PRICE

$104.71

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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 723 Customer Reviews

This was my second time to take this tour. It was just as delightful as the first time. My only concern is that there were too many people/groups this time. It didn't have that "alone" and intimate feel as before and we wasted a few minutes waiting for other groups to move.

Joanne

Jun 16, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, highly recommend the VIP After Hours rather than standing in a crowd of thousands during the day. Turning off all the lights and watching them come back on was magical. Pam was an excellent guide and I have also written a review on Trip Advisor. Thanks for a great tour. We had previously used Walks of Italy a number of years ago in Rome and would highly recommend.

Lynn

Jun 24, 2019

The tour was fantastic. Our guide was so enthusiastic about the basilica and it felt like she was telling us so much more than the other tour guides at the same time.

Paul

Jun 22, 2019

Kristin

Jun 22, 2019

Franz

Jun 20, 2019

Francis

Jun 19, 2019

This was my second time to take this tour. It was just as delightful as the first time. My only concern is that there were too many people/groups this time. It didn't have that "alone" and intimate feel as before and we wasted a few minutes waiting for other groups to move.

Joanne

Jun 16, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, highly recommend the VIP After Hours rather than standing in a crowd of thousands during the day. Turning off all the lights and watching them come back on was magical. Pam was an excellent guide and I have also written a review on Trip Advisor. Thanks for a great tour. We had previously used Walks of Italy a number of years ago in Rome and would highly recommend.

Lynn

Jun 24, 2019

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Important Information

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