Duration: 45 minutes of shared guided tour 

Languages: English 


Skip the line with the fast-track entry and follow your guide inside the Golden Basilica with its works of art and pure gold mosaics.


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A tour of St. Mark's Basilica, a fascinating experience that transports you to the rich history and extraordinary art of this magnificent cathedral. 


Admire the iconic facade, adorned with winged lions and ancient columns, before entering a world of artistic splendour. Inside you will find breathtaking golden mosaics covering the Basilica's 43,000 square metres and intricate marble inlays on the floors. 


With the help of our expert guide, you will learn about the biblical scenes, the symbolism of the mosaics, and the importance of the church and the works of art it houses. You will discover the history and legends behind the frescoes and the majestic five domes, and you will be amazed by the splendour of the play of light created by the golden mosaics inside the Basilica.


During this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the best of the St. Mark’s Basilica. With its golden arches and the impressive golden naves you will be stunned by the dazzling light that the mosaics reflect.  


Join us on this unforgettable tour inside one of the world's most iconic cathedrals and get a first-hand account of the impressive beauty of this masterpiece of Byzantine art.


Continue your journey with an exciting virtual reality experience at the Yard of Venice Gallery. With the VR headset on, time peels away, revealing Piazza San Marco and its iconic monuments as they once were. Picture the Basilica transformed into the Doge's private chapel and the Doge's Palace into a medieval fortress!


Book your tour today and experience the magic!

The price includes
  • 45-minute shared guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica 
  • Skip-the-line ticket to St. Mark’s Basilica 
  • Audio-receiver devices (for groups over 10 people)
  • Virtual Reality Journey: Explore St. Mark's Square over the centuries
  • The Yard of Venice Gallery: St. Mark's Square history dedicated circuit
The fee does not include
  • Access to Pala D'Oro
  • Access to St. Mark's Museum & Terrace 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Things to know before leaving
  • The tour is NOT private but is shared with other participants.
  • The price is per person.
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility
  • For the visit to the basilica, clothing appropriate to the place of worship is required (NO bare legs and shoulders) 
  • On some high turnout days or for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high tide or security problems) the waiting time for access to St Mark's Basilica may be longer than expected: in this case, please get in line and respect the instructions provided by the guide
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Digital and printed vouchers are accepted (to be shown to staff)
Meeting Point
  • Meeting Point: Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, Venice Tours office, close to San Marco Square. Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time.


  • The office is located close to San Marco Square. Having the Basilica of San Marco behind you, stay on the right side of the square and go under the arches. Find Olivetti Museum, turn right passing under the archways, cross the little bridge and go straight on to “Campo San Gallo”, Venice Tours Office is located in the campo (small square).
Cancellation policies
  • No penalty for cancellation within 24 hrs before the tour. On line customer service 7 days a week, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it will be rescheduled for the following day or refunded)