Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica After Hours Guided Tour
- Small group
- Skip the line through a separate entrance
- Duration: 1.5 hours
We met in St Mark's Square and it seemed like a confusing melee at first but they knew what they were doing and soon we were in groups of about 15 people. Sophia (?) is an excellent guide with a great sense of humour. It was just very unfortunate that my earpiece was not working well so I missed out on quite a bit. I replaced it at one point with another member of staff at entrance to the Basilica but it was just the same. Another lady on the tour experienced this also. The tour was brilliant though - and there is a lot of info to take in, so two hours was perfect for us just prior to heading to lunch. These two outstanding historic buildings are definitely a must-see in Venice - just spectacular, and with fascinating history recounted so well by Sophia. Highly recommended.
The tour was organized despite being a large group during a supposedly off season this December. We were given a comprehensive history of the Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica by the tour guide, Gina, who was, incidentally, the best part of the tour. Gina was passionate about the subject and seemed very well versed with the relevant aspects of architectural, historical, political, economic and cultural life in Venice. She kept us engaged, interested and by the end of the tour, well informed on why what we’re seeing mattered. In all, this tour is a must for all those who intend to visit this beautiful city.
The Doges palace was larger and more impressive in real life than expected. St.Marks was closed on the ground floor due to flood damage from last November, but the interior could be viewed well from the upper balcony. The tour guide Monica was excellent, very clear, knowledgeable and considerate. It is worth booking a small tour to skip the ticket queues, as everyone still has to queue for security checks as well. We were also offered a free admission into a glass factory nearby at the end of the tour which was great.
Very well organised and informative tour. It was great to bypass all the queues and a good amount of information about the places that we saw. Thanks also for the tip about the events of the Carnevale. Highly recommended.
The tour was great! So informative and interesting! Even with the flooding, we still really enjoyed ourselves. The guide Stephania was knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend!