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St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Buendía Tours offers you the opportunity to enjoy every detail of one of the most unique cathedrals in the world with our St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour, no need to queue!

 

  • Basilica and Piazza San Marco, where our guided visit will begin
    Basilica and Piazza San Marco, where our guided visit will begin
  • We really encourage you to visit the inside of St Mark's Basilica during your holidays in Venice
    We really encourage you to visit the inside of St Mark's Basilica during your holidays in Venice
  • The entrance to St. Mark's Basilica will give us an idea of the wonders that await inside
    The entrance to St. Mark's Basilica will give us an idea of the wonders that await inside
  • Our expert guides will help you understand every detail of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
    Our expert guides will help you understand every detail of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
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About St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour Intro

This guided tour will help you understand why this building is such a special masterpiece. During our visit, as well as the atrium and the famous Mosaic of the Ascension of Christ, you'll also admire the Pala d'Oro, with its thousands of glittering gems and crystals. After this tour, you will realize that St Mark's Basilica deserves all the fame and admiration it gets as one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the world.

Itinerario de la visita guíada a la Basílica de San Marcos Itinerario de la visita guíada a la Basílica de San Marcos

Our tour starts at the emblematic and unique St. Mark's Square, in the heart of Venice, where our guides will pick you up under the Clock Tower, built as a symbol of Venice's wealth and as an aid to the sailors of the Grand Canal.  The Lion of St. Mark's, symbol of Venice, is one of the stops of our unmissable Free Tour of Venice

We will then begin our visit to St. Mark's Basilica, the most important religious temple in Venice.  It has a Latin cross plan and five domes, more than 4,000 square metres of mosaics and 500 columns dating back to the 3rd century.  As soon as we enter, the first thing we notice is how the golden colour permeates everything and we will admire the mosaics in the atrium and we will approach the altar where the body of St. Mark rests.  

Then we will go to the Basilica Museum, where we can admire the ceilings and mosaics of the basilica and the imposing original bronze sculpture of the Horses of St. Mark, dating back to no less than the 4th century BC. It used to be in the hippodrome of ancient Constantinople and their state of preservation is impressive, not only because of the passage of time, but also because Napoleon stole them and took them to Paris, where they remained until 1815. 

Obviously we could not leave the Basilica without stopping to admire the impressive Pala d'Oro or Golden Altarpiece.  The altarpiece measures 3 metres wide by 3 metres high and is made of gold and silver and features a whopping 1,927 gems such as pearls, emeralds, sapphires, rubies... and just about every other precious stone you can imagine.  Our guides will explain all the symbolism involved in this complex medieval goldsmith's work so that you won't miss a thing.

An unbeatable way to put an end to our visit. Afterwards, you can continue to enjoy the mosaics and other works of art housed in this imposing church, and if you want to continue discovering the city of canals, don't miss our Free Tour in Venice! If you have already seen the most important monuments by foot, why not get the perspective fron the water with our Gondola Ride in Venice? Enjoy your holidays in the beautiful Venice!

Meeting point

You will find our guides under the Clock Tower in San Marcos Square.

Address: Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venecia, Italia

  • Plaza San Marcos
    • 30124 Venecia, Italia

Details

  • Availability

    November to March

    • 12:00 h - Wednesday and Saturday

    April to October

    • 12:00 h - Monday to Saturday
  • Duration

    • 1 h approx
  • Included

    • English guide
    • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
    • Individual earphones
    • 1-hour visit to a glass factory (optional)
  • Language

    • English
  • Price

    • General: 31 €
    • Under 5 years: Free
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Non-refundable, this activity does not allow cancellations or modifications.
  • Covid 19 Travel Health

    The service complies with local regulations and the necessary hygiene measures to avoid infections related to the coronavirus

Venice Private Tours

Para reservas de más de 10 personas, deberá reservarse la visita en privado, con un guía en exclusiva para el grupo y pudiendo decidir la hora de inicio a vuestra conveniencia.

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