- Avoid queuing at the Basilica'a main entrance
- Learn the thousand-year long history of St Mark's Cathedral from a privileged seat
- Access 2 places generally closed to the public: the Baptistery and the Zen Chapel
- See St Mark’s Pala d’Oro, regarded as one of the most precious objects in the world
The visit starts in the centre of the church, where you will be comfortably seated as you listen to the fascinating thousand-year long history of the basilica. Then you will be accompanied into two locations usually closed to the public: the Baptistery and the Zen Chapel.
Decorated with remarkable 14th century mosaics, the Baptistery houses the baptismal font, the gravestone of Jacopo Sansovino and the tomb of Andrea Dandolo, Venice’s last Doge buried in St Mark’s Cathedral. Then, move on to the Zen Chapel. Converted into a chapel in honor of the Cardinal Zen, the Zen Chapel was once the entrance into the Cathedral from the shore.
Next, you have a chance to admire the Treasure of St Mark’s Cathedral, housed in two rooms representing the only remaining relics of the former Venice Doge’s Palace. The Treasure, 283 unique pieces of mainly Byzantine and Islamic art, comprises splendid liturgical objects and a collection of reliquaries of the Cathedral.
The visit will then move on to the major altar, which enshrines St Mark’s remains and the magnificent Pala D'Oro, open to the public only during major celebrations. Considered one of the most precious objects in the world, the Pala d'Oro is made of gilded silver strips and decorated with precious stones and enamels.
- Guided Visit
- Skip-the-line entry to St Mark's Cathedral
- Entry to Treasure of St. Mark's Cathedral
- Entry to Pala d'Oro (Golden Pall)
- Entry to Zen Chapel
- Entry to Baptistery
- What is not specified under "Product Includes"
• At the end of the tour you can continue the visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica on your own. However, please note that the church closes at 5pm and therefore participants in the 4pm tour will not have time enough to do that
• The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to PROHIBIT VISITS and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons
• In cases of extra liturgical ceremonies, exceptional high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted and therefore the tour will not take place. For reasons of force majeure, the Cappella Zen might be not accessible
• No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)
• This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you
• This is a bilingual tour English/Italian (explanations during the tour will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed)
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.