SKIP THE LINE: The Golden Basilica.E

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A guided tour in one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a professional and passionate Guide, you will enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, you'll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics (the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone!) and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

Admire The Pala d'oro, exquisite example of the byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.

The Basilica is the perfect synthesis of Venetian art and a unique blend of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements with the Five Oriental-looking domes crown. 


Key details

  • Meeting point: Clock Tower in Saint Mark Square, near the exchange office (the white bulding with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour.
  • Timetable: from monday to saturday at 12:00 PM
  • Languages: from April to October: English, German, Spanish and French: every day - Italian only on saturday. The visit is monolingual.
    From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday. The visit could be bilingual.
  • Price: € 25 - Free under 6 years
  • Duration: 1 hour (20 minutes more for the demonstration in St. Mark's Square)

At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark's square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.

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This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
Tour does not operate on Sunday, on 25th April, 8th and 25th December, 1st and 6th January; and in case of exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded).
For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops) – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica: prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time
During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.
Comfortable shoes suggested.
The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.
Mobile vouchers accepted.
For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.


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  • Skip-the-Line access to the stunning Basilica
  • Tour to areas usually closed to the public
  • Audio receiver device
  • Visit to the treasury & Pala d'Oro
  • Explanation of the famous Golden Mosaics


  1. Meeting point Clock Tower - St. Mark's Square