PRICE

$103.85

(678)

Key Details

City: Venice


Duration:1hr 30mins


Start Time: Times vary

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.

Tour Description

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 ...

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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.

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.

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 678 Customer Reviews

Mattia was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the Basilica and all of Venice. The whole experience with Walks of Italy was a good one, easy to book, on time and well worth the price charged. I will definitely use them again, thank you.

Janet

Mar 23, 2019

We were very impressed with this tour and with your guide. We had a tour the following day with our tour group and did not see a quarter of what we saw and learned with your tour. It was wonderful. It was recommended by a coworker as the best be had ever been on and I am so glad that I took his recommendation. Well worth the money.

Judith

Apr 10, 2019

Easy to find everyone , the tour guide was amazing, I was blown away by the basilica and so pleased we took this tour. Thankyou

Katy

Apr 02, 2019

This tour was a highlight of, not only our time in Venice, but our entire 9-Walks tours on our 3-city trip. Susan was our favorite tour guide and did such an amazing job of educating us about the Basilica's history, the history of its art, and the history of the area. She was the perfect narrator for us to receive such a special view of the Basilica. This tour left us in awe of the beauty of the Basilica and its history. We immediately came home and recommended this tour to my husband's sister, who will be visiting Venice in May. Best tour of our trip!

Jamie

Mar 26, 2019

Susan really enthused our group with her knowledge and very entertaining presentation during a truly wonderful after-hours tour. On what was a very cold and blustery evening she held all our imaginations with the detailed history and legends of the Basilica with an especially atmospheric time in the interior. We are extremely happy with our experience and considered it good value for money and would definitely request Susan as our guide when we are fortunate enough to visit Venice again. Margaret & Bill

Margaret

Mar 25, 2019

Brilliant tour the guide really made it interesting and was passionate about the subject, wish it could have been longer.

Janet

Mar 23, 2019

Mattia was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the Basilica and all of Venice. The whole experience with Walks of Italy was a good one, easy to book, on time and well worth the price charged. I will definitely use them again, thank you.

Janet

Mar 23, 2019

We were very impressed with this tour and with your guide. We had a tour the following day with our tour group and did not see a quarter of what we saw and learned with your tour. It was wonderful. It was recommended by a coworker as the best be had ever been on and I am so glad that I took his recommendation. Well worth the money.

Judith

Apr 10, 2019

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Important Information

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