Byzantine Venice - T13

Venice and the Eastern Roman Empire

Part one

Visit the landmarks and historical sites of the city centre (exteriors only)

This walking tour features all the most significant monuments that stand in testimony to the glorious past of Venice.  Discover the thousand-year long history of the Serenissima, and learn how this island city became a cross-roads of civilizations and the Queen of the Seas.


•  St. Mark’s Square, description of the history of the main monuments: St. Mark’s Basilica, The Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, the Clock Tower, the Procuratie.
•  S. Maria Formosa, with its lively "Campo", one of the most popular squares in Venice.
•  The Church and Campo of SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon” of Venice, the great charitable Scuola and the heroic deeds of the famed Captains of fortune
•  Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran - where ancient and recent history meet in this wonderful corner of Venice
•  Back to St. Mark’s through the famous Mercerie, once the commercial lifeline between Rialto and St. Mark’s and today Venice’s main shopping district

Part two

Visit to the interior of the St. Mark’s Basilica and its priceless treasures

The greatness of Venice has always been reflected in the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica, the perfect synthesis of Venetian art and a unique blend of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements. Five Oriental-looking domes crown the shadowy, mysterious interior gleaming with golden mosaics, coloured marbles, precious stones and pearls, and guarded by the four gilded bronze horses that stand proudly atop the central entrance. The glittering mosaics of the interior tell the story of St. Mark and episodes from the Bible. Its most famous treasure stands behind the altar in the sanctuary - the Pala d’Oro, a golden altar screen encrusted with jewels.   


•  Enter St. Mark’s Basilica  through the St. Peter’s Door – no waiting lines!
•  Visit the Basilica interior and hear a detailed description of the gold mosaics
•  Admire the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro


approx. 2.5 hours – 1 hour break between the two tours





From 1st November 2017 till 31st March 2018

Adults: 45.00 € per person
Children under 6: free (reservation under Infant)

From 1st April 2018 till 31st October 2018

Adults: 45.00 € per person
Children under 3: free (reservation under Infant)

Entrance fee to the Basilica for immediate access. No waiting lines!
Seated explanation inside BASILICA

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The guided tour may be bilingual
Tour guide equipped with microphone
Wireless headphones (for groups with over 10 partecipans)
Fully licensed and highly qualified professional tour guides and escorts

APRIL 1, 2018 TO OCTOBER 31, 2018

Available daily (except Sundays)
English, French, Spanish, German,

9.00 AM - Under the Clock Tower 

in St. Mark's Square next to the Clock Tower

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 TO MARCH 31, 2018

Available daily (except Sundays)
English-speaking guide
Monday, Friday
German-speaking guide
TuesdayThursday, Saturday
French-speaking guide
Wenesday, Saturday
Spanish-speaking guide

9.00 AM - Under the Clock Tower 

in St. Mark's Square next to the Clock Tower


All tours can be organized
on a private basis on request

Dress appropriately when entering a place of worship.
No shorts or bare shoulders.
The entrance and privileged visit
inside St.Mark’s Basilica
is made possible
by courtesy of the Patriarchal Curia of Venice

• Inside the St.Mark’s Basilica
for security reasons, no admittance
with rucksacks, backpacks, or other luggage

• Inside the St.Mark’s Basilica
the guided tour may be
postponed to the following day
in case of special religious services
or exceptionally high water

It is the responsibility of each client
to arrive at the meeting point

at the scheduled date and time

No refunds or rescheduling
in case of late arrivals
at the meeting point or no-shows