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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

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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 to receive 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.
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • 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 208 reviews

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Andrea was an excellent guide clearly explaining some history of Venice and the Basilica. Being there at night and having access with a guide was far better than waiting on a long line to enter and then to follow a route for a short period of time. I highly recommend this tour without reservation.

September 26, 2022

Great tour, highly recommended. Our tour guide Grazia was really nice, friendly and engaging. I did visit San Marco before but never actually seen the little details she pointed out to us, explaining in such a interesting way. Her manner of talk is very enthusiastic makes time pass so quickly. The tour itself is well worth the money as you will see the mosaics in the dark and light is absolutely more beautiful compare to normal day light. They literally are coming alive. Absolutely magical..... They will be few minutes when lights are turned off - can not even explane the feeling - once in a lifetime.

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August 17, 2022

A great option to visit the Basilica in the middle of the season. We were in a group of 20 and there was no one except us and the guide in the Basilica. We could take a look at everything and take photos. We sat down for a moment, the lights went out and then they were slowly turned on - a beautiful sight! I recommend, a trip worth the price!

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August 13, 2022

Product ID: 397216

VA ID: 397216