Guided tour

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

From US$ 101.99 per person

Skip the long lines at St. Mark’s Basilica and admire it shimmering at night. See its opulent Pala d’Oro altar and collection of Byzantine art on a guided tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Private or small groups available
Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
  • Enjoy a nighttime guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Admire the basilica’s golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit
  • See some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world
  • Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the magnificent artworks
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
Full description
Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a nighttime guided tour. View impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your guide in the evening and step inside the illuminated St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, marvel at the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Saint Mark's Basilica visit
  • Pala d'Oro visit
  • Piazza San Marco visit
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in St. Mark's square. Once in the square, on the opposite side of the Basilica, you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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4.8 /5

based on 204 reviews

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We don't do a lot of tours, but after reading the reviews for this one, I decided to sign up. It was amazing. We were a part of a small group, and we basically had the entire basilica to ourselves while it was beautifully lit up and closed to the public. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and passionate about art history and architecture. It was a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

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November 13, 2022

What a magical experience. Our guide Marie Teresa was exceptional, so interesting and clear. She concentrated on the history of San Marco and its importance for Venice, and the artistic qualities of the mosaics and other architectural treasures. As an art historian, she has a wealth of expertise and her style is lively and engaging. This tour was definitely worth every penny and I would love to repeat it next time we are in Venice

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October 26, 2022

First I don't want to encourage you to do this. We got stuck on the other side of Venice and were 25 minutes late. I honestly don't remember her name. but a woman was standing at the entrance waiting for us. I had told my husband we were too late but he insisted on checking. As soon as we walked up she greeted us by name. We were in awe that she waited for us. She said the tour had started but they hadn't gone inside yet so she waited for us. I want to say she is amazing and made our night. Once we got in the church we were toured by Franchesca she is an Midevil Archeologist. And you can tell her knowledge was astounding. Her stories were amazing and I trust to be accurate. She just knew what she was talking about. She made this tour amazing. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to both ladies for making this a highlight of our trip. Everyone should ask for her by name because her tour was fantastic!!! Thank you both so much. From the 2 boys from Atlanta, GA. We appreciated you!!!

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October 11, 2022

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VA ID: 397216