Skip The Line: Venice Walking Tour With St Mark's Basilica

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Tour Information

Key Details

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy,
  • Return Details :
    Rialto Bridge, Ponte di Rialto, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Skip the line at St Marks Basilica and explore St Marks Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Marks Square as your guide explains its buildings and Venices history as a major maritime power during medieval times. Bypass the queues at St Marks Basilica to ogle its incredible interior, and delve into the quieter, less-visited side of Venice. Walk along small canals past palaces, squares and bridges; see where explorer Marco Polo once lived, and learn about daily life in the city past and present.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line

Know More about this tour

Choose from various departure times when you book. Then, when the time comes, start your skip-the-line walking tour near St Marks Square where your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the history of Venice and its famous square the citys social, religious and political hub for centuries.

As you walk around, learn why the first Venetians settled on what were unpropitious marshy islands, and how, through its mercantile wealth, La Serenissima as it was known grew to become one of the worlds mightiest maritime powers. Ogle the ornate architecture as your guide explains the buildings before you, and then admire the marbled exterior of St Marks Basilica.

Skip the lines at the entrance, and marvel at the opulent interior. Behold the gleaming mosaics and statues and learn why the Basilica is considered a masterpiece of Italian-Byzantine architecture.

Next, set off into the quieter, lesser-known Venice of small canal walkways and campi (squares), unseen by many visitors. See the Querini and Stampalia art museum (exterior only) and discover hidden squares, bridges and loggia-fronted Gothic and Renaissance palaces. Learn how the floors of the palaces had specific uses and hear stories about daily life in the city during the days of the Venetian Republic.

Visit the squares of Santa Maria Formosa and Santa Marina, and look round the Il Milione courtyards named after Marco Polos Il Milione, the Venetian explorers personal accounts of his far eastern travels. Wander onto the Marco Polo Bridge and see the stone plaque that marks what was once his family house.

After around two hours, walk back to the Grand Canal where your tour ends near the Rialto Bridge.

Please note: On rare occasions, St Marks Basilica is closed without notice due to religious festivities or high water in Venice.

Inclusions

Walking tour (maximum 25 people)

Professional guide

Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Tour operates rain or shine

At certain times it may not be possible to enter to St Mark's Basilica due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued

Large bags are not allowed into St Mark's Basilica

In condition of high water, St Marks Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed

Skip the line tickets to St Marks basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Marks Basilica, this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers

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