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:

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).

Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October 2017

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

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
English: from Tuesday to Saturday
Italian: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
French: Wednesday, Friday

Prices

Full: €21.50

Concessions
children up to 5 years: free
children from 6 to 12 years: €19.50

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 get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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

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6/10

DCINVENICE

May 2017

Young couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 09 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1764099

'St Marks'

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

Great tour to see other areas of cathedral. Last tour of day though doesn't allow time to see everything else and if you leave a bag in storage you have to run and pick it up before they close.

Strenghts

Behind the scenes tour

Weaknesses

Don't take last tour of day, no time to view rest of caledral.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear DCINVENICE,

thank you for your review and for reminding such an important detail to our customers. Please consider that we already warned our customers about this, in the Additional Information section on the tour page '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'. We regret you missed it before booking!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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kyliec1

April 2017

Other

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 25 May `17 - Booking No. 1710048

'Excellent tour and booking experience!'

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

The tour (St. Mark's Cathedral and its Treasures (Skip The Line Guided Tour) - Venice - 12 April) that I took my Mum on for her birthday (73!) was fabulous, well worth the small amount of money - around 22 euros per ticket from memory. Super easy buying the tickets in advance on the website, no issues with the printed email voucher upon presentation at the cathedral (even in mid April there was an extensive queue for the normal free entrance to the main part of the cathedral) and the tour - there was only one other couple on it! - was excellent, going into the areas not able to be seen with the free entrance option. The tour guide was also lovely and knowledgeable about the cathedral. All in all a great experience, would definitely go through Veneto Insider again.

Strenghts

Very easy to book tickets, no issues with acceptance of the emailed voucher, tour guide was excellent. Good value, on time.

Weaknesses

None, it was very good, and I'm not usually a 'tour' type of traveller!

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9.5/10

R Skeen

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 May `17 - Booking No. 1745252

'Skip the line booking St Mark's Basilica'

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

Well worth the small extra cost to save waiting in a long queue for St Mark's basilica, & to see the treasures inside easily without crowds.

Strenghts

Informative guide. No long waits, no crowds.

Weaknesses

Booked a 16.00 tour; as it grows dark the illumination of the mosaic ceilings would be worthwhile, if necessary for an additional cost


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear R Skeen,

we are pleased you enjoyed the tour! As for the illumination of mosaics, unfortunately lights are turn on only once per day, usually in the morning, as laid down by the regulation of St. Mark’s Basilica.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9.5/10

Norfolknuala

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 May `17 - Booking No. 1748428

'Not to be missed'

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

This tour was with a very knowledgable art historian. She brought the history of the place to life in a very engaging way. We got to see places not open to the general public. All this, plus not having to queue !

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9/10

Jeff

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 21 May `17 - Booking No. 1715596

'St Mark's'

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

A Very good guided tour full of information that you do not get from guide books

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8/10

Sanjiv

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 21 May `17 - Booking No. 1740029

'Good experience'

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

The check in process was good. The guide was knowledgeable. Beautiful Basilica

Strenghts

Beautiful

Weaknesses

cannot take pictures

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9/10

T&A

April 2017

Young couple

GREECE

Reviewed on 20 May `17 - Booking No. 1710273

'Enlightening and friendly tour'

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

Very friendly tour guide with elaborate and lively narrative.

Strenghts

Very friendly and learned.

Weaknesses

The tour was in a hurry because the church had to be closed and the guide could improve her English.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear T&A,

thank you for your feedback! We are pleased you found our guide very friendly despite you suggested to improve her English. Actually, she has been working as our guide for many years and no one has never complained about her English or working style. We regret you were not completely satisfied with her. As for the closure, unfortunately it may happen that St. Mark’s Basilica closes earlier than usual, as we specify both online and on the voucher. In cases such as this one, our guides try to conclude the tour as best as they can… We apologize for any inconvenience.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Joanne

May 2017

Group of friends

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 175497

'Tour of St Marks'

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

This is a great skip the line tour. Our guide was informative, and I learned a lot about the history of Venice in general and St Marks in particular. It was wonderful to be there when the lights were turned on fully and to see the mosaics at their best. Taking the tour means you see a few extra areas such as the Baptistery and Treasury. Both of these were very interesting. Our guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. It was well worth taking this tour.

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9/10

TRHunter

April 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1712284

'Short Venetian Stay'

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

We very much enjoyed our our of St. Mark's Basilica. Not only did we skip the line, we were able to visit parts of the basilica that are not open to the general public. It was worth spending the fee to take the escorted tour.

Strenghts

No waiting; touring parts of the basilica not open to the general public; good historical information provided by the tour guide

Weaknesses

Our tour was conducted when all the lights in the basilica were on, which allowed for the best viewing of the mosaics. We were informed that the lights are on only about one hour/day. A tour at other times of the day would not allow for the full appreciation of the mosaics.

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10/10

Italian Wannabe

May 2017

Other

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1747689

'Wonderful experience'

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

Loved the tour.

Strenghts

Knowledgeable guide. Learned interesting facts. Very organized.

Weaknesses

No weaknesses

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