Alone in St. Mark's Basilica: after hours tour
Attractions & guided tours

Alone in St. Mark's Basilica: after hours tour

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Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Exclusive after-hours access to St. Mark's Basilica, Venice's most famous site
  • Feel privileged as a Basilica guard will unlock the doors for you to explore special areas
  • 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
What to expect

See St. Mark’s like almost no one else… in an exclusive group! Explore the most famous sights in Venice and one of the most magnificent churches in the world without the lines or crowds. A Basilica guard will be there to unlock the doors just for Walks of Italy and its small groups of maximum 15 participants. It’s the ultimate in VIP treatment, and the most exclusive way to visit St. Mark’s Basilica - it will be an experience you will never forget!

Your guide meets you at St. Mark’s Square. Through 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!

But 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 of Italy’s small groups of maximum 15 people... And walks you right in.

Inside, take a deep breath. You’re experiencing St. Mark’s Basilica as almost nobody else does, or ever 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.

Of course, you’ll also be able to skip all the lines—not only into the basilica, but also to see the Pala d’Oro, the spectacular, Byzantine altarpiece that uses more than 1,900 gems! During the day, there’s a line to see this, but now? You have it almost all to yourself.

Since you’re alone in the basilica with Walks of Italy groups only, you can even go where others, visiting during the day, can’t. Like the crypt, which the custodian unlocks for you: This is where the bones of St. Mark are said to actually be kept. Plus, you can see the stained walls here from the past floods that have devastated Venice—the crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city!

Aside from the emptiness of the basilica, nighttime is the best time to visit because that’s when the mosaics are at their most beautiful. All 43,000 square feet are lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark!

If just seeing the basilica this way weren’t entrancing 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 kidnapping and a dangerous sea voyage! You’ll learn where the precious marbles decorating St. Mark’s really come from.

A one-hour tour that will give you memories which will last a lifetime!

Sights included:

  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pala d'Oro
  • St. Marks' Basilica Crypt
  • St. Mark's Square
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • After-hour access to St. Mark's after closing
    • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
    • Expert tour guide
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
    • Children (4-12): reduced price
    Where

    Piazza San Marco, 76, 30124 Venice VE, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum.

    What to remember
    • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
    • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure
    • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. However, we advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements
    • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. We cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
    • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica
    • Occasionally St. Mark's Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities
    • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour

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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Walks of Italy
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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