For reasons that a visit will make abundantly clear, St Mark's is also known as the Chiesa d'Oro - the Church of gold - and is the best known example of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It was originally the chapel of Venice's Doge, and became the city Cathedral relatively recently, in 1807.
It's a given that a visit to Venice isn't complete without a visit to St Marks Basilica - Basilica di San Marco - but, given the paucity of information supplied inside the building, your visit is likely to be less than complete without the insights, explanations and sheer sense of history that an expert tour guide will provide.
St Mark's is an appropriately opulent symbol of the wealth and power of Venice and has many, many hidden spaces and treasures - we usually have a range of guided tours of the cathedral, all with skip-the-line entrance.
The buttons below will give greater detail on the tickets and tours we usually offer throughout the year, and do use our calendar to check availability!
The cathedral is open seven days a week and the opening hours are typically:
The interior of the Basilica is usually illuminated from 11.30 AM to 12.45 PM Monday to Saturday. There is no charge for entering the cathedral independently, but queues can be very long - our tours are all skip-the-line during high season, no matter what queues there may be outside.
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