St. Mark’s Basilica and Terraces Skip-the-line Tour

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Locally referred to as “The Golden Basilica,” it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate name for a church adorned with nearly 8,000 square meters of golden Byzantine mosaics! Discover the history, legends, and secrets of one of the world’s most celebrated cathedrals with a local guide.


  • See St. Mark’s Basilica from top to bottom in one hour
  • Get priority entrance to the Cathedral museum
  • Hear the fascinating stories and legends that surround this historic Basilica
  • Gaze at the majestic Golden mosaics that decorate the domes


The tour begins as you enter Piazza San Marco, the main square of Venice, which is surrounded by historic buildings and bustling with activity. Your guide leads you through the crowds, providing insightful commentary about the significance of the square and its architectural highlights.

As you approach Saint Mark’s Basilica, you are immediately struck by its grand Byzantine façade adorned with intricate carvings, statues, and mosaics. The guide may also share with you the life story of St. Mark the evangelist, whose sacred remains are protected inside the church.

Upon entering the basilica, you are welcomed into a world of opulence and grandeur. The interior is a stunning display of Byzantine art, with golden mosaics covering the walls and ceilings, depicting scenes from the Bible and the lives of saints. The tour guide will highlight the interior and the golden domes while sharing fascinating anecdotes about the Byzantine style Basilica.

Finally, the tour concludes with a visit to the terrace of Saint Mark’s Basilica, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Piazza San Marco, often referred to as “Europe’s living room” and landscapes of Venice.

Throughout the tour, the guide shares captivating anecdotes, historical facts, and architectural details, making your visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica an enriching and memorable experience.


  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Guided visit of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Priority access tickets to Saint Mark’s museum
  • Small groups of maximum 10 people


  • Gratuities
  • Personal extras
  • Lunch

Know before you book

  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges

Know before you go

  • Bring a hat and sunblock during summer months
  • Bring water to drink
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 48 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund
  • Less than 48 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

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