View of the front Entrance of St Mark Basilica in Venice at night
view of St mark Square at night
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Entrance of St Mark Basilica in Venice
people admiring the st Mark basilica in venice
Exclusive Access

After-Hours Access: St. Mark's Basilica

(42 Reviews)
1.5 h.

  • When night draws close and all the tours leave, we open a locked door to St. Mark’s Basilica for you alone to enjoy the peaceful evening serenity of this icon at the heart of the Venetian Empire.
  • Along with the standard access areas, we take you through closed doors to the restricted underground Crypts and bring you closer than normal to the Pala D’Oro treasure where St. Mark’s bones rest in peace.
  • Your small group of 20 people will have the pleasure of a passionate historian to share with you the tales and secrets that lie behind this landmark place of worship. This is a City Wonders exclusive and an experience not to miss!

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Privileged Night Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Privileged night access to St. Mark’s Basilica with crypts and Pala d’Oro

Complete Tour Description

Our After-Hours Access: St Mark’s Basilica tour is perfect for those who want an intimate experience of this landmark church as the sun goes down. You’ll get to reflect in this usually thronged cathedral in a way that very few have been allowed. Over the course of 1.5 hours, you’ll be able to soak up the rich frescoes and learn their stories as the atmospheric basilica’s doors are opened specifically for your group.

Privileged Access with Knowledgeable Guides

Our tour starts outside the great arches of St Mark’s Basilica looking out over the famous square. Your expert guide will welcome you and set the scene by explaining the significance this square played in the once-powerful maritime Republic of Venice. After some time to marvel at the intricate façade of the Basilica, you’ll make your way inside to experience this spectacular attraction with only your small group.

Byzantine Mosaics

Once inside, you’ll have the chance to linger in the deserted interior, allowing you to absorb the unusual solitude of the space in total darkness. Gradually the lights will be turned on one by one. Your guide will elaborate on the testament stories which are slowly illuminated on each fresco. As you learn about the astonishing story of St Mark the Evangelist you will have unobstructed, up-close views of the glimmering glass-and-gold mosaics.

Crypts and Pala d’Oro

Your guide will show you around the rest of the basilica, explaining the significance of the east-meets-west design elements, which reflect Venice’s role as a crossroads in the Mediterranean and beyond. During your visit, a custodian will unlock special access areas that the busy daytime crowds make difficult to visit. This will allow you to get up close to the mesmerizing gem-laden Byzantine altarpiece Pala d’Oro which has nearly 2000 precious stones. You’ll also get to visit the crypt which is said to hold the bones of St. Mark himself.

Join us for an unhurried and sensory introduction to Venice that covers its most important symbols. With this exclusive night-time access to St. Mark’s Basilica, you can experience this famous church as few ever get the chance to: in peace and privacy!

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