St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Duration: approx. 45 minutes  Location: Venice
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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will admire St Mark’s Basilica from above, an unusual perspective that will allow you to capture new details and nuances
2 To discover the techniques used in laying its precious mosaics and admire the original bronze horses of St Marks which came to Venice from Constantinople
3 To access the external lodge and feel breathless at the beauty and enchantment of St Mark’s Square and its buildings viewed from above

Before booking, please note:

  • the skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica is included in the tour;
  • max 25 participants per group;
  • to access to St. Mark's Museum you have to climb a steep staircase therefore the tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users. We apologize for the inconvenience!
  • the tour is monolingual (English, Italian or French).

A new and exclusive guided tour that will lead you to the discovery of the precious mosaics of St Mark’s Cathedral and its famous bronze horses and enthral you with the emotions of a unique panoramic view of St Mark’s Square in Venice.

Everyone knows of the famous Venice St Mark’s Cathedral in St Mark’s Square, but the tour that we offer will lead you to the discovery of the history and the art techniques of the wonderful San Marco Church from a different perspective - from above.

Our visit will start by visiting St Mark's Church Museum in Venice. The guided tour of St Marks Museum will let you admire some small scale models that show how the St Mark’s Basilica was built and how this huge basilica appeared to the eyes of people visiting it in the past.

You can then admire the famous mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica from an advantaged place that will let you observe them from a close-up and appreciate the different construction stages of St. Mark’s mosaics. But how were the mosaics of the domes of St Mark’s Basilica made? In the adjacent room there are several panels that illustrate the time-honoured techniques and we will show you some original portions of the fourteenth century mosaics of St Mark’s in Venice, that were removed during the 19th century restoration work.

Continuing our tour after visiting St Mark's Museum in Venice, you will learn more about the mosaics of St Mark's Cathedral domes by listening to the explanation of the elaborated representations, away from the crowds that gather in front of the altar of the church, which has been enshrining the mortal remains of San Marco for more than 1000 years.

Afterwards, trough a narrow passage way, we will leave St Mark’s Basilica to enter an ancient hall of the Venice Doge’s palace, today a part of the Patriarchal Palace, where a few tapestries, which were used in the past in St Mark’s Cathedral during the most important liturgical celebrations, are housed.

A fundamental point during our guided tour of San Marco Museum in Venice will be the visit to the gilded bronze horses - masterpieces of the Greek Hellenistic sculptures once used to adorn the hippodrome of Constantinople and today a symbol of the Venice Cathedral. Next to St. Mark’s horses some architecture fragments are housed, dating back to the oldest construction phases of St Mark’s Basilica in the IX century A.D.

The guided tour will then continue to the lodge of St Mark’s Cathedral, where, in the shade of the paired horses and the wonderful gothic frame that crowns the facade of the Cathedral, you will admire from above one of the icons of Venice: St Mark’s Square. From this unusual panoramic view of St Mark’s Square the tour will be wrapped up with an overview of the main buildings that make St Mark’s Square one of the most fascinating and suggestive places in the world.

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(authorization no. 62027 dated 09/07/12 with determination no. 2052/2012)

Important info

Availability:

from 1 April to 31 October.

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
    10.00 am, 3.00 pm
  • Italian
    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.15 pm 
  • French
    Wednesday, Friday
    11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 4.15 pm 
Languages available

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

Prices

Full: €19.00

Concessions
Children from 6 to 12 years: €17.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Duration
approx. 45 minutes
Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • St. Mark's Museum entry
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
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).

Please note that to access to St. Mark's Museum you have to climb a steep staircase therefore the tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

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.

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 maximum 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 4.15 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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64 reviews for St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

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10/10

G

June 2017

Other

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 09 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1755628

'Great tour'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

This is the best way to experience St Marks. No waiting in an extremely long line, the small group was great and the tour guide spoke English. She was very knowledgeable without giving too much fact. The tour wasn't rushed through, though it was hot inside. I would highly recommend using Veneto inside.

Strengths

Easy booking online and loved the small group size

Weaknesses

None

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9/10

Lindy

June 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1761595

'St Marks museum and basillica from above'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

A very interesting introduction and tour of the Basillica lasting about an hour after which you can continue to explore the interior by yourself.

Strengths

Interesting and friendly guide who spoke very clearly. it was a small group which is ideal in such a busy building.

Weaknesses

None.

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9.5/10

Joseph

June 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 08 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1792009

'Mr'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Booking this tour was worth the money. We walked right into St. Marks at our appointed time, the guide took us upstairs which was the perfect spot to see everything in the church. The mosaic discussion was cool and the best part was hearing the history of the famous horses and walking out on the balcony. Take this tour!

Strengths

The guides knowledge and the duration of the tour were perfect.

Weaknesses

The guide could have used more personality but she was a very knowlegable archeologist so that made up for her dull delivery.

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10/10

Persimmon

June 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 19 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1738947

'Visit to St Marks cathedral and museum'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

The tour allowed us quick and easy access to St Marks. We had a wonderful English language guided tour of the cathedral and the museum including those wonderful horses.

Strengths

On time tour. Small group. Excellent guide. Full access.

Weaknesses

None

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10/10

Two active grandmothers

June 2017

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1760535

'Cathedral View From Above'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Wonderful tour with an articulate guide. Fun climbing up backstairs and walking old aisle ways to see views of ancient mosaics high on the walls and look down into the main cathedral area. Walking outside on the balcony where the four giant horses are mounted and looking over San Marco Piazza was a thrilling sight. It was nice to be above the huge crowds for a short time. We would highly recommend this tour.

Strengths

A special "behind the scenes tour" - great scenic views

Weaknesses

Difficult to locate the meeting place - our online receipt showed meeting at the 3rd door from the left, but in reality we were to meet at the 2nd door - signage could be improved.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Two active grandmothers,

thank you for your kind review! As for the meeting point of the tour, maybe you missed our email about the new meeting point… Unfortunately, we were forced to move the meeting point to St. Peter’s Door for force majeure reasons. We sent an email to all people who already had a reservation and notified the change. We regret you didn’t open it!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9.5/10

MariaSS

May 2017

Other

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 17 Jun `17 - Booking No. 174158

'This is a must'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

With all the lines in Venice, this is a must. Booking process was easy. Our tour guide (English speaking) was excellent. Only 8 people in our group. Guide met us promptly at designated location. Veneto inside communicated changes to meeting place promptly

Strengths

Great tour. If you do some reading on your own you will enjoy the tour much more

Weaknesses

none

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8.5/10

Nutka

May 2017

Other

CANADA

Reviewed on 29 May `17 - Booking No. 1717649

'Good tour'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Really enjoyed this tour. It was just the right length and very informative.

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10/10

PaulB

April 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 21 May `17 - Booking No. 177809

'Basilica Tour'

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St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Very good guide, well organised and well worth the cost.

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10/10

John

July 2016

Mature couple

CANADA

Reviewed on 15 Aug `16 - Booking No. 1669357

'Tour of St Mark's Basilica'

Tour
St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Great tour, guide was very informative

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10/10

Lauriette

July 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 29 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1629345

'Like a rock star'

Tour
St Mark's Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)

Skipping the line is the smart thing to do in Venice, I have MS and \would have passed out out on the line. DO IT.

Strengths

all

Weaknesses

none

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