"It is all GOLD when visiting the Basilica of San Marco."


One pair of eyes is not enough to see the wonder and treasures of the Basilica of San Marco. There are nearly 1000 years of architecture, lots of mosaic and gold.

I like it when the first-morning glow puts the basil in the spotlight. Everything seems to shine! It's beautiful.

One of my ideas is to combine your visit with the Basilica and the Doge Palace, including a guide with a 2 hours tour!

Because I partner with Tiqets.com (also a helpdesk for questions), they have a single combination ticket for this tour, and you do not have to be in the long entrance waiting queue.

Unforgettable tour for a great price. What’s inclusive:

  • Entry money for both locations
  • Skip the line access
  • English guide
  • Entrance to the Prison in Palazzo Ducale (Doge Palace)

Pay with your credit card. You will immediately receive the tickets to use them on your mobile phone.

If you book it in Venice, you can join the tour on the same day! Book your online tickets >

But my site is all about preparing! And even for visiting the Basilica San Marco, you need...

Practical information and tips

The Basilica of San Marco is thanking her name to Saint Evangelist Marcus.

His remnants and relics were brought here by the Venetian. Before this, it was a chapel for the doge from the Doge Palace.

Basilica di S. Marco is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:45 am to 4:45 pm (Sundays from 14:00 to 16:00). The Basilica interior is free to visit and will take about 15 minutes. 

A rope delimits the section. Be careful not to wear clothing with too much exposure. You can visit the golden altar (Pala d'Oro) for EUR 2, - p.p.. Lots of gold and bling! 

St. Mark's Basilica, together with the Doge's Palace, is one of the most visited sights in Venice. No trip is complete without seeing it. The line outside is often very long, regardless of when you are waiting in line. 

TIP: book skip-the-line tickets in advance, and don't waste time in line. You can use the extra time you have received to eat a natural gelato ice cream (that's what I did!).

The Basilica of San Marco Museum shows you the treasures the Doges have collected. You can go up on the balcony at the front of the Basilica and have a view of San Marco Square.

Entrance costs EUR 5,- p.p. This museum is worth visiting.

The treasure room (Tesoro) costs around EUR 3, - p.p. With lots of stuff and well-known remains from the Venice trade history. Visit the website www.basilicasanmarco.it for more information. Note: If you see Basilica by yourself, you need two hours.

And to plan and schedule, I have for you... 

The best time to visit the San Marco Basilica

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If you are in high season, you will see long queues. But the rows are going fast. You rarely wait for more than 20 minutes. Do you want to bypass the line? Check how > 

Of course, you'll have to wait less if you're neat at 9:45 pm when the basil is open. But, even at the end of the day, there will be no waiting line. It will come with the hustle and bustle. 

TIP! Stop at the front of St. Mark's Square. Look at the façade, and you will see the different mosaics each portrays. Each has its own story. 

TIP! Maybe good to do. The basilica is open for prayer between 7:00 and 9:45 in the morning. The entrance is at the Piazzetta dei Leoncini.

The door is on the left if you are in front of the basilica. Wear clothes which fit a church and don’t bring to conspicuously your camera ;).

History of the Basilica of San Marco in a nutshell

In 828, Venetian traders took the relics of the evangelist Marcus from Egypt (Alexandria). They smuggled them into a barrel of pork fat to mislead the then-ruling Muslims. The treasure caused the basilica to become a pilgrimage. And this led to more trade.

With this extra income, the basilica became more prominent and more beautiful to keep all the treasures.

The present basilica dates back to the year 1071. The marble floor, the precious ornaments, and the golden mosaic give the basilica an oriental mysticism. In the Tesoro (church treasury), the Byzantine loot is preserved from 1204—rare beauty.

Because the basilica is next to the Palazzo Ducale, faith and politics have been used together many times. For example, Venetians who came to the basilica knew very well that not the Pope but the Doge was the boss. And that was often made known to them.

Basilica di S. Marco is a war-filled museum with beautifully decorated pillars. It is the treasury of the former republic of Venice. For the Venetians, it will always remain their Basilica of Venice. Venice collected beautiful gold and luxury from all over Europe over the years. It is to show what kind of wealth they had.

On the west side of the Basilica, you will see the bronze (copies) horses from Constantinople (from the year 1204). The beautiful thing is that you can admire them close to the balcony/gallery where they are located, and you have a view over Piazza San Marco. Inside are the real golden horses.

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