Private Venice Night Tour with Exclusive Entry Into St Mark’s Basilica
LivTours’ Private Venice Night Tour with Exclusive Entry into St Mark’s Basilica is the perfect tour to uncover the charm and romance of this city on water. Starting in an enchanting central piazza your private expert guide will take you on a walking tour of Venice under the moonlight. Meander along its narrow streets, over bridges and through hidden piazzas as you hear about Venice’s inspiring history. Your guide will make sure you see the beloved highlights like the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. Enjoy exploring the city under the stars and without the crowds in the stillness of the evening. You will have the luxury of LivTours exclusive access to St Mark’s Basilica. With only a few people inside you will get to experience its golden interior in the most exciting way!
On this private tour you have the company of a local expert guide to lead the way as you weave through the city’s streets like a local. You are in for a special treat as you gain VIP access into St Mark’s Basilica at night allowing you the opportunity to explore the best parts of this elegant basilica with only a few other people inside, as opposed to the masses of visitors it attracts during regular daytime hours.
Your tour will end in the glow of St Mark’s Piazza as the street lights cast their warm light on the streets below.
- Walk through Venice under the moonlight and uncover its allure and romance
- Discover some of the city’s beloved highlights in the stillness of the evening
- Savor the luxury of having a private guide to share Venice's magical tales of time
- Visit the golden interior of St Mark’s Basilica illuminated in an exciting way
- Enjoy VIP access to special areas of the basilica like the Crypt and Pala d’Oro
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Your LivTours’ Private Venice Night Tour with Exclusive Entry Into St Mark’s Basilica starts when you meet your private guide in a small piazza near the famous Rialto bridge. You will get acquainted with this enticing floating city as you walk the maze of narrow streets, passing through hidden canal side piazzas in the company of your expert local guide. Soak up the stillness of the evening, enjoying a different side to the daytime hustle and bustle of this port city. As you continue your tour, you will see the gondolas silently glide by with their lanterns glowing, and stunning Venetian buildings start to come to life with golden lights reflecting in the black waterway. You are sure to be captivated by the city’s mystique as your guide uncovers another side of this unique city sharing with you its remarkable story. Hear how it grew from a sandy safe place out on the lagoon, into the captivating city it is today.
See firsthand how some of the city’s beloved highlights that take on a new vibe as evening approaches. Now without the daytime crowds, you will have a chance to appreciate these treasures. The famous Rialto Bridge is more peaceful, take a moment to enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Grand Canal as evening approaches. Not to be missed is the magical Piazza San Marco with its enchanting night time atmosphere, encompassed by elegant Venetian architecture. Appreciate the beautifully lit buildings like the Bell Tower, Doge’s Palace, and most of all, St Mark’s Basilica with its stunning facade, adorned in decorative marble and golden mosaics. Marvel at its endless display of Venetian pride with its golden St Mark’s statue, and its winged golden lion while your private guide shares with you the history of St Mark’s Basilica.
Entering St Mark’s through a side gate opened exclusively for LivTours. Enter into the pitch black Basilica with only a handful of other people, and sit in its pews as the lights are turned on one by one illuminating its intricate golden blanket of mosaics section by section. In the company of your guide visit the Basilica’s special areas, including getting up close to its breathtaking central golden altarpiece, the Pala d’Oro. You will see the ancient crypt, with only you, your private guide, and a few other people, as part of LivTour’s exclusive entrance, this is a truly spectacular way to experience Venice’s most important religious building in all its glory!
St. Mark’s Basilica was originally built in the 9th century to house the remains of St. Mark. Buried in Alexandria, Egypt until 828, you will hear the story of how he was brought to Venice and given a proper burial in the Basilica that was built specifically to house his remains.
After exploring the inside of St. Mark’s Basilica, your tour ends in the elegant St. Mark’s Piazza in the quiet of the evening. You will have experienced the captivating allure of Venice that only comes out at night! Your private guide will be happy to give you restaurant recommendations so you can finish your evening with a traditional Venetian dinner!
- There is no photography allowed inside St Marks Basilica.
- Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
- LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.
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" We can not praise our Basilica Night tour highly enough! It was an excellent experience from start to finish. First of all, we were welcomed very warmly by our guide Marie-Therese. And then she just blew us away with her passion, enthusiasm for her subject, and the depth of her knowledge. Her explanations were concise, clear and hugely entertaining. Her touch was light and deft; and she was funny, too. The time just flew! I learned so many new things, and my eyes were well and truly opened. I will honestly never look at the Basilica of San Marco again in the same way. You can be sure that we will recommend LivItaly and this particular tour to all our friends."
Deborah - UK
"Thanks to LivItaly I had the opportunity to have a "mystical" experience: be inside the Basilica at night with no one except our little group of blessed people. We started our tour outside in Piazza San Marco, where our great guide Marie was introducing us to the treasures we were going to admire. After an introduction made in the narthex, we were guided inside the basilica, we sat down in the dark and then the bulbs started to light up slowly and the magnificence of the Byzantine mosaics became evident in all their precious splendour. I was speechless in front of this amazing beauty. We also had the rare opportunity to visit an area normally inaccessible to the public: the crypt, the original church built in the IX Century under the present one to house the corpse of St. Mark and the Pala d'Oro a Byzantine altarpiece entirely made of gold and precious stones. One of the most stunning experiences in my whole life! THANKS LIVITALY!!!"
JoAnn - UK
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