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Venice is one of the most popular and busiest tourist destinations in Italy. Avoid long queues by buying skip the line tickets online or guided tours.

The most general tickets are; the San Marco Basilica and the Doge's Palace together. But how do you make sure that you can book these tickets, and what are the other options to avoid waiting in line?

Skip the line tickets available

Other ways to avoid queuing are to book a tour on the spot after closing time, arrive at the museum as early as possible, or visit the museum in the afternoon.

Then you avoid the crowds of tourists, and you hardly have to queue. But then you have to take the time into account. And that does not always fit into the schedule.

Advantages of 'skip the line Venice' tickets are that you do not have to plan in advance and do not lose time in queues during your holiday.

  • Enjoy entry with a ticket to both the Doge's Palace and the Basilica.
  • Avoid waiting 45 minutes outside St. Mark's Basilica and save time in other queues.
  • Discover the Basilica with a booked tour, including the stories around it and a better explanation of its history

And I bought those Skip the line tickets, should I queue or not?

If you are unprepared and arrive in Venice, it can be disappointing. The tourist crowd is such a shock. There are long lines everywhere. Unfortunately, it can be bustling. Be aware, there are also waiting times with skip the line tickets. Because those tickets are popular. Due to the safety regulations, rows are still created. Only the duration of that queue is a difference. For example, you would rather spend 15 minutes in a 'skip the line' queue than 45 minutes in the standard row. That's why these tickets are still the best option!

In fact, skip the line tickets are for fast track entry. Tickets are available for most of Venice's attractions, including the Doge's Palace, San Marco, and Peggy Guggenheim. You can buy the tickets at a tourist shop in Venice (Piazzale Roma and the Doge's Palace).

But it is easier to buy the tickets in advance online or in the app. This can even be done up to 10 minutes in advance, only via the mobile. Viator, GetYourGuide, and Tiqets are the largest booking sites. They generally have a simple booking process for the most popular attractions. Or book a tour that also gives you priority access.

Save time by purchasing entrance tickets in advance to top venues in Venice, or book guided tours

According to Venice-Information.com, these are the best 'Skip the line' tours in Venice:

Which skip the line tours in Venice take 1 hour or less?

Which skip the line tours take extra security measures?

Other essential tips around the San Marco Basilica

Skip the line st. Marco Basilic

Admission to the basilica is free, but as a visitor, you pay € 2 for the Pala d'Oro altar, € 3 for the Treasury, € 5 for the San Marco Museum, and € 10 for entering the Campanile tower.

It is not recommended to carry heavy bags or backpacks. Or you should be able to put them there in a locker, but then you often have long queues;)

The price is included with a 'skip the line' and a guided tour in the San Marco Basilica.

Make sure your body is covered by clothing or bring a scarf to cover up before entering. Otherwise, you can not enter. Most of the San Marco Square restaurants are really expensive and are out of proportion to the price/quality. Walk the streets for better-priced restaurants. Take the elevator to the top of the Campanile (clock tower) and enjoy the incredible view. That 10 euro is well worth it.


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