Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's Basilica After Hours

Highlights

  • - Take in the splendor of St. Mark's Square

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

  • - See the 43,000 square feet of illuminated mosaics; even more breathtaking lit up at night.

  • - Delve into the history of St. Mark’s and of Venice with your enthusiastic, English-speaking guide.

  • - Small groups of only 25 people per guide.

Summary

Explore St. Mark's Basilica after closing time and spend an enchanting, intimate evening getting to know one of the world's most unique churches with an expert guide.

Tour info

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
25
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
€98.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€94.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, Venice, IT, 30124, IT

Dropoff location

Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, IT, 30124, IT

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. 

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 (Piazza San Marco)
    St. Mark's Basilica
    St. Mark's Crypt
    Pala d’Oro Altarpiece
    Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square (exterior)
    Marciana Library (exterior)

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Exclusive access ticket for St. Mark's Basilica (after closing)

  • Headset

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Things to know

Before you book

  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Photography is not permitted inside the Basilica.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • This tour is in English.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.

  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.

  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Due to the religious nature of St. Mark's Basilica, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. You can bring extra covering (scarves, etc) to put on just before entering St. Mark's. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.

  • Large bags and backpacks cannot be brought into St. Mark's Basilica.

  • Photography is not permitted inside the Basilica.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.