Saint Mark's Basilica
Tours for Saint Mark's Basilica
About Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice
The name ‘Church of Gold’ is well deserved. This magnificent Byzantine building is the most opulent, elaborate and lavishly designed/decorated/gifted building in all of Venice. And until the early 18th century, it used to be the Doge’s private little chapel. The only one who had a better building to pray in in the world was the Pope. You are only allowed 10 minutes inside, so make the most of it. The major stands out features (almost each of which have their own fascinating history) are:
- 8000 sq metres of gilded interior mosaics
- Five arched portals in the lower register
- Large bronze doors
- Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Art
- Horses of Saint Mark
- The Winged Lion (Venice’s symbol) above the central window
- The statue of the Four Tetrarchs from Constantinople
- Greek cross design
- Geometrically designed marble floors
- The gem studded the Golden Pall
- The Treasury
St. Marks Museum: Housed inside the basilica, it has it’s own fees and is definitely worth checking out. It’s established between the Basilica’s vestibule and the Doge’s old banquet hall. The exhibits here cover the Quadriga, Mosaics, Textiles and Antiques. They are most informative.
Saint Mark's Basilica Information
- You cannot bring any bags inside with you; avail the locker facilities.
- Photos and filming are forbidden.
- Loud explanations are not allowed, the use of earphones is permitted.
- Make sure you’re conservatively dressed.
- Disabled visitors should call +39-0412708311 for arrangements.
Saint Mark's Basilica Opening and Closing Hours
- The Museum hours are 15 minutes shorter than the Basilica’s. It is open throughout the day on sundays and public holidays.
How To Get To Saint Mark's Basilica by Public Transport
- Vaporetti: From Piazzale Rome- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
- From Santa Lucia Railway Station- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
- From Lido di Venezia- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 5.2, San Zaccaria stop.
Restaurants Near Saint Mark's Basilica
- Caffe Florian
- Caffe Quadri
- Ristorante Quadri
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Book Saint Mark's Basilica Tickets And Tours
Discover Venice from a double perspective on a combined tour which includes a fascinating gondola ride and a guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy the city from the water and then admire the golden interiors of the majestic Byzantine cathedral of Venice in a small-group tour.
A full immersion into Venice and its ever lasting symbols: The Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St Mark and a beautiful walking tour to learn more about life in a water city
A skip-the- lines guided tour to discover Venice's architectural gems and historical symbols: The Doge's Palace and the St Mark's Basilica.
Explore the best of Venice on this complete half-day tour: guided walk between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto area, avoid the long lines to enter St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace and enjoy a fascinating visit of the most famous attractions of Venice.
Share your experience - Rate Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice
This is a wonderful sight! It is beautiful, and incredibly historic. Two suggestions for those visiting. The lines are incredibly long, and they only let so many people into the basilica at a time. However, you can register online for a timed slot. You literally just show up at the appointed time, and you can skip the whole line. And second is that if you would like to visit the dungeon, you need to make sure to get there early. All of the dungeon tours are before 10:30. Have fun!
The outside of the basilica is stunning, the inside is pretty standard fare, it's a big church with lots of gold over the ceiling. If you're in a hurry, you can skip the inside. I went in October and the line went really fast, there only was a 5 min wait.
As many people have said, it's absolutely worth paying €2 to skip the long summer lines. Another tip, do be careful with what you wear as items considered "skimpy" are not allowed, and you'll be turned away. Alternatively, if your top is shoulder cut, you'll be asked to wrap up, or purchase a shawl for €3. Final tip, no bags are allowed in, under any circumstances. However, the bag storage can attract long queues, so make a "visit" to the museum's coffee shop (across the square) and drop your bag off in the locker room. It's free bag storage and, if you're doing many attractions, you'll not need to drag it around with you.
Only go here with a reservation online (skip the line). This place is free, but the skip the line ticket costs only 2 euros. It is worth not standing in the sun for hours. Inside the basilica is impressive, the ceiling is filled with gold. I've been to nicer ones, but this is definitely one of the best. The basilica is also very very beautiful from the outside. A must see in Venice (outside), recommended (inside).
The best place to visit in Venice. Incredible, and free! It is convenient to go early in the morning. I recommend to pay 2€ to see the "Pala d'oro" and 5€ to visit the upper part (including balcony to San Marco square), to see the mosaics very close.
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