St Mark’s Basilica at Night Tour | Semi-Private Experience
LivTours’ St Mark’s Basilica at Night Tour gives you a rare chance to visit one of Venice’s most important and glorious landmarks without the crowds and by moonlight. This focused visit allows you to go in-depth into the Patron Saint of Venice, St. Mark. Who was he and how did he become so central to Venice? What do we know about his life and how it is that he came to rest inside this very Basilica?
This tour offers travelers an extraordinary experience – to see the intricate and priceless interior as it shimmers by night, completely alone, opened exclusively for LivTours clientele. You will have an unobstructed view of every single detail and corner of this incredible work of art and symbol of faith, wealth, and culture. See the dazzling light show as the golden mosaics and Pala d’Oro shimmer in the night light. You will be able to access the ancient crypts underneath the Basilica – an area off-limits during the day. Discovering St. Mark’s by night is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
- Visit Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica after hours with LivTours VIP entrance privileges
- Explore the historic Basilica’s mosaics and impressive architecture by moonlight
- Discover all the intricate details inside with only LivTours clientele & your guide
- Experience this incredible landmark with an expert guide who speaks your language
- See the golden Pala d’Oro and visit the underground crypts - without the crowds
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
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Your LivTours’ St. Mark’s Basilica at Night Tour meets in the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Your guide will share the history and stories behind the important landmarks located in the city’s largest square as well as some background on this enchanting floating city itself. Before going inside, you will admire this masterpiece of Byzantine architectural style and understand why this 11th-century cathedral came to be called the “Golden Church”.
After exploring this fascinating square, you will be escorted inside of St. Mark’s Basilica. As the lights are methodically illuminated upon entry, you will be immediately struck by the glow from the more than 4,000 square meters of golden mosaics. Absorb everything around you, for this is really a chance that few visitors ever have the opportunity to have. Thousands of square feet of mosaics depicting both old and new testament stories are visible for you to view, without crowds and other obstructions. Your guide will take you through the key themes to orient you as you wander through this immense site.
One of the highlights of St. Mark’s that will be accessible during your evening visit is the renowned Pala d’Oro – the most famous high altarpiece. This relic is incredibly important to the history of this church in part because it has remained undisturbed in its original place for so many centuries. An unmistakably priceless artifact, this golden altarpiece features gold and several thousands of pieces of precious gems and stones. The origin of this piece lends itself to the mystic and the significance of this normally crowded tourist attraction. Appreciate it fully in a way that is rarely afforded during this visit.
Enter areas typically off-limits such as the Basilica’s underground crypts. Learn the story behind the ancient crypts and how they have come to survive centuries of flooding. Whose remains are here and how is this space reserved and maintained?
LivTours’ Night Tour of St. Mark’s Basilica is an absolute must for travelers with a real desire to experience sites in their most tranquil, natural state.
- St Mark's Square
- Exclusive VIP access into St Marks Basilica
- Stunning lightshow inside Basilica
- Pala d’Oro, high alterpeice
- 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.
- There is no photography allowed inside St Marks Basilica.
- 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.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on the site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Covid-19All of our tours and experiences are in compliance with the latest local Covid-19 safety protocols. More information can be found in the voucher you will receive upon booking your tour/s.
"We were met in the famous St Mark's square by our guide Cristina and the other couple in our small group (total of 4). Cristina was very knowledgeable about the history, culture and art of Venice and particularly passionate about St Marks Cathedral. When we entered the church, it took my breath away! Seeing the mosaics at night, with the special lighting effects, brings out its awesome beauty. We won't forget this special experience. Strongly recommend!"
Eve Bruno - USA
A rare opportunity not to be missed
"We knew that experiencing St Mark at night would be special but we really had no idea just HOW SPECIAL it would be! LivItaly's tour shouldn't be passed up. It's a rare opportunity and worth every penny. We've been inside the basilica during the day and didn't really appreciate its beauty until we saw it illuminated at night. This is the tour to book!!"
Mary - UK
Enchanting night tour of St Marks
"Seeing the St Mark's Basilica at night is romantic, enthralling, spectacular, breathtaking -- in a word, unforgettable! After a brief introduction in the piazza outside of the church, our guide Marie Therese brought our small group inside where one by one the lights came on to review a golden beauty rarely seen before. We were literally flabergasted! When you go to Venice, you will of course visit St. Marks but do it with a LivItaly guide and do it at night! It's the only way!!"
Amy Sh. - USA
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