Don't miss this guided tour to Saint Mark's Basilica, the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Venice, and 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. Because of its rich design and gilded mosaics, the church is often simply referred to as “the Golden Basilica.” Your tour guide will introduce you to this jewel of Venice, and unveil some of its secrets to you.
Info & BookingA guided tour in one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a Tour Guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, 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 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 splendour of the religious art collected along the centuries.
Tour departs from under the Clock Tower in Saint Mark’s Square.
Tour must be reserved with 3 working days advance.
Tour lasts 1 hour
Tour is available at 12noon everyday as follows:
- Multilingual (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian): everyday except Sunday
Not available on Public Holidays.
For the visit of the Basilica, suitable clothes are requested. Due to security reasons, sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside. Visit during liturgical celebrations is not permitted.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, tour cannot be canceled nor refunded.
The Golden Basilica
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 4,000 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.
Once the visit is confirmed, you can not cancel or modify.