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Basilica di San Marco

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Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 270 8311
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09:45 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:45 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent...

Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.

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Architecture and artwork are unreal. Wish we could have gone in main part of church. View from above was impressive but not the same. Wish they had a brochure w info about the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 March 2016
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Medfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Architecture and artwork are unreal. Wish we could have gone in main part of church. View from above was impressive but not the same. Wish they had a brochure w info about the history, etc. 5 euro fee inside was a surprise.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Typical European cathedral but great to admire the paintings and architecture never the less. Really good for a rainy day and a 'must' on your itinerary

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Lovely cathedral with unique architecture. No big queue so got in easily. Not as big as I imagined. Lovely gold detail in the domes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

You can enter different parts of the Basilica, the most impressive is upstairs close to the mosaic walls. We didn't find any place in the building which sold a ticket to all areas so you needed to keep paying separately which was a bit annoying

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

St Mark's is, of course, a must-do if you're visiting Venice. We were there late Feb/early March and luckily it was a bit drizzly so not that many people around at 9am. However, by 11.30 it was getting busy. The Basilica itself is just stunning, and it's worth paying extra to see the relics in the Treasury - a bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

Second visit to Saint Mark's and it was as lovely as I remembered from my first trip years ago. Fabulous architecture. Visited on an unexpected sunny day in a week of mostly heavy rain so an ice cream added to the treat.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

Famous basilica. Ornate inside. free entry. Queues constant but move quickly. You cannot take big bags inside but there is a free luggage store around the corner. Amazing mosaics inside and outside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

You can enter the basilica free but you are not allowed in with rucksacks, cameras or you will be turned away on entry The basilica is decorated in gold mosaics which is amazing. We I went in there was a small service being carried out. If you want to see certain areas there is a small charge, such as viewing... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Watch for fraud and unfriendliness. We had trouble finding a place to have a beverage and small bite to eat that would let us sit down.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I recommend learning about this via the Rick Steves' San Marco Square audio guide (app). Download the app and head on over, preferably during one of the slower seasons-- the crowds sound beyond oppressive in August!

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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