St. Mark's Basilica

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Cloister of St. Apollonia


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What You'll Do
  • Skip the long lines waiting to enter the gilded interior of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Experience St. Mark's Basilica in small groups of no more than 25 people
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the charming Cloister of St. Apollonia and discover the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
  • Marvel at the famous Treasury and the Golden Pall
Discover the art and architecture of the most important religious building in Venice, learn about their history, and enjoy the quiet of a charming cloister from the 13th century. Tour St. Mark’s Basilica and a little-known treasure located close by.
What to Expect
St. Mark’s Basilica is surely one of the most famous and visited attractions in Venice. Not everyone knows about the fascinating Cloister of St. Apollonia, however, a precious treasure located not far from the Basilica. On this 1-hour guided tour you’ll visit both, and your guide will tell you about their history and importance.

Enter St. Mark’s Basilica skipping the lines at the entrance, and lose yourself in the magical atmosphere of this church. After taking a comfortable seat in the middle of the central nave, you’ll hear the story of the Basilica’s long and tormented construction and how it became the Cathedral of Venice.

Admire the 13th-century mosaics that adorn the dome, and then the Treasury and the Golden Pall. Your guide will tell you about the Treasury’s rich history and why it is considered one of the most important collections of sacred art in Italy.

The most important jewel in the collection is surely the Pala d’Oro, specifically forged for the Basilica. Its creation, from gold, silver, precious stones, and enamel, took nearly 4 centuries of work and was finally completed in the 14th century.

At the end of the guided tour of the Basilica you’ll be escorted to the Rectory, where your guide will lead you down an exclusive hallway that connects St. Mark’s Basilica to the Rectory Bridge and Foundation with direct access to the fascinating Cloister of St. Apollonia. You’ll enjoy a view of the famous Bridge of Sighs on the way.

The Cloister of St. Apollonia is located on the site of a former Benedictine monastery that now houses the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the Marciano Lapidary, and the Historical Patriarchal Archive. Note the Romanesque elements of the Cloister, typical of the nearby mainland and not normally found in Venice.

You’ll see the Marciano Lapidary, an important collection of decorative fragments that used to adorn St. Mark’s Basilica. The 13th-century wellhead, located at the center of the Cloister, and the flooring in its 12th-century brick herringbone pattern, are 2 of the remarkable elements your guide will point out during your visit.
What's Included
  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
  • Admission to the Treasury
  • Ticket to visit the Cloister of St. Apollonia
What's Not Included
  • Ticket to the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
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What to Remember
Please note:
• No credit or refunds will be given in the case of no-shows (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)
• During liturgical ceremonies, other special occasions, or exceptionally high tides, access to St. Mark's Basilica may not be permitted, and therefore the tour will not take place. In case of high water that prevents normal access to St. Mark's Basilica, ask the Basilica personnel on the spot for directions
• Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire (no shorts or sleeveless tops). Backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons. Prior to your visit you will be required to deposit any luggage at the Ateneo San Basso
• This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants on the tour with you
• The tour is bilingual

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