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Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica

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Venezia, Italy

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

No visit to Venice is complete without a tour of the awe-inspiring architecture of St Mark’s Square. Escape the crowds and discover highlights of Venetian history with a guided, small-group walking tour. Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace and photogenic bell tower, and skip the front of the queue to see the dazzling gilded interior of St Mark’s Basilica.
  • One-hour small group walking tour of St. Mark's Square
  • Enter the backwaters of Venice away from the crowds
  • Entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Personalized small group (maximum 25 people)
  • English-speaking guide
Get an insider’s view of St Mark’s Square and avoid the tourist rush with this informative, 1-hour tour. Your experienced English-speaking guide will lead you in a group of no more than 25 people on a walking tour of Venice’s famed architectural complex.
Skip the long lines at St Mark’s Basilica and step inside its Italo-Byzantine splendor. Walk among the intricate mosaics and murals that decorate every surface of the cathedral, and admire the work of generations of Venetian goldsmiths who created the glittering Pala d’Oro, or golden altar (additional expense). 
Gaze up at the iconic clock tower in St Mark’s Square and discover the fascinating history of the Doge’s Palace, Sansovino library and the ornate bell tower crowned by a massive winged lion statue. Your guide will entertain you with tales of legendary Venetian figures including Marco Polo and Casanova. At the end of the tour, you’ll have a great orientation to Venice’s central highlights to help you plan further exploration.
Please note: St Mark’s Basilica is occasionally closed to the public due to flooding or special events.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
The tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, renaissance clock tower.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys - “calli”, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares - “campi”. You can expect to see campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
You will also see Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges; and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary Captain.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Casa di Marco Polo
The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran theatre are also part of the itinerary.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
After returning to Saint Mark's Square, an official guide will provide you with a detailed tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptuous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica. The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d’Oro -an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones. This 2 hour and 30 minute combined tour concludes outside the Basilica, in Saint Mark's Square.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Our guide was excellent. Learned so...
lynnvivian
, Nov 2016
Our guide was excellent. Learned so much about the history, architecture, and art in the church and in the square.
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Informative, animated, engaging tour...
Mireille S
, Oct 2016
Informative, animated, engaging tour guide who really shared her passion for Venice and it's history. You must ask when you book to stay in the Basilica at the end of the tour to go upstairs and visit the horses an extra 5. If you have more time you can always visit them at another time.
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This was our 4th tour with Viator, and...
Gretchen M
, Sep 2016
This was our 4th tour with Viator, and they did not disappoint! I can't remember our guides name it was a very unique name but do remember that he was very knowledgeable and made the tour a lot of fun! I was only disappointed with the tour b/c I didn't see the 2 hour tour option and my friend and I had to leave the tour after an hour so we didn't get to see the castle. I know to look a bit more in the future, but this was a great little tour and would totally recommend it!
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Very disorganised, tour started 2 and...
adrian.selinapearce
, Aug 2016
Very disorganised, tour started 2 and half hours late, extremely disappointed
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We found the tour very borring, we had...
Elizabeth S
, Aug 2016
We found the tour very borring, we had to cut in half because we were bored.
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The title of this tour should be...
David N
, May 2016
The title of this tour should be changed to St. Marks Cathedral tour as this is what the tour was about...and very good at it too. Unfortunately we did not tour or discuss the square which has a different history and story. I will use this tour company again as the tour and ease of signing up is easy but would call ahead when possible to confirm the content.
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The tour was only of St Mark's and...
IVEYK1
, Oct 2015
The tour was only of St Mark's and started an hour late. The tour company was incredibly disorganized. That said the guide did an excellent job in St Marks and gave a greater understanding of the Basilica's history and art.
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When we were trying to skip the line...
Terry P
, Sep 2015
When we were trying to skip the line, another tour guide spoke to us about not skipping the line, so not sure what that meant. Also, wondering why after paying for the tour on-line, they asked for more money to see one more feature. It would be better if it was all inclusive. The guide was knowledgeable and easy to listen to. I enjoyed the tour very much.
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Was good to skip the queues. Our guide...
Jane B
, Aug 2015
Was good to skip the queues. Our guide was very hard to understand with a very strong accent. We were moved along at a rapid pace and he did say to us this was a new rule and before he had been allowed time to stand and describe everything in more detail.
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My daughter and I could not hear the...
Katherine M
, Aug 2015
My daughter and I could not hear the tour guide because the basilica was so crowded and noisy and the headset they provided only had one ear piece. It was not worth my money.

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