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City: Venice


Duration: 1 hr 30 mins


Start Time: Times vary

Highlights

  • After closing time, when visitors have been seen 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, who will 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 four 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 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 ...

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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 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, there are long lines 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 wasn't enticing 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 less. 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 less
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 745 Customer Reviews

The tour was excellent and the guide was superb - congratulations all round. Julie

Julie

Jul 25, 2019

Moses was spectacular - just outstanding!

Pamela

Aug 12, 2019

KENT

Aug 08, 2019

Our tour was friday evening the 26 of july with our guide Iole. Captivating would be my first comment. It was like being in a story book. She was expressive, interesting and knowlegable. Made sure everybody was included and created an absolutely magical experience. WE will not forget this evening for a long time... Thank you very much Lole.

Nathalie

Jul 30, 2019

Marie-Therese was FABULOUS! Her knowledge of history was great, offered a great mix of different aspects of all of the things we were seeing---political, social, religious, etc. SO glad she didn't return to Germany after her visit to Venice!! She was quick so that we could get to see it all in the allotted time but we didn't feel rushed and were able to ask questions. LOVED her lighthearted sense of humor and it was great to see someone truly passionate about their work. Would highly recommend! On another note, we were super worried we would be late or worse yet even miss the tour as we didn't realize the vaperettos had a rush hour! We emailed that we were enroute and it was great that someone was monitoring that to know that we were on the way. Great tour and awesome experience all around!

Kim

Jul 28, 2019

Incredible, and what a guide! Having an actual architect give us a tour of Saint Mark’s was certainly something I didn’t expect - how impressive. Our guide Andrea made this the absolute best tour I’ve ever taken! He was personable, inspiring, witty and extensively knowledgeable. Most of all, Andrea’s passion for his native city of Venice was utterly delightful!

Shelby

Jul 27, 2019

The tour was excellent and the guide was superb - congratulations all round. Julie

Julie

Jul 25, 2019

Moses was spectacular - just outstanding!

Pamela

Aug 12, 2019

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Important Information

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