Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's Basilica After Hours

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1 hr 30 mins

Max 20

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.

Highlights

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    Take in the splendor of St. Mark's Square

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    Enjoy special-access entry to St. Mark's Basilica

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    Go even further and explore the crypt

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    Marvel at the Pala d'Ora altarpiece

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 guests for centuries. Now you can experience these things for yourself; with none of the crowds!

Your VIP St. Mark's Basilica tour starts 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 guide. Don't expect a history lesson though, our guides focus much more on the storytelling aspect and this is one hell of a story. One of shipping, trading and plund...

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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 guests for centuries. Now you can experience these things for yourself; with none of the crowds!

Your VIP St. Mark's Basilica tour starts 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 guide. Don't expect a history lesson though, our guides focus much more on the storytelling aspect and this is one 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 altarpiece, 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 20 people or fewer
  • Expert Walks guide
See details on St Mark's Basilica mosaics so much clearer in the light
Alone in St Mark's Basilica, Venice
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Great guide! In addition to being knowledgeable and engaging, he handled challenging and awkward questions respectfully and adeptly. A remarkable experience.


FAQ

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.
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.
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.
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.