Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
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Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
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Neighbourhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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  • Beth K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the skip the line tickets!!!!!
    Be sure to book the skip the line tickets well in advance. It is well worth the extra cost! We felt sorry to see hoards of people waiting in line in the sweltering heat. I loved the basilica but my husband enjoyed the quick trip to the top of the bell tower just as much--such a lovely view of all of Venice! Don't miss it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice Cathedral!
    The Basilica di San Marco, more commonly known as St Mark’s Basilica, is the principal church of Venice. It's located in Piazza San Marco (St Mark Square), which has always been the center of Venetian public and religious life. It is a huge cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice and is the largest church in the city. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture, and the interior of the basilica is decorated with mosaics, and the exterior is adorned with marble sculptures. The building structure looked amazing and awesome, shame that we do not have the luxury of time to enter to visit as we were on a tight schedule with planned activities. We hope to revisit it next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Andy W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to mass
    We didn’t book a tour or tickets for this but since we’re catholic we ended up to go to Sunday morning mass in the church. What a beautiful experience! It allowed an hour to sit and admire the church and afterwards we were able to walk around for a few minutes and take some photos.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • jmwalsh
    Jacksonville, Florida109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ballisimo!
    The Saint Mark’s Basilica was the most beautiful structure in all of Venice. That is inside & out! There are many sections - my husband & I paid to go into them all. We lit candles & prayed, took pics of the holy pictures of the ceilings, walls & alters. I loved stepping to the outside balcony to take pics of the horses, the square & canal. It was worth standing in line!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Dallas Lee W
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip to Venice
    The Basilica along with Doge's Palace is worth the trip to Venice. We traveled in busy season and still did not have a long wait without skip the line tickets (although I would recommend planning ahead and purchasing them.) We visited many sites across Italy and this was one of our favorite stops. Beautiful architecture and decor that truly transports you in time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal mosaics, beautiful inside and out
    Seriously, this place is pretty ridiculous. The mosaic work alone on the inside is worth the visit and there is so much more to it. It’s a pretty amazing structure considering it’s built on a swamp. The uneven floor all around is just a testament to the amazing architecture here. That it’s still in such amazing condition after so many centuries of the ground moving below it is a wonder. Even our local guide admitted that the Venetians are well aware that their city will someday just not be habitable anymore. This building is fantastic and no question why it is a centerpiece in a gorgeous city. Make sure to book in advance.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • arsen21
    Baltimore, Maryland175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy tickets online!
    Nice church inside and outside. However, if you are not going to buy tickets online for €6 at their website, you will save €3, but you will spend a lot of time standing in line. Question is, whether or not such saving is worth it. As for me, I’ve paid €6 for a ticket with the 9:30 am time of entry. I didn’t choose any other options they were offering- just a church itself- and 20 minutes were enough to walk around, admire the masterpiece, light a candle and take a few pictures.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kallang
    530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive beautiful church
    Seems very hard to get online tickets for the church. Had to buy more expensive guided tickets from get a guide app to the church to beat the queue. The guide was good and well worth the money. She could explain many things to us. The church is very ornate and full of gold leaf. What was great was to go up to the outside terraces at the church. There are stunning views from the terraces. What was interesting was to find out that the facade of the church is made up of stuff that was looted from Constantinople.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Zoe W
    Kent, United Kingdom238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Architecture and decor
    Visited during 2 day stay. Well worth it as it’s beautiful inside. Not a long tour. We got to the queue about 8:50am and were fairly near the front. The queue was a lot longer by 9am. Opens at 9:30am.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Carole B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    With a guide
    We opted for a guided tour which gets you to the front of the queue which can be considerable. We were all given earphones so there was no missing what the guide was saying. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The basilica is breathtaking and the view from the terrace is wonderful. Definitely a must when in Venice.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
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Niamh L
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very beautiful inside, especially because of the mosaics which cover the entire inside of the basilica. Definitely don't miss the museum upstairs as you get wonderful views of the piazza.

I'm in two minds about whether pre-booking your visit is the best way to go. When we tried to book, it was all full so we had to stand in the queue in order to get in. We arrived at about 9:20 and made it inside at 10ish. Majority of the queue was in the shade whereas the pre-booked tickets line was in the sun and there was still a queue to get in. Cost of pre-booking for just the basilica is 6€ each whereas it is only 3€ per person on the day. By the time we got out, about 11ish, the queue was considerably shorter so might be worth going later in the day.
Written June 9, 2024
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John S
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
St. Mark's Basilica is an absolute marvel. The mosaics are stunning, and the architecture is grand. Don't miss the view from the terrace!
Written June 7, 2024
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Barbara D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Buy the skip the line ticket in advance, with timed entry. There was very little waiting time when we went at 9:30am when it opens. It definitely got more crowded later. We got the ticket with the Pala D'Oro and the Loggia Cavalli, which was worthwhile. Basically everyone goes around in a circle to view the Basilica. The gold in the mosaics, and the artwork were awe inspiring! Gorgeous place to visit!
Written June 6, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One of the important highlights of the city, this very large cathedral can be found on the central square. Very decorated inside, lots of history. Be prepared to be surrounded by big crowds as Venice is being loved to death. Still this must be seen.
Written May 26, 2024
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Lia E
Venice, Italy110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Venice is a city on the water. Architecture fascinates, impresses with its scale and style. Canals, gondolas, gondoliers, numerous streets, restaurants, souvenir shops, shops of branded clothes, shoes and jewelry. My head is spinning from all this, so exquisite, expensive, I will remember the trip for the rest of my life. One of the most cherished journeys.
Written May 24, 2024
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Elliegrand
Joplin, MO26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Must see this magnificent structure. A guided tour is so much better. Our guide was perfect Arianna_Lovato@hotmail.com
Written May 22, 2024
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Alison T
United Kingdom259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is an absolutely beautiful building.
We only paid basic entry as we didn’t have long to visit.

I wish we had longer & paid for the full visit. 100% recommend visiting.
Written May 18, 2024
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Steven T
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
You must take a small tour of St Mark’s Basilica to understand all the history of this beautiful, sacred place. We also had access to the balcony overlooking the square. EVERY inch of the sanctuary is filled with marvelous works of art. The mosaics are breathtaking! Go Go Go!
Written May 16, 2024
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of my whole Italy trip. The building is quite amazing inside and out. When I stood on the top level, overlooking the church inside, I felt like I could just stare at this piece of art for hours, it made me feel something. It was raining when I visited and the view outdoors was on quite slippery grounds. I wouldn't miss this.
Written May 14, 2024
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mike g
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing! We booked skip line tickets with a guided tour led by Valentina from Grayline tours. She added details, fun, and many interesting stories to the tour and took it to the next level. Highly recommend Valentina and the tour.
Written May 13, 2024
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