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Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

1. Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square. 

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

2. Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic. See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons. Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations after the crowds have left for the day. A custodian of the cathedral will unlock its doors so that you can experience like only a doge could. Marvel at the gemstones of the Pala d’Oro altarpiece. Visit the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Admire mosaics in the soft glimmer of the evening light, and learn about Venetian art and history from your passionate guide.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

3. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

Avoid the long lines and discover 2 of Venice’s most important treasures on this walking tour. Meet your guide at Doge’s Palace and walk straight past the long lines of tourists. Walk through what used to be the home of the Dukes of Venice and learn more about this symbol of the city from your guide’s detailed commentary as you admire the numerous Renaissance frescoes located in the building.   Continue your visit to St Mark’s Basilica, where you will once again skip the lines of tourists. Admire the church’s famous gold mosaics and listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of each of these mosaics.   Finally, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Venice’s most important locations, learning more about its exotic history and transformation throughout the years as you stroll through its picturesque canals.

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Video

4. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Interactive Video

With our interactive map you will be able to move from one point to another in the historic center without time constraints: only you will decide what to see and when. Our private local guide will accompany you, through your smartphone, for the entire tour, providing you with all the curiosities, anecdotes and useful tips to experience the city at its best. You will be able to start your tour at the time you want and choose the monuments of your interest included in the itinerary, moving between stops without ever getting lost thanks to our geolocated directions. Unmissable stops will be the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square, one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the stunning Basilica, the Doge's Palace, home of the doges, the Campanile, from the top of which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of water, the Clock Tower. But if you really want to discover all the wonders of Venice's historic center, choose this unmissable Interactive Tour: art, bridges, canals and gondolas will make your eyes sparkle.

Venice: St. Mark's, Doge's Palace, and Venetian Islands Tour

5. Venice: St. Mark's, Doge's Palace, and Venetian Islands Tour

A spectacular treasure trove of art and culture, the charms of Venice could easily occupy you for a lifetime. Building on our years of experience exploring its atmospheric alleyways and gliding down its iconic canals, we’ve created our special Day in Venice itinerary to offer visitors the perfect introduction to the varied highlights of the floating city. Venice is a city of many faces: on the first half of our tour we’ll explore breathtaking sites that speak to the city’s centuries-long status as one of the world’s most important super-powers, including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace - twin triumphs of the Maritime Republic that stand spectacular guard over the monumental Grand Canal. The second half of our itinerary offers a complete change of pace as we embark on a thrilling water taxi ride out to three beautiful and unspoiled islands immersed in the Venetian lagoon where artisan crafts and ancient traditions are the order of the day – Murano, Burano and Torcello. The islands conserve another side of Venice’s past and present where time seems to stand still and centuries-old traditions of craftsmanship that have been passed down the centuries live on today. Join us to discover the world’s greatest and most historic centre of artisan glassmaking on Murano, Burano’s gorgeous patchwork of brightly coloured houses and fishermen’s huts, and the mysterious origins of Venetian civilization on isolated Torcello. Visiting the islands in the company of one of our expert local guides and with the comfort of a private water taxi at your disposal, this is the perfect way to experience the marvels of the Venetian lagoon!

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What people are saying about St. Mark’s Museum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,962 reviews

Once I collected the ticket in the place indicated, I downloaded an app on my mobile to listen to the guide of the basilica. I entered the Basilica in a very short time. Perfect service to skip the long line at the entrance to the Basilica.

Niko was very knowledgeable and personable as well. His love and passion for the history of art was impressive. Would love another tour with Niko.

This was an amazing tour as it was in the evening and St Mark's was closed except for two or three tours.

Great experience, we were literally alone with no other people around. Alexander the guide was great.

Magnificent Audioguide visit too complex Surplus to visit museum/floor and gold painting in the nave