Venice: St Marks Basilica Tour_332919

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Venice: St Marks Basilica Tour

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50 minutes
Starting point
Piazza San Marco

Embark on a 2-hour tour of the most popular cathedral in Venice. Enjoy art collected throughout the centuries on a tour of the Museum of St Marks. You will also love the commentaries from your knowledgeable guide and special skip-the-line privileges on this tour. At the museum, you will have an up-close view of the original sculpture of the Horses of St Mark.

What to expect?

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Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Veneto

The guide will meet you at the winged lion column at the Saint Mark's square and walk your way to the entrance of the Cathedral, which is just few minutes away and Skip-the-line at the entrance to the cathedral.

Inside this Golden Basilica, the guide with explains to you the famous fact about the incredible golden mosaics and the masterpieces of Byzantine arts which you’ll be awed! Byzantine arts are a unique artwork in Italy and mosaics are found in the church’s atrium, you’ll have the pleasure to savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, while the guide will show you the represented biblical scenes from the Old Testaments, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

The guide will also point out a treasury view which is a splendor of religious art collection among the centuries, where you’ll admire the altarpiece of Pala d’Oro an exquisite example of the Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones. As you feast your eyes with treasures, the guide will narrate the history of this Byzantine artwork and the story behind each of it.
Later the guide will escort you to the most interesting visit inside the cathedral, to the Museum of St Marks. You’ll have the opportunity to observe the Bacoòoaas’c ceiling and the mosaics up close but also the chance to see the most impressive and magnificent original sculpture of the Horses of St Mark. These gold-plated bronze horses were originally in the Hippodrome of Constantinople and listen to the stories and history of the other artwork and of how the Horses of St. Marks was pillaged during the Fourth Crusade.
This two-hour tour will end at the museum, it’ll be a hassle free and not overwhelming tour. Our professional guides will guide you through, a perfect balance between art, architecture, and history. however, you are also welcome to stay back after the tour ends in order to visit the museum on yours.

What is included?


  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Skip the Line access to the Basilica
  • Tickets to the treasury, Museum of St Marks and Pala d’Oro


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Is this experience for me?

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour. All customers must be able to autonomously walk, climb and get off the steps
  • Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
  • Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled

What do I need to bring?

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and are knee-length to access St Mark’s Basilica, otherwise you might not be allowed in
  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica

Additional information

  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, in the event of this occurring you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the experience.
    • Quality Assurance: Travelade only works with selected local partners we trust to provide high quality service.

Meeting Point

  • Piazza San Marco (in front of Colonne di San Marco e San Teodoro)

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