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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
San Marco
+39 041 270 8311
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful gold mosaics and gold alter piece. Worth spending 5 euros to visit the museum upstairs and enjoy the views.

Thank jackiefranklin2
Reviewed yesterday

The Basilica is incredible, the mosaics that decorate the walls and domes are completely out of this world. This is obviously a very special place and therefore one has to expect to share it with thousands of others. However, the experience would have been so...More

Thank Merryl16
Reviewed yesterday

If you are in Venice, you cannot miss the Basilica di San Marco. It is very ornate and incredibly beautiful. It will take your breath away. The only disappointment was that there was no photography allowed.

Thank ArizonaTravellinlady
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was worth it to pay Euro 5 to go all the way up and with beautiful weather, you can view the entire Piazza San Marco. Not as challenging as going to the Duomo in Milan, only yes the steps are very steep and high,...More

Thank Myra W
Reviewed 2 days ago

We happened to be there when there were 5 cruise ships in port, so it was crazy busy. Didn't enjoy that, but once you moved away from the main entrance it was easier to navigate.

Thank Donna_23_2018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am passionate about Christian mosaics. I thought Ravenna's were best, then Istanbul, then Rome. But this one location tops them all, in my opinion. First, the bapitsry is not open. Sad, as it is loaded with more mosaics. The outside of the Basilica is...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stood in a long line for an hour on an October Sunday. We finally gave up without getting in when it started to rain. The exterior is spectacular, which made it almost worthwhile. You might consider those expensive skip-the-line services.

Thank Susannah L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our English speaking guide took us round this quite magnificent building and gave us a potted history of everything inside and out, quite amazing

Thank Lambourntraveller
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited Venice in mid October and I think this might be the time to go. As the sun was going down on a clear, warm evening the basilica looked amazing. There were not flocks of crowds making feel less special and the sun cast...More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ok so I only viewed this wonderful building from popping my head through the doors and by walking the exterior but that is almost enough to send your thoughts to the stars! An incredible feat of masterful engineering, construction and art! If you ever visit...More

Thank paulsymonds
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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
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20 August 2018|
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Response from dhenski | Reviewed this property |
Admission to the building is free of charge. There is a fee - 2 or 3 Euro - to access the exhibit and the crypt.
17 August 2018|
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Response from P0702-Orlando | Reviewed this property |
I had on sandals and didn’t have an issue. I was just there in May, but not sure if that is/isn’t a part of their official dress code. They are more focused on shoulders and knees.
Marta Z
13 August 2018|
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Response from Kaylee S | Reviewed this property |
I did not take a tour and don't regret doing so. I'm not sure what a tour costs though, so it's dependent on how much you want to know. Most things you could probably read through a guide book or finding information online... More