Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's Basilica After Hours

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1.5 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Our exclusive Alone in St. Mark's Basilica tour begins in the evening when the crowds have gone for the night. A guard unlocks the Basilica doors and you step inside for an intimate visit to one of the world's most unique churches. Enjoy gold mosaics, the incredible Pala d'Oro, and the crypt, as you learn the long story of this jaw-dropping space from your local historian guide.

Don't walk, tip-toe; this is the most precious access in Venice.

St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring churches in the world. Its mix of Western and Byzantine art, combined with the epic story of its construction alongside the great maritime empire of Venice, has thrilled and enchanted guest for centuries. Now you can experience these things for yourself; with none of the crowds!

Your VIP St Mark's Basilica tour starts out front, in St. Mark's Square. This is one of the most beautiful spaces in Europe and the perfect place for an introduction from your expert local tour. Don't expect a history lesson though, our guides focus much more on the storytelling aspect and this is a hell of a story. One of shipping, trading and plunde...

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St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring churches in the world. Its mix of Western and Byzantine art, combined with the epic story of its construction alongside the great maritime empire of Venice, has thrilled and enchanted guest for centuries. Now you can experience these things for yourself; with none of the crowds!

Your VIP St Mark's Basilica tour starts out front, in St. Mark's Square. This is one of the most beautiful spaces in Europe and the perfect place for an introduction from your expert local tour. Don't expect a history lesson though, our guides focus much more on the storytelling aspect and this is a hell of a story. One of shipping, trading and plundering on the high seas, with a most improbable outcome: The creation of an empire that had no use for land.

Next, you'll head over to the church, which is closed and locked for the evening. Not for you, though. A guard unlocks a special door and you walk into one of Europe's greatest churches. The entire nave glows in the light of some 43,000 square feet of golden mosaics. They cover the ceiling and tell stories from the bible, from St. Mark's life, and from the long history of Venice.

Explore the nave and descend into the crypt to see where some of the city's most famous inhabitants are buried (when it isn't flooded). You'll also see the beautiful altar and the famous Pala d'Oro altapiece, which twinkles with nearly 2,000 precious gems. During the day this beautiful space requires an extra ticket and has long lines, but not during your visit.

This church is a literal treasure box, and when you visit, you'll experience the thrill of seeing it without any of the crowds that pour through it during the day.

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • The crypt of St. Mark’s
  • The Pala d’Oro altarpiece
  • Tour Includes
  • Exclusive access to St. Mark’s after closing
  • Small Groups of 15 People or Fewer
  • An Expert Walks Guide
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Easy to find everyone , the tour guide was amazing, I was blown away by the basilica and so pleased we took this tour. Thankyou

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!


FAQ

Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.
What can I bring with me on this tour?
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.