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Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

1. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square.  Continue your journey with an exciting virtual reality experience. With the VR headset on, time peels away, revealing Piazza San Marco and its iconic monuments as they once were. Picture the Basilica transformed into the Doge's private chapel and the Doge's Palace into a medieval fortress!

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Audioguide

2. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Audioguide

Elevate your visit to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice with our exclusive skip-the-line entry ticket, ensuring you make the most of your time exploring this architectural masterpiece. Bypass the queues and dive straight into the heart of Venice's rich history and cultural heritage. Your journey begins with a seamless entry, allowing you to immediately soak in the breathtaking exterior of St. Mark's Basilica. Adorned with intricate sculptures and marble columns, the basilica's Italo-Byzantine design is a visual feast that sets the tone for the wonders that lie within. Inside, discover the unparalleled beauty of the basilica's golden mosaics, each telling a unique story of religious significance and historical importance. Gain deeper insights into the intricate details of the architecture and the evolution of the basilica.

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Set off on a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace, and St Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry. Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, with hundreds of painted masterpieces. Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic and admire the details of the medieval gold staircase. See the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison that held Giacomo Casanova. Visit St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a guided tour of this Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. See the treasure and the terrace of the Basilica of St.Mark's

Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

4. Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

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

5. Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Listen to your expert guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Treasure and the terrace with its wonderful view of St. Mark's Square or the Pala d'Oro (if option selected)

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

6. Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Combine the top two sights in Venice on one extraordinary tour led by a local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, head straight into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace for a guided experience. Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace and have the door opened exclusively for your group an hour before the general public arrives. First, step inside Venice's most important church—St. Mark's Basilica—and gain a full appreciation for its east-meets-west architecture and breathtaking gold mosaics. In the company of a local guide, get up close with some of the basilica’s greatest treasures, such as the millennia-old Quadriga of four gold horses. Have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. At every step of the way, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less-than-honest means. The second stop on your itinerary is no less beautiful. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the long line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with larger-than-life works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic—as well as its fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova. To finish your morning of discovery, walk in the footsteps of many a less-fortunate Venetian from centuries past. Head over the Bridge of Sighs from the inside and into the grim New Prisons—a stark yet fascinating contrast to the opulent halls and galleries that lie within the palace just across the narrow canal.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

7. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

See the highlights of St Mark's Basilica with a local guide, including its museum, mosaics, and masterpieces. Marvel at the views of St Mark's Square from the basilica. Meet your guide near the famous Piazza San Marco and head straight to visit St Mark’s Basilica. As soon as you enter the atrium, admire the ceiling and see a glittering expanse of golden mosaics that will lead you to the interior of the church.  Discover masterpieces from the past such as the famous golden domes, the iconostasis, the ciborium, the main altar housing the tomb of St. Mark the Evangelist, and other wonders. Then, climb a steep but fascinating staircase to the 1st floor which houses the Museum of St Mark. Here, see the wonderful inside of St Mark's Basilica from above.  Next, reach the St Mark’s Basilica terrace where, in the shadow of the famous 4 bronze horse statue (a copy), experience one of the most beautiful views of St Mark’s Square. Finally, visit the original horse statue that once stood on the upper part of the church facade.  At the end of the tour you can stay longer in St Mark’s Basilica Museum to explore at your leisure – the entrance ticket is included in the tour. Alternatively, admire the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s terrace once more or return to the ground floor to explore at your own pace.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Gondola Ride

8. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Gondola Ride

Home to the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's is the largest square in Venice. Discover the highlights of Venice's main sights, with a traditional gondola ride. After meeting your guide, skip the line and enter the awe-inspiring St Mark's Basilica. The church dominates the square with its incredible facade and domed roof. However, the interior is even more stunning. Learn about its fascinating history with your guide. Then, visit the majestic Doges Palace which was once home to Venice's justice system, prison as well its Duke. Bypassing the queues your guide will walk you through the monuments imposing hallways and take you on a journey through time, discovering the ins and outs of the Venetian empire. Following your visit to the Doges palace, the guide will accompany you to our trusted gondolier a couple of blocks away. For the next half an hour, sit back, relax, and see Venice from a whole new vantage point.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Priority Access

9. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Priority Access

Meet your guide near the famed Piazza San Marco, which is the principal public square of Venice and a masterpiece of urban design. Delve into the history and significance of Saint Mark's Square before entering the Basilica itself. Be dazzled as you step inside and behold a shimmering expanse of golden mosaics that decorate the ceilings and walls, each telling a story of the church's rich heritage. Marvel at its exquisite details, which blend Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Ascend to the basilica's terrace for stunning panoramic views of Venice. See the city's captivating skyline and intricate network of canals. Throughout the tour, your guide will entertain you with tales of the Basilica's past, from its humble origins as a simple chapel to its current grandeur as one of the most stunning religious sites in the world. After your tour, feel free to continue exploring the basilica and its magnificent collection of relics and precious items.

Venice: City Pass with 30+ Attractions, St. Mark's & Gondola

10. Venice: City Pass with 30+ Attractions, St. Mark's & Gondola

Explore Venice with a cost-effective City Pass. Visit over 30 attractions, including Doge’s Palace, Leonarda da Vinci Museum, Scuala San Rocco, and more. Enjoy guided tours and a trip to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, along with a complimentary Canal Grande boat tour or a gondola ride. Take the stress out of planning your trip to Venice, and experience the city's rich history, culture, and magical atmosphere through museums, churches, tours, and gastronomy. Explore the city at your own pace and book until 5 days. Book optional skip the line entry to St. Marks Basilica. Following attractions are included: Museums and Galleries: Museum Correr National Museum of Archaeology at the Piazza San Marco Leonardo da Vinci Museum Landmarks and Monuments: Skip the line St. Marks Basilica entry, if option selected Doge’s Palace Scuola San Rocco State Library Marciana Church die San Giobbe Church Santa Maria di Giglio Church di Santo Stefano Church di Santa Maria Formosa Church di Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church di San Giovanni Elemosinario Church di San Polo Church di San Giacomo dall'Orio Church di San Stae Church di Sant’Alvise Basilica di San Pietro di Castello Church del Santissimo Redentore Church di San Sebastiano Scala del Bovolo & Sala del Tintoretto (including observation deck) Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista Boat Experience: Grand Canal Tour Gondola ride Island tour of Murano - Burano - Torcello Guided Tours: Teatro La Fenice Tour (opera tour) in English Venice City Tour - Discover the "Hidden Venice" in English Discount Partner: Eatwith 10%

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Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Ticket, Audio Guide, & VR Tour

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square.  Continue your journey with an exciting virtual reality experience. With the VR headset on, time peels away, revealing Piazza San Marco and its iconic monuments as they once were. Picture the Basilica transformed into the Doge's private chapel and the Doge's Palace into a medieval fortress!

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Audioguide

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Audioguide

Elevate your visit to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice with our exclusive skip-the-line entry ticket, ensuring you make the most of your time exploring this architectural masterpiece. Bypass the queues and dive straight into the heart of Venice's rich history and cultural heritage. Your journey begins with a seamless entry, allowing you to immediately soak in the breathtaking exterior of St. Mark's Basilica. Adorned with intricate sculptures and marble columns, the basilica's Italo-Byzantine design is a visual feast that sets the tone for the wonders that lie within. Inside, discover the unparalleled beauty of the basilica's golden mosaics, each telling a unique story of religious significance and historical importance. Gain deeper insights into the intricate details of the architecture and the evolution of the basilica.

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Set off on a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace, and St Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry. Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, with hundreds of painted masterpieces. Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic and admire the details of the medieval gold staircase. See the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison that held Giacomo Casanova. Visit St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a guided tour of this Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. See the treasure and the terrace of the Basilica of St.Mark's

Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

Venice: St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Entry & Guided Tour

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

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

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

Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Listen to your expert guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Treasure and the terrace with its wonderful view of St. Mark's Square or the Pala d'Oro (if option selected)

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Combine the top two sights in Venice on one extraordinary tour led by a local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, head straight into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace for a guided experience. Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace and have the door opened exclusively for your group an hour before the general public arrives. First, step inside Venice's most important church—St. Mark's Basilica—and gain a full appreciation for its east-meets-west architecture and breathtaking gold mosaics. In the company of a local guide, get up close with some of the basilica’s greatest treasures, such as the millennia-old Quadriga of four gold horses. Have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. At every step of the way, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less-than-honest means. The second stop on your itinerary is no less beautiful. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the long line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with larger-than-life works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic—as well as its fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova. To finish your morning of discovery, walk in the footsteps of many a less-fortunate Venetian from centuries past. Head over the Bridge of Sighs from the inside and into the grim New Prisons—a stark yet fascinating contrast to the opulent halls and galleries that lie within the palace just across the narrow canal.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

See the highlights of St Mark's Basilica with a local guide, including its museum, mosaics, and masterpieces. Marvel at the views of St Mark's Square from the basilica. Meet your guide near the famous Piazza San Marco and head straight to visit St Mark’s Basilica. As soon as you enter the atrium, admire the ceiling and see a glittering expanse of golden mosaics that will lead you to the interior of the church.  Discover masterpieces from the past such as the famous golden domes, the iconostasis, the ciborium, the main altar housing the tomb of St. Mark the Evangelist, and other wonders. Then, climb a steep but fascinating staircase to the 1st floor which houses the Museum of St Mark. Here, see the wonderful inside of St Mark's Basilica from above.  Next, reach the St Mark’s Basilica terrace where, in the shadow of the famous 4 bronze horse statue (a copy), experience one of the most beautiful views of St Mark’s Square. Finally, visit the original horse statue that once stood on the upper part of the church facade.  At the end of the tour you can stay longer in St Mark’s Basilica Museum to explore at your leisure – the entrance ticket is included in the tour. Alternatively, admire the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s terrace once more or return to the ground floor to explore at your own pace.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Gondola Ride

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Gondola Ride

Home to the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's is the largest square in Venice. Discover the highlights of Venice's main sights, with a traditional gondola ride. After meeting your guide, skip the line and enter the awe-inspiring St Mark's Basilica. The church dominates the square with its incredible facade and domed roof. However, the interior is even more stunning. Learn about its fascinating history with your guide. Then, visit the majestic Doges Palace which was once home to Venice's justice system, prison as well its Duke. Bypassing the queues your guide will walk you through the monuments imposing hallways and take you on a journey through time, discovering the ins and outs of the Venetian empire. Following your visit to the Doges palace, the guide will accompany you to our trusted gondolier a couple of blocks away. For the next half an hour, sit back, relax, and see Venice from a whole new vantage point.

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Priority Access

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Priority Access

Meet your guide near the famed Piazza San Marco, which is the principal public square of Venice and a masterpiece of urban design. Delve into the history and significance of Saint Mark's Square before entering the Basilica itself. Be dazzled as you step inside and behold a shimmering expanse of golden mosaics that decorate the ceilings and walls, each telling a story of the church's rich heritage. Marvel at its exquisite details, which blend Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Ascend to the basilica's terrace for stunning panoramic views of Venice. See the city's captivating skyline and intricate network of canals. Throughout the tour, your guide will entertain you with tales of the Basilica's past, from its humble origins as a simple chapel to its current grandeur as one of the most stunning religious sites in the world. After your tour, feel free to continue exploring the basilica and its magnificent collection of relics and precious items.

Venice: City Pass with 30+ Attractions, St. Mark's & Gondola

Venice: City Pass with 30+ Attractions, St. Mark's & Gondola

Explore Venice with a cost-effective City Pass. Visit over 30 attractions, including Doge’s Palace, Leonarda da Vinci Museum, Scuala San Rocco, and more. Enjoy guided tours and a trip to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, along with a complimentary Canal Grande boat tour or a gondola ride. Take the stress out of planning your trip to Venice, and experience the city's rich history, culture, and magical atmosphere through museums, churches, tours, and gastronomy. Explore the city at your own pace and book until 5 days. Book optional skip the line entry to St. Marks Basilica. Following attractions are included: Museums and Galleries: Museum Correr National Museum of Archaeology at the Piazza San Marco Leonardo da Vinci Museum Landmarks and Monuments: Skip the line St. Marks Basilica entry, if option selected Doge’s Palace Scuola San Rocco State Library Marciana Church die San Giobbe Church Santa Maria di Giglio Church di Santo Stefano Church di Santa Maria Formosa Church di Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church di San Giovanni Elemosinario Church di San Polo Church di San Giacomo dall'Orio Church di San Stae Church di Sant’Alvise Basilica di San Pietro di Castello Church del Santissimo Redentore Church di San Sebastiano Scala del Bovolo & Sala del Tintoretto (including observation deck) Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista Boat Experience: Grand Canal Tour Gondola ride Island tour of Murano - Burano - Torcello Guided Tours: Teatro La Fenice Tour (opera tour) in English Venice City Tour - Discover the "Hidden Venice" in English Discount Partner: Eatwith 10%

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Marco was fabulous and did an amazing job explaining St. Marks and the palace. He’s also one of the few born and raised Venetians’s. The gondola ride was a nice break from waking but our gondolier didn’t engage with us. However if it’s your first time to Venice I would recommend to do a Gondola ride.

Special thanks go to the lady who led us through the tour. She made the longer wait for us to get to the terrace in St. Mark's Church, due to the Pope's previous visit, more bearable with her patience and incredible expertise. Thank you very much again for that!

Rosanna was a fun walking guide and the gondola guide was worth it. St. Mark’s was closed due to the pope’s visit but they refunded that portion quickly.

The guide was very nice. Good clear english The group was small and convenient

Tour guide Giuliano C from Green Walks was very good.