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VIP Alone in St. Mark’s Basilica

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • After closing time, when visitors have been pushed out, a guard unlocks the doors of St. Mark’s Basilica for us to explore the city’s most important building completely alone!

  • Not only will we see all general access areas of St. Mark’s Basilica, traveling with an official guard we’ll unlock doors to visit special areas such as the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark himself are said to lie and the Pala d’Oro.

  • You’ll travel in a small group of max. 15 people with an expert tour guide at the helm, to tell you the stories and help you spot the details. Access is limited to Walks of Italy groups only and we’ve capped it at 4 groups per day.

St. Marks Basilica St. Marks Basilica The Horses of St Mark Gold mosaic roof tiles, St. Mark's Basilica

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

St Mark's Basilica, exterior

ENTER ST. MARK’S BASILICA AFTER CLOSING TIME – EXCLUSIVELY WITH WALKS OF ITALY.

Your tour starts at St. Mark’s Square, where your guide meets you, kicking off your adventure with thrilling anecdotes and swashbuckling stories. Learn about the history of Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica—like how it received its precious relics via a 9th-century kidnapping! Then comes the real treat.

All of the passersby will wonder where you’re going as a custodian unlocks the basilica’s doors for you and walks you right in. Inside, take a deep breath. You’re experiencing St. Mark’s Basilica as almost nobody else does, or ever has ever been able to (aside from the Doge himself) – empty!

No standing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists, no seeing the church as if through a strobe light from hundreds of popping flashbulbs, no noise from the crowds. Instead, you’re alone with your guide and the custodian. So you can experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

The horses of St. Mark's

ENJOY A VIP ST. MARK’S BASILICA TOUR, VISITING AREAS USUALLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Of course you won't have to queue outside the Basilica since entrance won't be granted to anyone but Walks of Italy groups. When you get inside, you'll feel the real benefit of this.

During the day, lines are long to see the stunning Pala d’Oro, a Byzantine altarpiece that uses more than 1,900 gems. Visiting at night though, you'll have it all to yourself, so you can walk right up without the wait.

Since you’re alone in the basilica you'll also have the rare opportunity to go where other visitors can’t. The custodian will unlock areas such as the crypt, said to be the place where the bones of St. Mark are kept. Here you can also see the stained walls, from the past floods that have devastated Venice—the crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city.

But that's not all. There's another hidden advantage to visiting St. Mark's Basilica at night. This is when the mosaics are at their most beautiful, with all 43,000 square feet lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark.

Incredible frescoes inside St.Mark's Basilica

SMALL GROUPS AND EXPERT GUIDES – FOR A TRULY INTIMATE EXPERIENCE.

If just seeing the basilica this way weren’t entrancing enough, there’s also your guide, an expert who’s passionate about Venetian art and history—and about sharing it with you in the most fun way possible. You’ll hear the tale of how St. Mark’s became St. Mark’s, a story that pivots on a prophecy, a kidnapping and a dangerous sea voyage!

Throughout your St. Mark’s Basilica tour, you’ll travel in small groups of only 15 people or fewer. As Walks of Italy is the only company with this access, we can also guarantee that there will be no more than four groups inside the basilica when you visit.

Walk with us inside the heart of Venice, witnessing the basilica as it was meant to be seen – imposing, impressive and exquisite. For a one-hour tour that will give you memories to last a lifetime!

Sites visited

  • St. Mark’s Square
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • The crypt of St. Mark’s
  • The Pala d’Oro altarpiece

Included

  • Exclusive access to St. Mark’s after closing
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 467 Customer Reviews

I live in Vicenza and would like to know if there is any discount I can have for bringing friends and colleagues to you on a regular basis. My email is Kiheinrichs@me.com. Thank you
Fantastic! A small Group and Moses knew just everything.
One of the best tours we have been on. Great guide!
Mose was a fabulous guide, always engaged and entertaining and knowledgeable. We will surely recommend this tour to friends and family!
Josie was amazing! Really made the tour special with all of her knowledge. What an amazing place to visit! Wow!
Our tour guide Andrea is very passionate about her job. You can sense it from the way she talks about St. Mark's Basilica. She's very smart and would highly recommend her tour to others I know.
superb tour, magical at night with so very few people inside, the guide was very good, both me and my partner agreed that it was excellent , thanks !
Totally swell! And our guide was not only informative, she was charming and amusing.
This was the best tour! Thank you!
Our guide, I think her name was Francesca, she was tall and blonde,was amazing! We felt very lucky like we had scored the best guide of the evening. 5/5!!
This is one of the best short tours I’ve ever been on. It was interesting and fun, and our guide was fantastic.
Our guide was excellent. We truly enjoyed the experience.
Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our tour and our guide. Seeing St. Mark's basilica with so few people and an excellent guide have been a highlight of our trip to Italy thus far. Grazie Mille!
Great tour with a really super guide, who was both knowledgeable and humorous. It struck just the right tone between anecdote and historical fact. Thanks so much.
It seemed to me that the guide could have been a little more respectful toward the Catholic church. Although her attitude did not offend me personally at all, committed Catholics may not have been pleased.
Great tour and great guide!
A fabulous tour, the highlight of our trip to Venice. Moses was informative and amusing and the hour and a half flew past.
Our tour was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. The guide was excellent..very knowledgeable. It was wonderful seeing the Basillica in a small group. And seeing as the lighting was increased was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice
Mateo was an awesome guide no the tour was fabulous.
Even better than we expected. Don't loose the exclusivity! The more groups, the less special it will get.
Outstanding tour and the perfect guide. A true highlight of our Venice experience!
It was a very special evening and our tour guide was truly outstanding. He was superb. I will recommend this tour to anyone I know traveling to Venice.
Our guide was so inspiring and passionate. He brought our tour alive. I wish that I could remember his name. I suggest that the guides have cards to give to people who wish to complement them. I have recommended This tour to others. Thank You
Wonderful company. No problems and Elena was fantastic!! We couldn't have asked for better!!
This was the highlight of our weekend in Venice and our guide was brilliant. Knowledgeable, articulate, humorous and passionate about her city and the cathedral. We were both delighted... it's not cheap but it's so worth it
Great night time tour and a wonderful guide!
This was a great tour, and it was so special to see St. Mark's Basilica all lit up. Our guide, Moses, has a lively and entertaining presentation, and I could listen to his lovely accent all night. Really enjoyed learning about the history of this amazing building.
Excellent tour, the guide was spectacular. Charming, informative and funny showing the proper respect for the venue. Highly recommend
Oh, Mirco was a fantastic guide, animated and sweet-natured. Spending private time in the Basilica and seeing firsthand its glories is a moment I will treasure always. I have recommended this tour in particular, because of its thrilling and unique nature.
This is the second time I have taken this tour as it is excellent! Moise our guide is wonderful. I will take this tour again when I’m in Venice and will recommend to our friends.
Mose was superb, his passion and knowledge made the whole tour alive and vibrant, our best experience of our visit to Itsly
I can only say THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR EIGHT DAYS IN ITALY
The guide was outstanding
Excellent. Recommended by a previous satisfied customer, and glad for it!
Excellent guides who are extremely knowledgeable . Tours are punctual and detailed and group sizes quite manageable. We both enjoyed our experiences and would highly recommend Walks of Italy.
All I can say is fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Claudia was exceptional.
The opportunity to see St. Mark's without the congestion was worth it!
Very organized and our guide, Mary, was excellent. Lots of facts and pretty funny.
Guide (Josie) was fantastic!
We really enjoyed the after hours tour! The history lesson was excellent and our guide spoke great English. I highly recommend this tour!
Micro was a fantastic guide. Not only Knew what was necesasary, but was paaionate about it and that came thru in his presentation.
Our guide Nicoletta was wonderful and this is such an amazing tour experience - thank you for offering it. We have another Walks of Italy tour coming up in a few days, we hope we enjoy it as much as this one.
So fantastic! Very special.
Our tour guide Marie-Therese was amazing. She was so informative and enthusiastic . You can tell you really loves what she does. This has been my favorite tour by far!
This was one of the best tours we have done ... I would highly recommend it ...we had it all to ourselves no crowds pushing & shoving.. seen things you would not see on Day tours .. I'd definitely do it again !
Guide was personable , engaging and very knowledgeable. Tour was truly memorable! Thank you.
I can not express how wonderful this tour is... and our guide was perfection. Do yourself a favor and take this tour
I really enjoyed the tour with Marie-Therese. She was well-informed, thoughtful, and had a charming manner.
What a spectacular experience. It was a privilege tohave the time and the knowledge of our wonderful guide. This is the only wayto experience the marvels of San Marco. Grazie mille!!!!
Mose was extremely knowledgeable and really in tune with the Basilica and its rich history, and being Catholic - he really knew the faith and spiritual stories expressed in the art. Being there at night was pretty amazing, but the tour was quite pricey. Mose was an excellent guide.
This guided tour of the Basilica was superb one of the main highlights of our short break in Venice - in this day and age the word 'awesome' is overused but in this case the basilica with lights on at night was exactly that.
Tour was well organized and guide's knowledge of the history of the basilica and her upbeat personality made for an enjoyable and informative time.
This was absolutely wonderful !!! I have already recommended this tour to everyone in my hotel. I have Told them that this is the most special experience and as You know the guide is a huge part of the success of any tour and when they book they should ask for Mirco.
Excellent guide
A must do when in Venice.
We enjoyed the tour very much and our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable!
A unique opportunity to view the Basillica. Would have liked to have been able to see the bronze horses, but understood access was difficult at night.
It was very informative. I learned a lot. thank you
Spectacular tour, the ability to view the basilica with out all of the crowds was amazing. Our guide was great and provided a lot of historical background. Already recommended the tour to others we have met on our trip.
My guide is excellent. Very knowledgeable, personable and friendly Will definitely go on tours with your company in future
Excellent!! Very well done! Thank you Duncan and Denise
Excellent tour! Loved it and loved the guide!
Giuseppina is an amazing guide. Her knowledge and enthusiasm made the experience very enjoyable and we would highly recommend the Alone in St. Mark's to anyone interested in Venice history and architecture.
This Tour was AMAZING! It was truly magical to be in St. Marks with such few people and be able to take it all in. Marie-Therese was incredibly knowledgeable and made a tour light and fun while still covering so much history. Fantastic. This is a MUST do in Venice.
The guide was excellent. Intelligent and funny!
Thank you. It was awesome tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable and very passionate about history. We are very pleased and happy. Thank you. We also took a few tours in Rome with Walks of Italy. We're happy with those tours as well.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Elena. She is a huge asset to your company. She was engaging, hospitable and entertaining and guided us through the most wonderful tour of St. Mark's Basilica. The tour itself was wonderful and we will continue to recommend the tour and Walks of Italy.
We had the most phenomenal guide! He was not only incredibly knowledgeable about history and art history but he was a natural born storyteller. I have never enjoyed a guide so much. I could listen to him for hours and hours. Well worth the price of admission. Thanks so much!!
Mose was the perfect guide for this most inspiring and awesome event. We will definitely recommend you! Greetings from Kholeka and Thomas
Our guide was the best. Very interesting and informative. Thank you
I joined this tour last minute and you were very accommodating. Although I was late I didn't feel I missed out on anything.
Very informative and interesting
We took a 10 day Mediterranean cruise before arriving in Venice. We had private tours at many of our ports of call. Without a doubt, Eleanore was our favorite guide. She made a special evening even more enjoyable for our family.
Elena was absolutely charming knowledgeable and positive and she really made our tour incredible. Thank her for us. Tom Drummond Kansas City, Missouri
Elena was an amazing guide; very knowledgable and fun!
A little expensive but worth it. Our guide was wonderful! Thank you.
We absolutely enjoyed every minute of our tour of St Mark's Cathedral. Our guide was outstanding, passionate and engaging!
Fantastic tour! Moses (I'm sorry, I have forgotten his Venetian name) was the best part of a really wonderful tour. We booked two more tours with your company after we did this one because we were so happy with it. And we were not disappointed. Thank you very, very much!
Mirco is knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Venice and of St. Mark's in particular! I learned a lot and left with a sincere appreciation of the Venetian culture. This tour was recommended to me by a friend who comes to Venice every year. I now recommend the tour, as well.
This was an exceptional tour and would thoroughly recommend it to other travellers. Giuseppina was an extremely knowledgable guide who gave us a remarkable insight into the history of the Basilica.
The best guide we had all week - couldn't have been any better.
I took two tours with the same guide - the doges secret passages and the after hours basílica tours on different dates. This guide was AMAZING - professional knowledgeable and warm - could not ask for a better experience. Regards, Dr Pincon
Mirco was awesome, very knowledgeable and helpful.
Absolutely brilliant evening tour.
The guide was very engaging, and gave us a wonderful history of the basilica from its moorish-orthodox beginnings. She made the story of the relics of St Mark intriguing. I felt I saw more than had I just walked in casually to see the basilica.
Really great!
The tour was great. The guide was great. He really enjoys what he does and it comes through with his presentation of the information. I will post a review on trip advisor.
Moses was excellent!
Our guide was informative, personable and humorous. We had a wonderful time. Thank you.
Great opportunity to see St Mark's Basilica without the crowds.
Excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable and funny.
The Basilica is a must see and to see it alone and without waiting in line was worth the price of this. Our guide was knowledgeable, personable, smart and conscientious and that made for a memorable experience. We highly recommend our guide and this tour.
Thank you for choosing Mirco to be our guide! His in depth knowledge, courtesy and joviality made the night tour of St Marco Basilica a definite highlight of our visit to Venice! Hope that all our friends whom we recommended taking this tour might be fortunate to have Mirco as their guide
Moses was our guide and he was excellent! Being in St. Mark's in the evening minus crowds and with lights as well as access to special areas made for a memorable evening!
Issues with rebooking this tour Refer to emails previously
Our guide Mose' was excellent and very knowledgeable. Getting to see the inside of the lighted bassilicca was amazing.
Guide was knowledgeable and given the delay in getting in to the basilica she continued to share history and facts with the group
Apart from a 30 minute + delay in getting into the cathedral (an unexpected special service was being held) this tour was excellent. Very impressive, and a very good and knowledgable guide.
Guide was knowledgeable, informative, and included everyone in the group.
Perfect!
The tour was unbelievable and worth its high price. Our guide was very good. The support staff that was at St. marks Square to organize the tour was also very helpful, professional, very organized. I highly recommend this tour and our guide.
Moses was excellent - enthusiastic and knowledgable! Loved the night tour - so nice to not be rushed through such an amazing place!
Only problem is poor quality of headseats and earphones
Nicoletta was an excellent guide! Her detailed explanations were wonderful and she has extensive, passionate knowledge of the Basillica and Venetian history. The tour was absolutely amazing and an unforgettable experience! We loved it!!
wonderfull experience with and enthusiastic and very knowledgable guide
I found the tour very informative and a wonderful experience to be in the church at night without all the crowds being able to ask questions. This is a tour I have highly recommended to my friends and family. Thank you
This was a fantastic tour. Getting to see the inside of the basilica with the lights on was amazing.
Phenomenal Tour! Couldn't believe we were literally the ONLY ones in St. Mark's Basilica at night. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and engaging. I would absolutely recommend this tour to EVERYONE.
Really unique tour and felt very exclusive. Guide was very passionate not just about the art and the history,but also about the future of the basilica with the effects of the tides and water damage.
Loved this private tour.
This was my 4th trip to St. Marks, all during the day. I highly recommend the nighttime tour, the mosaics on the ceilings are magnificent. You don't get to appreciate the mosaics during the day, look totally different. Loved the microphone system, excellent idea.
The tour was great, and our guide was very informative, personable and interesting!
I would definitely recommend this tour. To be able to see the Basilica after hours with a small group made the experience amazing. Our guide was wonderful. She very knowledgeable!!
Moses was awesome!!!!
"Moses" was spectacular. The tour was well managed and perfect. Worth every penny. I would highly recommend Walks of Italy based on this tour.
Guide did a great job, it was enriching, educational and fun!
Marina was the best guide we had on our entire trip! She was very clear and well informed about the subject matter.
Excellent tour- our guide was wonderful!
Wonderful tour! Enjoyed seein St. Mark's in such a unique way.
This was my third time doing the night San Marco tour and each time has been magical and wonderful . All of your guides are so knowledgeable, I only wish I had the entire day with them at San Marco.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour - it was fabulous and so was our guide. I will be recommending your tours (particularly of the Basillica) to any of my friends who plan to visit Venice. Thanks so much Isabelle
It felt like a privilege to be able to be one of only a handful of people to view and explore the basilica after hours. The tour was really in depth and really let us get up close and personnel with all areas of the basilica including the alter and the crypt.
Nicoletta was an excellent guide. We enjoyed the tour very much.
John and I LOVED the tour. Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining. We were enchanted by the beauty of the interior of the basilica all lit up. I would recommend this tour to any of my friends who plan to visit Venice.
Spectacular the way you bring up the lights.
Mose was outstanding and one of the best guides (and tours) we have had. His combo of deep knowledge, respect for the art and history and his sense of humor all made this a really informative and fun experience.
Mose was excellent. This was a very special and exciting tour.
What a marvelous experience. The guide was well informed; the tour was well organized; the tour started on time - and the Badilica at night exceeded expectations. I shall recommend it to friends.
Very informative and well worth it
Excellent! So glad we found out about it.
This is a great tour! In fact, I did it twice! Both guides were fun, well- informed, and lively. And the experience is one that you simply cannot have on your own. Thank you.
We had a first-rate guide (Moses)--completely knowledgeable and engaging. He was a delight, and we learned a great deal from him.
Made the experience so much richer. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Well worth the money. Made our evening.
This was a highlight of our trip! Great guide and wonderful experience.
Highlight of our trip to Venice.
A great and interesting tour with a fantastic guide
It was a very special tour, although a bit expensive. But to be able to walk into the areas not open to the public was quite spectacular.
Francesca was terrific! We loved the tour!
The tour of San Marco was a real highlight of our trip to Italy. Mose is extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. There was never a dull moment on the tour. I have already recommended this tour to others planning to visit Venice.
Excellennt guide, knowledgeable and engaging.
Excellent, informative tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and delivered with humour, passion and great energy. Very, very happy and would highly recommend!
This tour was amazing! Great insight into ancient Venice.
Fantastic tour. I visited St Mark's in 1981 during the day. I loved it but had not appreciated the stunning beauty of the interior until this tour. The guide was first class.
This was a great tour with an informative and very engaging guide who bought the story of the church to life. To be able to actually see the church, it's mosaics, the floor etc and then to go behind the altar and into the crypt was a wonderful experience.Thankyou.
Lovely to be able to spend more time in this wonderful space. Our guide (Moses, not sure of Italian spelling) was excellent.
A magical experience - the highlight of my week in Venice. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.
Knowledgeable commentary by the guide. Well organized. The lights gradually coming up in the darkened nave to reveal the golden mosaic was a wonderful experience. One of the highlights of visiting Venice. I would strongly recommend this particular walk.
This was an amazing experience overall. St. Mark's is an astonishing space, and the opportunity to see it at night (beginning in the dark as the lights were slowly turned on) was an incredible experience.
Francesca was a great guide! We all loved the lights being brought up slowly in the darkened church -- magical!
This tour was terrific. There was no crowd and we saw parts of the basilica I don't think we would have otherwise seen. The guide, Moses, was very informative. Just one tiny thing - he should say "God the Father" instead of "The Godfather."
The tour was excellent, we enjoyed it enormously. We liked our guide (Moses) very much indeed - he was informative and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed his sense of humour, too. All in all, it was a wonderful experience.
This was a magical experience enhanced by the excellent guide.
As you know from your records we were a family group of eight persons and we all had a wonderful time. Our guide was Mirko and he was very well informed. I had been in St Mark's some years ago but this was completely different and a very positive experience. Thanks you
Mirco was terrific and the opportunity to be in the basilica at night without crowds was a real treat!
Our guide was young, energetic, and a fountain of historical knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
The tour Gide was so great really my compliments Mrs Chapman
We loved the tour. There was no waiting in line, no crowds, and our guidewas very knowledgeable and very interesting. We loved it and will recommend it to our friends for future travel. Similarly, we will look into Walks relevant on offer for our future travels, wherever they may be. Thank you!
Very knowledgeable and through; my wife thought it was a bit too academic and dry.
The tour guide was excellent. The tour itself was very interesting and exciting. Great job.
The guide was excellent - knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour is the only way to truly see the beauty of the Church. Thankyou for offering this tour.
Excellent guide , he was passionate and made it very interesting.
Fantastic and very special tour...highly recommended. I can't think of a better way to really see St Mark's Basilica
Excellent tour
By far the best tour in all of Italy!!!
Astonishing and was deeply moved to be able to enjoy the majesty of St. Marks in all its glory. Thank you.
Great way to visit st marks basilica without the daytime crowds and heat. Mirco was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who really brought the place to life. Will definitely recommend to friends.
This tour was very informative and I loved that we were alone in the basilica after hours. Our guide was extraordinary and knowledgeable. Since I have taken so many of your tours I can say in terms of length it was perfect for children and adults.
Amazing! Recommended to all my friends if they are in Italy
The event was wonderful. The guide was excellent. best to you: Howard Sachs
It was excellent. Mose was also very insightful. Great job Mose!
Excellent guide and well conducted tour. Would highly recommend this tour.
This was one of the best tours we had. Our tour guide was superb!! Obviously loved his job and love sharing his knowledge with the group. He was so enthusiastic and made the church come alive. A very memorable experience.
Very knowledgeable and speaks clearly. A pleasant guide.
Will recommend Walks of Italy to friends. Our guide was very knowledgable and the tour was great. I do wish we could have gone up to the gallery/museum level to view the basilica from on high.
Wonderful tour and our guide could not have been more perfect. Best tour on the trip
This was the best thing we did in Venice. It was such a privilege to be able to see St Mark's Basilica after hours. Our Guide Josie was brilliant and really made the tour come alive. We would recommend this tour to anyone that visits venice. THANK YOU!
Wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Thanks so much.
This was an amazing tour! It is the best way to se Saint Mark's. Thank you Marina for an excellent job. I wish i could take more tour from you. Next trip.
Josie was a terrific tour guide - we loved her humor and intelligence. Our group was between 7 and 30 and we all enjoyed the tour immensely. We are very glad we booked it - what a magical way to experience St. Mark's Basilica, far from the madding crowds.
The tour itself was excellent but our guide was exceptional. She was I informative, funny and thoughtful and we loved touring St. Marks with her!!!
Guide was knowledgeable. Only concern headset stopped working last 20 min of tour.
Wow.. This tour was a stand out.. Francesca was amazing.. Best quire we've had.. Period.. The tour took us to some incredible parts of the church and Francesca's ethsuisium and humor was infectious.. An awesome presentation style.. Thank you so much
The tour was exceptional and the guide was very informative as well as very passionate about the history of Venice and the Basilica. We would highly recommend this tour to others.
Francesca was wonderful. It was a bit disorganized at first. Too many people? Did not start on time. But once we began it was very good. Very informative, personalized.
Our guide was fabulous a real gem. The tour was absolutely worth the cost. We highly recommend to others!
This is the second time we have done this tour (first time with Crystal Cruises), and the experience of Saint Marks at night is magical.
Very knowledgeable guide, worth every penny to see after dark without the crowd.
Mose was fantastic we learned so much!!
Outstanding guide and extremely knowledgeable . Excellent tour.
Mose did an exceptional job conveying his love of St Marks along with significant historical facts. We really enjoyed his sincere enthusiasm along with the many legends that make St Marks so unique. We thoroughly enjoyed it!!
the tour was well done. I appreciate how the guide gave us quiet time in the church as well to be with our own thoughts.
I'm so glad we booked this tour. Our guide was not only very knowledgeable but also highly entertaining and the opportunity to see the basilica so privately, let alone some of the sections normally unavailable to visitors, was priceless.
Seeing St. Mark's at night alone was an absolutely unforgettably experience. We were blown away. And Moise was an OUTSTANDING guide.
We loved the tour and are so glad we chose this tour of the Bascilica. Our guide was passionate and lovely. The small group was so appreciated. Wonderful the moment when the mosaics were lit up. Thank- you so much.
What a fabulous tour! Guisippina was a terrific guide, knwledgable, friendly and engaging, her passion for St. Mark's was obvious.Seeing the basilica lit up was such a treat! Being able to be up on the altar and in the crypt was amazing. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
Moses our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. Moses is a excellent guide and very passionate about the Basilica Santa Marco and the history of Venice.
We were very happy we took this tour; it was a unique opportunity that we could not have done on our own, and Mosè was the perfect guide. His enthusiasm and knowledge were exceptional,
This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide, Mose, was the best. He was a most outstanding guide and we enjoyed him and the tour very much.
Mosa was an outstanding guide! He was absolutely delightful!!
This is the only way to see the Basilica! Marie was a wonderful guide.
guide was very informative, entertaining and easy to understand. The walk was the highlight of our trip to Venice.
Excellent guide! She was extremely knowlegeable and had a sense of humor, too.
Our guide was phenomenal the best part of our Venice trip.
Mose was fantastic and obviously knew so much more than he was able to share in just an hour. An unforgettable experience.
A unique opportunity. We took the tour of St Marks with Walks of Italy during the day a few years ago so it was good to have both experiences.
Moses was awesome! What an incredible tour and experience!
Really knowledgeable guide who really provided an insight to the people of Venice, as well as the basilica.
This is the second time I've taken this tour and it was even better than the first time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and animated. We are also scheduled for your Vatican tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
Our guide, Mose (say Mos-AY), was knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed his humor. I also was grateful to avoid the crowds, see the mosaics lighted, and go down into the crypt. This tour is worth every penny!
It was perfect!
This has to be one of the top three tours we have ever taken, perhaps the best. I was truly overwhelmed with the difference between a day tour and this evening 's tour(I was able to do a day tour by mistake too) great guide who loved her tour job.
Elisabetta is an excellent guide. It was great to be able to visit St. Mark's without the crowds!
No criticism at all. The tour was prompt, easy to find (well, as easy to find as anything can be in Venice) and our guide was bright and informative. The only thing more beautiful in Venice than the Basilica San Marco, is the Basilica San Marco on a private night time tour.
Elizabeta was a great guide!
Great evening tour, the guide was fantastic and made the experience worth while. One issue was on the app is stated afterwards there would be a get together in a local bar with a glass of wine but this didn't happen.
Wonderful tour!
Mirco was very knowledgeable and passionate. Being in the church at a quiet time was brilliant
Moses was excellent! Very knowledgeable and had a wonderful sense of humor!
Our guide was knowledgeable and really excellent.
Even better than expected Was a highlight of Venice Guide was knowledgeable and passionate
Sorry this took so long. We were on a very long cruise and the Internet connection was awful. We loved our tour and our guide. Thank you for a really informative tour. Can't wait to return to Venice for another tour with you.
Marina was excellent. Her passion and love for the Basilica, art, and Venice were obvious.
Our guide was excellent. I continue to highly recommend the After Hours tour.
The most amazing tour - we absolutely loved it!
Same comment as earlier. The evening tour was wonderful because it wasn't crowded. We really enjoyed it.
Wonderful to go while there were so few people and with the mosaic lit up so beautifully. Quite magical.
This was a lovely end to our 3 city trip to Italy. I booked this for our last night and it was wonderful!
I am very happy that I found this tour for me and my friends. Our guide, Mosè, was excellent - very knowledgeable yet funny. I would recommend this highly.
Amazing! Mose was so knowledgable and kept a perfect pace. I couldn't have been happier with our tour. I reviewed it on Trip Advisor as well! Thanks for everything!
Entertaining, informative guide. We are recommending this as the only worthwhile way to experience St. Mark's cathedral
We loved the guided tour! We just found it very strange that everyone could take photos but not our group? The guid was very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions with ease! Was an amazing experience! Thank you!
Mirco was a wonderful guide - it really was a magical experience. Although it seems expensive, it is money well spent, and having the Basilica almost to ourselves was wonderful - and with no barriers - it really was "access all areas". The highlight of our trip.
Great trip, our guide was fantastic and the layout of the tour perfect.
Excellent very professional
This was an amazing opportunity to see and our guide Marco was great.
This was a wonderful evening, we really enjoyed it
Marco was fabulous - funny, knowledgable, easy to understand and a real local. Stunning tour that made us feel 'special'
Very informative and had a little humor to keep our attention the entire time.
It was a privilege to be in St. Marks in such a small group and with the lights on. An experience to remember.
Tour was outstanding. Guide was quite knowledgeable and informative.
A fascinating tour to make avoiding the crowds and wonderful to see the gold mosaics lit up. We did this tour on our first evening in Venice and our teenage boys loved it too. Marco was very interesting, although he could speak a little slower.
We absolutely loved it and our guide. It was worth twice the price! I still cannot believe we were able to do it!
Tour is exceptional. Guide extremely informative. Would shorted time outside basilica for history, and lengthen time inside
Exceptional Tour, with a great guide. Would recommend to others.
Mirco was an incredible guide. So knowledgable and friendly!
Moses was great! He was very passionate about the history and importance of the Basilica. He was engaging and informative about life in Venice. Wonderful experience!
One of the best tours we have attended.. Both our guide and the logistic set up was excellent.
Excellent tour. Mirca was a great guide providing insight into the art, architecture and history. He kept the interest of my wife and I as well as my 3 children, 14, 18 and 20. Would highly recommend the tour and guide.
Guide was wonderful
This was a stunning and amazing tour, truly a highlight of our stay in Venice! I don't have words for the beauty of the experience. Thank you for arranging such a great guide for such a great tour.
It was PERFECT!!!! his knowledge were outstanding!! We really enjoyed the tour.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. However the tour was a bit slow in starting
Great tour! This was the first tour we did on our 2-week Italy trip and it was very nice. Our guide was wonderful!
Great atour. Guide was extremely knowledgable and interesting. Highly recommended this tour. The Basilica is something else at night with the inside lights on!
It was a wonderful Walk, thank you. Very special, and one I shall never forget. Our Guide was OK - I was tired of her voice by the end, but I was tired in general, having just flown in from Sydney Australia....
Stephano was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed this tour.
That guide was the best of the three on that day
The guide was really good. My kids really picked up on the fact that he emphasised that it was a privilege to be able to see the things we were seeing. He was very passionate and engaging.
Our guide was fantastic, informative and answered all our questions fully and with patience.
Wonderful tour! The only concern was that the guide sometime talked quickly and it was difficult to understand him. We had a great time and loved seeing the basilica lit up! We have already recommended the tour to others!
Wonderful tour! The only concern was that the guide sometime talked quickly and it was difficult to understand him. We had a great time and loved seeing the basilica lit up! We have already recommended the tour to others!
Fabulous tour! A must-do in Venice.
I could not have asked for anything more.
Loved it! Susan was a fantastic story teller.
really special experience. was happy to be able to go.
Our guide was magnificent! Please pass on to him how much we thought of him! He made the tour come alive! Absolutely recommend him any day!
Thank you so much for a wonderful time! All of us will recommend your company and this walk to as many people as possible. Once again, thank you!
The tour was excellent, especially St Mark's Basilica. Susan was our guide and we found her to be very knowledgeable and personable and she took very good care of us on a cold, rainy evening. We are very happy!
Great opportunity to be with only 11 other people in St. Mark's Basilica! Loved the lights and the overall tour. Suggest you try to have the museum included in the tour as well.
Mose was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable about the art and history of St. Mark's and Venice. Being able to see St. Mark's after the crowds are gone was very special.
St. Mark's After Hours with Susan on September 19th. We loved the tour and thought Susan was a great guide. We have friends staying with us in Venice and have recommended the tour and to ask for Susan. She was informative and enthusiastic. We will certainly consider another tour. Thanks
We splurged and setup 3 tours with Walks of Italy. All were worth every penny! The guides were delightful, enthusiastic, well informed and the tours provided "backstage" access to areas we could never have seen on our own.
An incredible experience. To sit quietly and watch the lights gradually illuminate the wonderful mosaics was unforgettable.
Superb!!! Probably the most informative, awesome tour in Italy. Mose was knowledgeable, genial, & just an excellent, awesome guide. We learned so much, & the church alone at night was worth every penny!
Both tours were lead by Marina who was very knowledgeable and thorough on both tours. I would recommend her to others.
It was an amazing experience with an excellent guide. Very informative and helpful. He even assisted us in making our way back to the water taxi!
This tour was the highlight of our stay in Venice and Mose is an awesome guide. Passionate about what he does, very well informed, clear in his presentation of places and historic events, he gave us a very good picture of venetian life through the centuries. We highly recommend this tour!
Great Tour. Well worth the money.
It was fantastic! The whole experience was very moving and without the additional crowd made it so much better. The guide was knowledgeable and super nice. Will recommend it to anybody I meet.
Definitely one of the best tours we had in Europe. No crowds, informative guide - Mose was great - and exclusive access to behind the altar and the crypt. Would recommend this tour.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.

Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.

This tour runs rain or shine.

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Fantastic! A small Group and Moses knew just everything.
One of the best tours we have been on. Great guide!
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Mose was a fabulous guide, always engaged and entertaining and knowledgeable. We will surely recommend this tour to friends and family!
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Oistanding tour our guide Sabrina was outstanding
Josie was amazing! Really made the tour special with all of her knowledge. What an amazing place to visit! Wow!
Our tour guide Andrea is very passionate about her job. You can sense it from the way she talks about St. Mark's Basilica. She's very smart and would highly recommend her tour to others I know.
superb tour, magical at night with so very few people inside, the guide was very good, both me and my partner agreed that it was excellent , thanks !
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Guide was late. Spent too time outside in the cold and rain. We took two other tours Rome collosium whole day package and Pompeii. Both of them were excellent.
Can't see how this could have been improved upon: Giuseppina was extremely well-informed, passionate about her subject, amusing and a great communicator. Unusually, we were only 4 in the group - a friend of ours was also booked but was unwell, but even so, I cannot understand how so superlative an experience could have been so ill-attended: our good fortune, as we didn't need headsets and we could move freely. The Basilica by night is deeply atmospheric: seeing the ceiling mosaics gradually illuminated from darkness was breathtaking. I shan't forget this in a hurry.
Totally swell! And our guide was not only informative, she was charming and amusing.
This was the best tour! Thank you!
Why start a tour when you know you can’t enter the church for 30 minutes? The guide tried to fill the time with facts but it was too long and her nervous laugh became tedious. The movement inside the cathedral was well planned but it would have been good to be warned of the dramatic lighting of the interior - this alone made the tour memorable and value for money.
Our guide, I think her name was Francesca, she was tall and blonde,was amazing! We felt very lucky like we had scored the best guide of the evening. 5/5!!
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This is one of the best short tours I’ve ever been on. It was interesting and fun, and our guide was fantastic.
Our guide was excellent. We truly enjoyed the experience.
This was the BEST tour ever! I am so glad I came across it, as it isn't widely advertised. The small groups allow for intimacy in one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen...the lights are a must, as you cannot see all the works during the day due to limited window access for light/viewing. Group was only 11 people and our guide was a native and was amazing- WELL WORTH the money!
Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our tour and our guide. Seeing St. Mark's basilica with so few people and an excellent guide have been a highlight of our trip to Italy thus far. Grazie Mille!
Great tour with a really super guide, who was both knowledgeable and humorous. It struck just the right tone between anecdote and historical fact. Thanks so much.
It seemed to me that the guide could have been a little more respectful toward the Catholic church. Although her attitude did not offend me personally at all, committed Catholics may not have been pleased.
Great tour and great guide!
A fabulous tour, the highlight of our trip to Venice. Moses was informative and amusing and the hour and a half flew past.
Our tour was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. The guide was excellent..very knowledgeable. It was wonderful seeing the Basillica in a small group. And seeing as the lighting was increased was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice
Mateo was an awesome guide no the tour was fabulous.
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Even better than we expected. Don't loose the exclusivity! The more groups, the less special it will get.
Outstanding tour and the perfect guide. A true highlight of our Venice experience!
It was a very special evening and our tour guide was truly outstanding. He was superb. I will recommend this tour to anyone I know traveling to Venice.
Our guide was so inspiring and passionate. He brought our tour alive. I wish that I could remember his name. I suggest that the guides have cards to give to people who wish to complement them. I have recommended This tour to others. Thank You
Wonderful company. No problems and Elena was fantastic!! We couldn't have asked for better!!
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This was the highlight of our weekend in Venice and our guide was brilliant. Knowledgeable, articulate, humorous and passionate about her city and the cathedral. We were both delighted... it's not cheap but it's so worth it
Great night time tour and a wonderful guide!
The tour was a remarkable experience . The basilica performed brilliantly and the guide (Moses) was well and truly up to the task of explaining its context, its creation, theology, mosaic production, history etc in considerable detail with erudiition and elan. I have no criticism of any aspect of the tour and will certainly recommend it widely.
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We have been on many tours and none have been as wonderful as this. Mirco was an absolutely fantastic tour guide. We learned so much and would highly recommend this to anyone. The meeting place was easy to find. The communication by email was timely and informative. The headsets were easy to use and Mirco made sure everyone could hear. He was accommodating to all guests. The group was small. Take this tour but take it with Mirco!!! Thank you.
This was a great tour, and it was so special to see St. Mark's Basilica all lit up. Our guide, Moses, has a lively and entertaining presentation, and I could listen to his lovely accent all night. Really enjoyed learning about the history of this amazing building.
The tour was good but too much time was spent outside before entering the Basilica, and the time in the Basilica was a bit less than I had hoped for
Excellent tour, the guide was spectacular. Charming, informative and funny showing the proper respect for the venue. Highly recommend
This tour, while somewhat expensive, completely exceeded our expectations. Our guide was amazing. He knew so much about St Marks, the history, the architecture and most importantly how those two things were interwoven into the culture of Venice. He opened our eyes to history 2000 years old in a way that was relevant in todays world, quite an amazing feat. Venice is so packed with tourists that to be able to get so close up to such an amazing facility without dealing with masses of people was a real treat. Bravo!
Oh, Mirco was a fantastic guide, animated and sweet-natured. Spending private time in the Basilica and seeing firsthand its glories is a moment I will treasure always. I have recommended this tour in particular, because of its thrilling and unique nature.
This is the second time I have taken this tour as it is excellent! Moise our guide is wonderful. I will take this tour again when I’m in Venice and will recommend to our friends.
Mose was superb, his passion and knowledge made the whole tour alive and vibrant, our best experience of our visit to Itsly