St Mark’s Museum and Cathedral from above (Skip The Line Guided Tour)
Get the unique opportunity to visit St.Mark’s Basilica, the connected museum and the nearby area from a different perspective, enjoying a unique bird’s eye view of the wonderful St. Mark’s Square in Venice.
20 participants maximum
Service with guide
Walk into one of history’s most beautiful cathedrals, and explore away from the big crowds. Learn how the monumental structure was constructed, then climb up to the Cathedral’s lodge, where you can see St. Mark’s square from above. Marvel at St. Mark’s bronze horses which used to adorn the hippodrome of Constantinople, the symbol of St. Mark’s Cathedral.
This tour features all of the most beautiful points of St. Mark’s Museum and Cathedral while giving you a unique and wonderful vantage point. See this Venetian masterpiece from above and discover its true beauty. The tour starts at St. Mark’s Museum. Scale models show how the Basilica was originally built, and you’ll see how it appeared to visitors and worshippers in years past. St. Mark’s Cathedral is famous for its mosaics, and you’ll have ample time to admire them and see how they were crafted with the help of panels illustrating the time-honored techniques and a presentation. This will be a more private presentation that will take place away from crowds, later in the tour. Next it is on to the beautiful ancient hall of the Venice Doge’s Palace. This palace houses ancient tapestries that were used in the Cathedral during important liturgical celebrations. A tour that includes magnificent works of art like the mosaics and tapestries would not be complete without a visit to the 4 gilded bronze horses. These are Hellenic Greek masterpieces and are the symbol of the Cathedral. The grand finale of the tour is in the Cathedral’s lodge. Admire St. Mark’s Square from above; get a beautiful, panoramic view. The guide describes all the main buildings that surround this, Venice’s most famous square. This unique tour will guide you through the most beautiful points of St. Mark’s Museum and Cathedral while giving you a unique and wonderful vantage point. See this majestic Venetian artwork from above, feeling the emotions of a unique panoramic view and discovering its charming beauty.
Departure Days & Time Only from April 1st to October 31st Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.00 am 1.45 pm
Languages available English/Italian (bilingual tour) Explanations during the tour will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed: the same information will be presented in Italian and then in English, or vice versa, if participants are both Italian and foreigners. Additional information • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. • Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons. • At the end of the tour you can continue the visit inside St. Mark’s Basilica on your own. Please note that the church closes at 5pm. • The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to PROHIBIT VISITS and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons. • In cases of extra liturgical ceremonies, exceptional high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark’s Basilica may not be permitted and therefore the tour will not take place. • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher). • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you. • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary. • The tour is bilingual English/Italian, so explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed: the same information will be presented in Italian and then in English, or vice versa, if participants are both Italian and foreigners.