Our St. Mark’s Basilica Privileged Night Access tour is perfect for time-tight visitors who want to get an exclusive taste of this enigmatic city as the sun goes down. In just a few hours, we'll take you to Venice’s most famous sights, including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, as well as some quieter, less-obvious spots where you can get a real feel for life in the Floating City, culminating in an after-hours visit to St. Mark’s, where the empty basilica’s doors will be opened especially for our groups.
As you wander the streets and campi (squares) of central Venice, your expert guide will keep you entertained, explaining why the city was built on water and just how it became one of the history’s most important trade empires. Listen as your guide reveals anecdotes about Venice’s most storied residents and the extravagant parties that earned the city its flamboyant reputation, illustrating the defiant spirit and thriving artistic culture that has made Venice one of the world’s most popular destinations for centuries.
Our tour starts at the landmark Rialto Bridge, whose single-span design was a Renaissance-era triumph. From there, follow your local expert guide through the winding streets and over the narrow bridges as we delve further into the heart of the city. After marveling at the enormity of St. Mark’s Square (declared the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon), we’ll be granted special access to St. Mark’s Basilica, which will by this time have closed its doors to the general public for the night. Once inside, you’ll have the chance to explore the hushed, deserted interior, allowing you direct, unobstructed and up-close views of those famous glass-and-gold mosaics as they shine in the evening light. Your guide will show you around, explaining the significance of the east-meets-west design elements, which reflect Venice’s role as a crossroads in the Mediterranean and beyond. During your visit, a custodian will also unlock special access areas that the daytime crowds make difficult to visit, such as the crypt which is said to hold the bones of St. Mark himself and the dazzling Pala d’Oro, a gem-laden Byzantine altarpiece with over 1,900 precious stones.
Join us for a fascinating and intimate introduction to Venice that covers its most important sights as well as granting exclusive nighttime access to St. Mark’s Basilica, so you can experience the church as few ever get the chance to: in peace and privacy!