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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) Tours

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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is the crown jewel of Venice, one of the most sumptuous cities in the western world. This ornate cathedral blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture—testimony to the city’s political and economic dominance that spanned centuries. Topped by soaring domes and with an interior of astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church. Construction began in 828, when the body of St. Mark was smuggled back to Venice from Alexandria; the church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries. 

The Basics
St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous monument in Venice and hosts millions of visitors each year, so there are often long lines to enter. To avoid the crowds and wait times, book a skip-the-line tour, or opt for an after-hours tour for private evening access. While the exterior is visited on just about every city sightseeing tour, a guided tour is the best way to experience the cathedral, given the complexity of its art and architecture. A private or small-group evening tour led by an expert tour guide offers a unique and intimate experience, and the basilica is located on St. Mark’s Square, so you can easily combine a basilica tour with a gondola ride and a Doge’s Palace tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Like most churches in Italy, St. Mark’s Basilica requires visitors to wear appropriate clothing—no exposed shoulders, knees, or midriffs.
  • Large bags are not permitted in the basilica. Deposit any luggage at Ateneo di San Basso (in Piazzetta dei Leoncini).

How to Get There
The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

When to Get There
The basilica is most crowded at midday, so begin or end your Venice tour with a morning or late-afternoon visit. Summer is the most popular time of year to visit, while Venice is relatively quiet from November through February (aside from the Christmas and New Year holidays, and during Carnival).

The Pala d’Oro
St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is famous for Michelangelo's “Pietà” and Florence’s Duomo is known for Brunelleschi’s dome, but St. Mark’s Basilica’s greatest treasure—the stunning Pala d'Oro—dates back centuries before either of those masterpieces. This glittering gold and enamel altarpiece from AD 976 is considered one of the most important, refined examples of Byzantine enamel in the world.


Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124, Italy
Hours: Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
Admission: Free
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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  • 2 hours
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice on this guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Listen to your guide's commentary clearly with provided headsets and avoid hours-long queues with skip-the-line admission tickets. Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace are also included for a hassle-free tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Skip the Line St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Private Tour

Venice Skip the Line St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Private Tour

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Experience the grandeur and history of Venice on this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Admire the shimmering mosaics and golden altars of the city’s most famous cathedral, and see masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto as you wander through the lavish chambers of the Venetian Republic’s one-time rulers. Skip the long lines at both attractions with priority access (from April to October), so you don't waste a minute of precious vacation time.
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  • 2 hours
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St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Step inside one of Venice’s prime attractions without the long wait on this skip-the-line tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. The entrance lines can last for hours, but you'll skip straight to the front of the queue with a reserved ticket so you can spend more time admiring the glittering gold mosaics and masterpieces of Renaissance painting and sculpture that adorn the interior. Learn the history behind the Italo-Byzantine basilica from an expert guide, using headsets so you can hear clearly.
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Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

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View two highlights of St. Mark’s Square in Venice without waiting in the main entrance lines on this walking tour. Bypass the ticket lines at the Doge’s Palace to see its gilded rooms, and cross the Bridge of Sighs to the prison building as you learn about the 1,000-year history of Venice’s republic. Then, tour St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the mosaics and treasures of this Byzantine masterpiece. Admission fees included.
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  • 2 hours
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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a 3-hour break in between to spend at your leisure.
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  • 4 hours
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Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

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Explore the best of Venice at a 10% discount with this Super Saver combo of three popular tours. Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, where you can wander through ornate public rooms and across the notorious Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica to tour the dazzling interior of this Byzantine masterpiece and enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice’s hidden gems. Finally, cruise down the Grand Canal aboard a motorboat and soak in the majestic passing scenery.
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  • 5 hours
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Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

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The Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica are two of Venice’s most beloved destinations, but the two landmarks can have ticket lines to match. See both landmarks with a private guide on a 2-hour tour that includes skip-the-line access, so you can make the most of your time in Venice.
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Venice: St Marks Basilica Tour

Venice: St Marks Basilica Tour

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Go beyond the guidebook and discover the world-famous art and architecture of St Mark’s Basilica on a 2-hour group tour. A skip-the-line ticket, plus access to the treasury, Museum of St Marks and Pala d’Oro, helps you make the most of your limited vacation time in Venice. Provided headsets enable you to listen to your guide's commentary while still enjoying 360 views inside the magnificent basilica.
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4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace are two landmarks rarely left off any Venice Itinerary, but their popularity means that visitors often spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. Visit both on this 4-hour tour, including skip-the-line entrance and a walking tour of romantic Venice.
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  • 4 hours
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Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

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Discover several Venetian attractions in one itinerary with this full-day tour. Visit St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Rialto Bridge with an art historian guide leading the way. Stroll along Venice’s romantic canals and climb aboard a gondola for a scenic boat ride. After free time for lunch, skip the line for instant access into Doge’s Palace to see Casanova’s prison cell and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 6 hours
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Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

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Experience quintessential Venice on this walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited for a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

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Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
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  • 6 hours
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Doge's Palace & Basilica: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

Doge's Palace & Basilica: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

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This self-guided audio tour gives you the insight of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. Skip the lines to enter the Palazzo Ducale and Saint Mark’s Basilica and explore them at your own pace.
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San Marco Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride Gondola Ride

San Marco Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride Gondola Ride

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Explore the history and legends of St Mark’s Square on a 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Known as the cultural and political heart of Venice, the square is home to some of the city’s most dazzling landmarks and architecture, including Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica and Gothic Doge’s Palace. Upgrade to include a ride on a classic Venetian gondola after the tour — a must-do experience when visiting Venice!   
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  • 1 hour 18 minutes to 2 hours
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Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride

Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride

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Skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace and opt a shared guided tour instead. Then, enjoy the quintessential Venice experience—a gondola ride through the city’s canals and waterways. Your ticket also includes access to several landmarks surrounding Saint Mark’s Square, as well as access to a mobile app that provides commentary to a walking tour of the city at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
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$118.53
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Private tour of Venice highlights with skip-the-line to St. Mark's Bell Tower

Private tour of Venice highlights with skip-the-line to St. Mark's Bell Tower

On this tour led by a private expert guide, you will discover the most beautiful and famous monuments of Venice around the area of St. Mark's square. You'll see the majestic outside of St. Mark's Basilica, one of the most incredible cathedrals of the world, and of the Doge's Palace, formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government. Follow your guide until you reach the famous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) and learn everything about its interesting history and the romantic legends behind it. In St. Mark's square, you'll also see the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio), with its extraordinarily beautiful and elaborate timepiece. But the best has yet to come... In fact, towards the end of the tour, you'll get the chance to take the lift up to St. Mark's Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco): with its 99 metres of height, it offers the best view over the city and its lagoon. Get you camera ready.... you won't regret it!
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$189.21
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Venice Private Tour

Venice Private Tour

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Explore top landmarks in Venice with a private guide during this half-day tour. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and visit city highlights including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. See a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano and climb aboard a gondola for a private ride.
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  • 3 hours
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$460.97
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Exclusive Venice private walking tour (4h) with a licensed tour guide (no group)

Exclusive Venice private walking tour (4h) with a licensed tour guide (no group)

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Breeze past the crowds with your own private guide and enjoy a walking tour of Venice with just your friends or family. You’ll have all of your questions answered while you stroll to St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), and more. Or customize your half-day tour with shopping and sightseeing.
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  • 4 hours
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$307.89
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Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option

Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option

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Venice’s blockbuster attractions on St. Mark’s Square are among the most visited in Italy. With this semi-private tour, you can skip the long lines to enter Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace and enjoy a more intimate visit with a small group and guide. Avoid the worst of the crowds and take a deep dive into the impressive art and fascinating history of these religious and civic landmarks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$130.51
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) hours of operation?
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St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) hours of operation: Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:00pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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