Complete Tour Description
Explore Venice’s main attraction in just 1 hr on this express, special access tour. You’ll meet your guide in St. Mark’s square before skipping the line to enter directly into the Basilica. Once inside, you’ll experience the best of the art, architecture and mosaics that this treasure trove holds.
Venice’s role as a powerful maritime republic meant that its people were able to travel far and wide. St. Mark’s is the sum of those travels, with many incredible pieces of art collected from all over the world. During your tour, you’ll hear about the Byzantium and Western influences that have shaped the basilica.
Probably the most stunning work of art is the interior of the church itself; almost every wall, dome, and floor are adorned with intricate, gilded mosaics. Get an up-close look as your guide points out the incredible detail of these masterpieces that date back to the 11th century.
After you’ve explored the interior of the church, your guide will lead you upstairs to the 1st floor terraces. Not included on most tours, the terraces offer stunning views overlooking the Venetian lagoon, St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. You’ll even have a chance to see the famous horses of St. Mark’s up-close; these incredible bronze statues were stolen from the Hippodrome of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade.
Finally, make your way back out to St. Mark’s Square to spend some time admiring the building’s amazing façade, or head off to enjoy the rest of your Venetian Vacation.