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

4.2 / 5

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

From £32.74 per person

Admire St Mark's Basilica's golden mosaics and observe the original 4 bronze horses exhibited in the museum up close. Marvel at the wonderful inside of the Basilica from above then admire the unique view of St Mark's square from the panoramic terrace.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • Admire St Mark’s Basilica from several unusual perspectives
  • Gain rare access to the upper floor and the panoramic terrace over St Mark’s Square
  • Observe the precious St Mark’s Basilica mosaics up close
  • Marvel at the sight of the 4 majestic original bronze horses
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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.

  • Guided tour
  • Access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Access to the Museum of St Mark’s Basilica
  • Access to the outdoor terrace
  • Entrance ticket to the Treasure
  • Entrance ticket to the Pala d’Oro
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the TURIVE kiosk near the post office.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Flash photography
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • No refund can be granted if you don’t show up at the time and the meeting point specified on the voucher
  • People with walking difficulties and wheelchair users may not be able to access the whole tour
  • Shorts, sleeveless dresses, low-cut clothes are not allowed
  • Suitcases, backpacks or bulky bags are not allowed for safety reasons
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

based on 30 reviews

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The guide, Matteo, was very knowledgeable and informative and it was great to be able to go in and find out all about the history of St Marks. Matteo was very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I recommend this guide to anyone who is interested in going to Venice.

22 February 2020

7 August 2021

very interesting guided tour of the basilica The guide, very well prepared on the subject, was exhaustive in the presentation and explanation, ready to answer all our questions and curiosities. Experience to be repeated.

2 August 2021

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