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Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica & its Treasures Tour

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Highlights

Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line ticket

Gilded mosaics & Byzantine domes of Venice's cathedral

Exclusive access to the Baptistery, Treasury & Zen Chapel

Ancient decorative elements that once adorned the basilica

Chance to step back in time on a comprehensive history tour

Highlights

Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line ticket

Gilded mosaics & Byzantine domes of Venice's cathedral

Exclusive access to the Baptistery, Treasury & Zen Chapel

Ancient decorative elements that once adorned the basilica

Chance to step back in time on a comprehensive history tour

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Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica & its Treasures Tour

Activity Location

Venice

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • St. Mark’s Basilica

    St. Mark’s Square

    Venice


Description

Thanks to an exclusive itinerary not accessible to other visitors, this tour allows you to discover many of the hidden places inside St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most popular attractions in the city. Top off the tour with a visit to the Treasury for a look at the opulence of Venice.

After breezing past the ticket line, your visit starts in the centre of the church, where you are comfortably seated as you listen to the fascinating thousand-year-long history of the basilica. Then, you are accompanied into 2 locations usually closed to the public—the Baptistery and the Zen Chapel.

Decorated with remarkable 14th-century mosaics, the Baptistery houses the baptismal font, the gravestone of Jacopo Sansovino, and the tomb of Andrea Dandolo—Venice’s last Doge buried in St. Mark’s Cathedral. Then, move on to the Zen Chapel. Converted into a chapel in honour of the Cardinal Zen, the Zen Chapel was once the entrance into the cathedral from the shore.

Next, you have a chance to admire the Treasury of St Mark’s Cathedral, housed in 2 rooms representing the only remaining relics of the bygone Doge’s Palace. The treasure, 283 unique pieces of mainly Byzantine and Islamic art, comprises splendid liturgical objects and a collection of reliquaries.

After seeing the treasure, move on to the major altar, which enshrines St. Mark’s remains and the magnificent Pala D'Oro—only open to the public during major celebrations. Considered one of the most precious objects in the world, the Pala d'Oro is made of gilded silver strips and decorated with precious stones and enamels.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of St Mark's Basilica, the Baptistery, Zen Chapel, and Treasury

  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica

  • Access to the Baptistery, Treasury, and Zen Chapel


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 5 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


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