Discover Venice's Golden Basilica on your schedule – choose a specific date and time and skip the line! Saint Mark's Basilica is the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Venice, and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. The city's most famous and most visited church is a prime example of the Byzantine style – its rich design and golden mosaics make it a “don't miss” sight on your Venice trip.
- Reservations available from April to October.
- The entrance of the Basilica is from Porta di San Pietro, the door on the left as you stand in front of the basilica facade.
- The length of the visit of the Basilica is 10 minutes, in order to allow everyone to visit while preserving the church integrity.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Basilica is free. Your ticket reservation (with the payment of the presale and online booking fees) allows you to schedule your visit and to access the Basilica without waiting in line.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Basilica of Saint Mark is a place of worship and prayer. Visitors are asked to respect some simple rules in respect of the place and worshippers. The pre-purchased ticket DOES NOT guarantee access or permission to stay inside the church if the Code of Conduct not respected, especially the dress code.
- Dress Code: shorts and mini-skirts, sleeveless or short tops are not allowed (no bare arms or bare legs).
- From November 19, 2015 all kind of bags (handbag, shoulder bag, backpack, suitcase and bum bag included) are not allowed into the Basilica. You can deposit them for free before your entrance at the Ateneo San Basso, next to the Basilica. The Ateneo Ban Basso is located in the Calle San Basso, which is just off the Piazzetta dei Leoni to the left of the Basilica, as you stand in front of the facade. We invite you to minimize the number of bags and backpacks to avoid the clutter of the deposit, and to bring with you wallet and/or other valuables.
- Please speak quietly and protect the silence.
- Reservations may be canceled at any time for reasons of force majeure, such as floods (Acqua Alta), religious events, or official and state visits. In these cases, your reservation remains valid for the whole day so you can make the visit at the closest available time.
From November to Easter:
Weekdays: 9:45am – 4.45pm
Sundays and Holidays: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
From Easter to the end of October:
Weekdays 9:45am – 5.00pm
Sundays and Holidays: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
You can also reserve the Audio Guide 2 Sites: Saint Mark's Basilica and Bell Tower
Audio Guide duration: 60 minutes.
Pick up: Audio Guide Desk of the Campanile di San Marco/Saint Mark's Bell Tower (Piazza San Marco) during the following hours:
Mid-March to the end of October: 9:30am – 4:30pm
November to mid-March: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Closed in January
Please note that the desk may be closed without previous notice for religious services, concerts, and extraordinary events.
Available in 5 languages: English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish.
PLEASE NOTE: By policy of the operator, we can accept up to 8 bookings per day. Reservations will be processed in order of arrival and date of visit, the surplus will be processed the next business day, up to 8 per day.
HOW TO USE YOUR VOUCHER: Print your voucher with the barcode and remember to bring it with you when you visit the Basilica. Only printed vouchers will be accepted. Without this, the entry gate at the priority entrance in the Basilica will not open. Your booking will be validated via the barcode on your voucher at the time of entry. The number of people showing up at the entrance must be equal to the number of people on the voucher.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Your booking cannot be modified nor canceled. The cost of priority booking is non refundable.
Save time ordering: Add all the service tickets you want into your basket, then fill in the form and send your request.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected].
How to reach Saint Mark's Basilica/Basilica di San Marco
From Piazzale Roma (bus and parking):
By vaporetto (water-bus):
Line 1 (in about 40 minutes)
Line 5.1 direct (in about 20 minutes)
Line 2 direct (in about 30 minutes)
On foot it takes about 45 minutes to reach.
From the Railway Station Santa Lucia (Ferrovia):
By vaporetto (water-bus):
Line 1 (in about 35 minutes)
Line 5.1 direct (in about 25 minutes)
Line 2 direct (in about 25 minutes)
On foot it takes about 40 minutes to reach.
A visit of Venice without a visit to San Marco is impossible to imagine. Take advantage of the great opportunity to discover Venice's Golden Basilica on your schedule – choose a specific date and time and skip the long line!
Saint Mark's Basilica is the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Venice, and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the city's most famous and most visited church, and a prime example of the Byzantine style. Because of its rich design and gilded mosaics, the church is often simply referred to as “the Golden Basilica.”
Saint Mark’s Basilica contains over 26,000 square feet of magnificent mosaics covered in rubies, emeralds, marble, and gold, making it a veritable jewelry box. The first church was built to celebrate the arrival of the body of Saint Mark in Venice in 828, cunningly stolen from Alexandria by Venetian merchants. A second building after a fire was erected in 976, after which the Basilica was rebuilt entirely and completed in 1096.
The Basilica of Saint Mark was originally the Doge's private place of worship. Until 1807, the church of San Pietro di Castello was the seat of the Archdiocese and the city's official cathedral.
Saint Mark's Basilica is more than just a church – it is a treasure chest for the religious, artistic, and cultural history of Venice and the Venetians.
Price per person: € 2.50
Admission to Saint Mark is FREE.
Your ticket allows you to skip the long waiting lines.
Reservation fee is composed of: presale € 1.50 + online booking fee: € 1.00 for a total of € 2.50 per person