Skip the Line at St Mark's Basilica
With its golden interior, stunning mosaics, and soaring Byzantine architecture, St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most popular Venice sights with millions visiting annually. Here are a few ways to avoid the long queues with a skip-the-line tour.
Combo Walking and Gondola Skip-the-Line Tours
If you want to experience the best of Venice in a single day, consider a tour that combines St. Mark’s with a gondola ride and walking tour. The basilica is usually the final stop, and you’ll maximize your time in the city by skipping the line to the church.
Skip-the-Line Combo Tours with Doge’s Palace
Many tours of St. Mark’s Basilica are combined with entrance to Doge’s Palace, as the two are set side by side. Skip the line at both attractions when you opt for a combo tour, where you’ll bypass the crowds and spend between two and three hours exploring the famous sights.
St. Mark’s Basilica After Hours
Another way to avoid the crowds is to visit after hours, when St. Mark’s Basilica is closed to the general public. Choose a guided tour with after-hours access to experience the gilded Byzantine beauty in near silence and without the usual crowds.
5 Tours and Activities
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
- Purchase admission tickets, such as Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica, in advance online —this is the easiest way to skip ticket lines, allowing visitors to arrive ready for entry.
- Book guided tours, such as St. Mark’s Basilica Access & Venice Guided Walking Tour with Gondola Ride, which tend to skip both ticket and admission lines.
- Visit on a private tour like St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit. Private tours are usually more expensive but give extra privileges, including bypassing both ticket and admission lines —sometimes taking visitors through secondary entrances.