The Golden basilica: skip the line

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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. 

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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.


Key details

  • Meeting point: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Do NOT go to the Bell Tower. (See the map and indications below)
  • Ending point: San Marco area
  • Availability & operation: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The tour does not operate on 25th April – 22th June - 15th August – 1st November – 8th and 25th December – 1st and 6th January and during unplanned religious celebrations.
  • Departure and meeting: From Monday to Saturday at 12:00 AM (not available on Sunday). Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Inclusion: shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line”: The Basilica and Pala D’Oro guided tour – Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Duration: 1 hour (20 minutes more for the Glass craftsman at work in St. Mark's Square). 
  • Languages: the visit is monolingual: from April to October: English, French, Spanish and German from Monday to Saturday - Italian only on Saturday.
    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.
  • Gross price public rate € 27 per person - Free under 6 years old- No minimum participants
  • Sale & reservation: Free sale until the beginning of the tour
    Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).
  • Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”.  Mobile vouchers are accepted
  • Commission: refer to contract
  • Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm

Unfortunately, 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 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 could be shared with guests not belonging to the same party
For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.


HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT:

ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO 

Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.
 

ARRIVING ON FOOT

The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.

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Highlights


•             An incredible guided tour which throws you back through the centuries and history of the Glorious Republic of Venice!
•             Relish a full visit of a masterpiece of byzantine art
•             Grab the opportunity to admire the famous Pala d’Oro.

Route

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