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Byzantine Venice: Walking Tour and St. Mark's Basilica

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Discover Venice's eastern influences in this 2-part tour that explores the hidden gems of St. Mark's Square as well as the history of St. Mark's Basilica.


  • Discover hidden gems in St. Mark's Square
  • Learn interesting facts about Venice's history and present
  • Stroll through 'campos', Venice's small, picturesque squares
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica


Meet your professional tour guide in St. Mark’s Square to begin the adventure through Venice’s labyrinth of callis (alleys). Cross over picturesque bridges, stroll through hidden squares, and discover the heart of this Italian city. Admire Doge’s palace, the Clock Tower, and the Procuratie before continuing on to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you will learn the history of the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church and its famous Pantheon. Visit the Scuola Grande di San Marco, also knowns as “Great School of Charity”, from the outside before heading back to St. Mark’s to discover the Malibran Theatre. Step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life in Venice, to explore the city's main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.   The first part of the tour will end around 10:45 AM. After some free time, the tour will regroup to visit the Basilica at 12:00 PM. To avoid any delays, we kindly ask all guests to return to the meeting point at 11:45 AM. Save time with skip-the-line access to the Basilica and marvel at the place where Eastern and Western architecture collide in a collection of golden mosaics and marble inlays. Learn about unique masterpieces of Byzantine art and take a peek at the Pala d’Oro, the high altar retable with its thousands of gems and precious stones.


Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica Personal headsets Guide

Important Information

  • Due to security measures, lines to enter the Doge's Palace may be expected even for travelers with skip-the-line access. All travelers are required to go through safety checks

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