver gilded leaves and decorated with enamels, made with the technique of émail cloisonné, and precious stones. It was completed in 1345 by the great goldsmith master Buoninsegna. St. Mark’s Pala d'Oro is the backdrop to the altar of St Mark’s Basilica, but is not always visible! In fact, it is rotated to the public only on the occasion of the major liturgical celebrations, thanks to a special device.

St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures: a tour to visit St Mark’s Basilica as real protagonists, accompanied by an expert guide, that will tell the story and reveal to you all the secrets of the most important religious building of the Venice Republic.

Book now and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience to discover St. Mark's Cathedral and its treasures and especially the magnificent Zen Chapel, which can be accessed only with our exclusive itinerary! The price displayed is inclusive of the skip-the-line entry, admission tickets to the Pala d'Oro and the Treasury, and guided Basilica di San Marco in Venice tour.

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Important info

Availability:

all year.

Departure point:
  • From 1 April to 31 October
    Venetoinside Info Point in front of St. Peter's door at St Mark’s Basilica (looking at the Basilica façade, St. Peter's door is located on the left of the main gate).
  • From 1 November to 31 March
    In the atrium at the central entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica - Cross the main gate and enter the porch (do not wait in the regular queue to access the building). The meeting point is inside, right in front of the second gate that leads to the interior of the Basilica.
Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October 2018

  • English
    Monday
    10.00 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 3.00 pm
    Tuesday
    11.00 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.00 pm
    Wednesday
    10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm
    Friday
    11.00 am, 1.45 pm, 4.00 pm
    Saturday
    11.00 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.00 pm
  • Italian
    Tuesday
    10.00 am, 3.00 pm
    Friday
    10.00 am
    Saturday
    10.00 am, 3.00 pm
  • French
    Monday
    11.00 am, 4.00 pm
    Friday
    12.15 pm, 3.00 pm
Languages available

English
Italian
French

Prices

 

From 1 April to 31 October 2018

Full: €23.50

Concessions
children up to 5 years: free
children from 6 to 12 years: €21.50

Duration
approx. 1 hour
Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
  • Ticket to visit Treasure
  • Access to Zen Chapel (if there is no high water)
  • Access to St. Mark's Baptistery
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).

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.
For reasons of force majeure, the Cappella Zen might be not accessible.

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 maximun of 25 participants.

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

In case you need assistance or further information when you are there, ask VENETOINSIDE INFO POINT located at St. Peter's Door, on the left of the Basilica main entrance, open from April 1st to October 31st, from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.45 am to 4.30 pm.

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 4.00 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 receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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335 reviews for St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

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anbellucci@gmail.com

March 2018

Mature couple

ITALY

Reviewed on 18 Apr `18 - Booking No. 1817227

'Visita a San Marco e al tesoro'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Molto ben organizzata. Molto preparata, cordiale e disponibile l'accompagnatrice che si è fatta trovare facilmente.

Strengths

Organizzazione in generale Accompagnatrice

Weaknesses

Nulla

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10/10

alainvr

March 2018

Mature couple

BELGIUM

Reviewed on 06 Apr `18 - Booking No. 1815962

'Very Nice discovering'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Nice welcome of the guide. Guide speaking perfectly french. She had many informations that can't be found in the books neither op the sites of Venice. Interresting détails were showned. Good tempo. Small group, so that we could hear everything from the guide.

Strengths

Could we always have such a visit an such a guide, we should be in heaven.

Weaknesses

No

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10/10

DBB

September 2017

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17161937

'Well Worth It'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

My high school aged son and i took this tour. It was excellent. Our guide was knowlegable and articulate, the tour was run well, and we got a lot of insight and appreciation for the history and magnificence of the cathedral. The ability to see and spens some time in several of the usually off-limits areas was particularly impactful. I will do this tour again if imhavebthe chance to bring more family or friends to Venice.

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8/10

Scott

August 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 04 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17144676

'Basilica San Marco'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Our guide was knowledgeable but her English had a very heavy Italian accent.

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7.5/10

PBR

August 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 02 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17128664

'1. St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

An interesting and informative tour.

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4.5/10

PBR

August 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 02 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17128660

'St Mark's Guided Tour'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

The presenter was delightful, but her accent made it very hard for us to understand and the structure of the content was very confusing; the side museum was too small for the number of visitors . . . it was a disappointing experience.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear PBR,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with the tour but pleased you appreciated the Basilica. You enjoyed the tour during the high season, this is why a lot of people ejoyed the same group of yours.

Anyway, we will report your feedback to the company in charge with this service and we hope this would be helpful to them in order to improve the service.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Hazell

August 2017

Other

CANADA

Reviewed on 22 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17127604

'San Marco basilica'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Excellent tour! Our guide was great and spoke excellent English. She had great stories of the sights we saw.

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10/10

Sal

August 2017

Mature couple

MEXICO

Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17106288

'MR.'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

We love it, it's just a shame that we couldn't take photos inside the catedral

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9/10

Stephenbxl

July 2017

Mature couple

BELGIUM

Reviewed on 06 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17118415

'Perfect San marco tour'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Very good guide. Tour took about 1 hour which is perfect to visit San Marco

Strengths

Guide, timing

Weaknesses

None

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9.5/10

Tony M

July 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1799212

'St Marks visit'

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St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

We have visited Venice several times, but this time we had 24 hours off a cruise. Although we had been inside the Basillica before (nearly 30 years ago!) Recently we had noticed the 100 yards or more of queues in the heat and given it a miss. I found your site and decided to give it a try. This was an excellent idea, at the requested time, we sailed past the crowds into the cool of the Church. We joined a party of about 15, and received an excellent and very informative trip around the building, including a couple of spaces that we would have paid extra for had we booked otherwise. It was an excellent experience, and we would certainly look for your other options next time we visit the city.

Strengths

The timing and the guide.

Weaknesses

It's still very busy and quite loud.

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