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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  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,610 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Church in St. Mark’s Square
    I visited the church with a tour group and we didn’t have to wait in line to enter. Interesting interior with its Byzantine influences and definitely worth a visit. The Dome of the Creation caught my eye as did the paintings telling the story of Noah and the Ark. Proper attire covering knees and shoulder is required for entry.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 May 2023
  • racornett
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! This basilica is a must see!
    This basilica is truly amazingly beautiful! We spent quite a bit of time inside. One difficulty was one person was feeling a little ill and there was no place she could sit inside or even outside. We still loved seeing it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • CarsonsMommy
    2,933 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After hours tour!
    We purchased our tickets in as shoe fur the after hours tour, and arrived after dark. We were surprised to see there were other groups touring at the same time, but I’m sure it was still less crowded than in the daytime. Our guide was wonderfully informative and we saw and learned a great deal! Highly recommend!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Sylvia B
    Saint Louis, Missouri238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking. Awe-Inspiring. Must-See
    It almost seems pointless to add another review for the venue. This is a masterpiece of architecture, art, and faith. Pictures do not do the grandeur and immensity of the Basilica justice. If at all possible, secure a private tour guide, in order to get a personalized and personable tour experience. Be sure that shoulders and knees are covered or you will be denied admission. Try to shut out the distraction of the other visitors and allow yourself to be still and take in the beauty and majesty. You may very well be transported to another time, place, or plane of consciousness.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2023
  • dontknow
    Oxford, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely but way too many people
    Beautiful. But very very busy. Would definitely recommend seeing it though. Probably better to be choosy over times you go as it was heaving and because of this we were packed in and I caught covid whilst there. If you want to wander around freely don’t go in the summer. It’s crazy there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • 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 24 June 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore9,820 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 26 June 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 29 June 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 6 July 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 8 July 2023
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Lia E
Venice, Italy62 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 24 May 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 22 May 2024
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Alison T
United Kingdom249 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 18 May 2024
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Steven T
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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 16 May 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 14 May 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 13 May 2024
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Justine & Andy P
Monmouth, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Best tips - 1/ If you can get there early do, we arrived 08.30 and the square was almost empty, by the time we finished our tour at 1pm and came outside it was very very busy. 2/ Must pre book skip the line tickets, again we were able to go straight in to both the church and palace but as we left the queues for both were very long, not much fun standing in the sun for a few hours slowly moving to the front. 3/ Take a tour, the wealth of information our guide (Elena) was able to pass out was so valuable and she also explained the problems of actually living and working in Venice today. 4/ If possible time your visit to the church in particular, when they turn the lights on as this really shows the beauty of the gold work and mosaic. Otherwise it’s a bit dark and you don’t get to see the building at its best.
Written 5 May 2024
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Margaret B
Greenbelt, MD713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Byzantine mosaics took my breath away. Such detail and breadth at the same time. And the architecture is amazing -- stretched out over eight centuries, so you get a little bit of everything.
Written 29 April 2024
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland1,886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Without tickets pre-purchased online, the queue is neverending. Having tickets in hand we entered right away according to the schedule specified while booking. It's worth to buy entry for Pala D'Oro as well, under which San Marco's crypta is located. The ticket just for Pala D'Oro can be bought inside the Basilica too.
Written 22 April 2024
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YuriToscana
St. Petersburg, Russia1,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were in this basilica in March. I highly recommend going all around it, paying 3 euros to enter, then 5 euros for the golden museum and then another 7 euros for the balcony entrance. I realize it looks like a scam for money. But the cathedral is really beautiful and you won't regret it. It is good to read about this basilica first of course - that way you won't miss important artifacts for the history of the cathedral. We were very satisfied. Recommended!
Written 21 April 2024
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