Join me for an in-depth visit to the greatest monument of Venice!
I will explain you why and when the wonderful Basilica of St. Mark's was founded. . . Erected in just 31 years and later enlarged, it took us more than 500 years to complete its astonishing decoration.
Enter with me skipping the endless line with the reservation tickets I'll have bought for you and let yourself feel overwhelmed by the magnificent beauty of its 42000 square feet of mosaics and let me explain you their religious and political meanings. Access the area of the Chancel where a sarcophagus contains the holy relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist preserved here since year 828. Follow me to admire the famous Golden Altarpiece visible only to few like you!
Access the upper external terrace where you'll have the most amazing view on St. Mark's Square! From here I'll illustrate you the history and functions of the main sites of the "Piazza".
Admire the original four Horses, stolen by the Venetians in 1204 during the conquest of Byzantium.
Meeting Point: At the entrance of the Museo Correr
Stop 1: Historical explanation of the erection of the church from the outside
Stop 2: Enter St. Mark's Basilica with Skip the Line tickets
Stop 3: Enter the Presbytery and admire the Golden Altarpiece and see where the relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist are preserved
Stop 4: Access the external upper terrace of the Basilica of St. Mark
Stop 5: Admire the original Four gilded Horses
Stop 5: Have an amazing view over St. Mark's Square
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: At the entrance of the Museo Correr, under the porticoes of the Napoleonic Wing, at the western side of Saint Mark's Square.
Duration: 3 hours
Saint Mark's Basilica is a place of worship.
Dress code: no shorts, no miniskirts, no sleeveless, no bare shoulders. No pictures are allowed. Backpacks not allowed in the Basilica but can be dropped in its cloackroom.
St. Mark's Basilica may be closed without notice in case of unscheduled religious services. In case of floods and from Nov. 1 to April 30 there is just one access to enter the Basilica.
Nov to June: MON>SAT 9am-5pm SUN+HOL 2pm-5pm
June to Nov; MON>SAT 9am-5pm SUN+HOL 2pm-5pm
- Guiding Services
- Admission Tickets
ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED
10 Euro - It is totally up to you how much cash you want to bring, but I suggest you to bring at least €10 with you in case you need to get small thing such as some water or a souvenir.
- Personal Expenses
Being an accredited Tour Guide I have no restriction at all.