One of the must-visit spots when visiting Venice is the World Heritage Site of St. Mark’s Basilica. There are some points to note when visiting, so if you know in advance, you will not be in trouble locally. It is also famous that you cannot enter St. Mark’s Basilica unless you line up, so it is recommend that you visit at different times or make a reservation in advance. In this article, we will introduce in detail how you entered the reservation for St. Mark’s Basilica.
⦁ About St. Mark’s Basilica
In 828 C.E., a Venetian merchant brought back the body of St. Mark from Alexandria. The “Saint Mark’s Basilica” was built to worship the body of St. Mark. It is a representative Byzantine building influenced by the Byzantine Empire. Since it has been renovate several times, it has adopted various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles, and it became the present appearance around the 11th century.
⦁ Opening hours
[St. Mark’s Basilica]
4 / 16-10 / 28 9: 30-17: 00 (Sun / holiday 14: 00-17: 00)
10 / 29-4 / 15 9: 30-17: 00 (Sun / holiday) 14: 00-16: 30)
[Pala d’Oro / Treasure Museum]
4 / 16-10 / 28 9: 35-17: 00 (Sun / holiday 14: 00-17: 00)
10 / 29-4 / 15 9: 35-17: 00 (Sun)・ Celebration 14: 00-16: 30)
4 / 16-10 / 28 9: 35-17: 00
⦁ closing day
⦁ Admission fee
[St. Mark’s Basilica] Free
[Pala d’Oro] Adults 2 euros, children ( 6-18 years old) 1 euro
[Treasure house] Adults 3 euros, children (6-18 years old) 1.5 euros
[Museum] Adults 5 euros, children (6-18 years old) 2.5 euros
Photography, skin exposure, eating and drinking, mobile phone calls, pets, and large luggage are prohibit. Photography inside St. Mark’s Basilica is prohibit, but only the view from the balcony on the 2nd floor can be photographed. As for clothing, avoid clothing with exposed shoulders and thighs (camisole, tank top, shorts, miniskirt, etc.) as it is a sacred place. If you are worried, it is safe for women to have a stole or cardigan.
⦁ Luggage storage:
Large luggage cannot brought into St. Mark’s Basilica, so please leave your luggage in the storage area indicated by the red marker on the map. We also had a 25L backpack, so we left it in the storage, but when looking at other tourists, we could not bring in backpacks and suitcases, and large handbags and shoulders like women have. The bag seemed to be OK to bring in.
⦁ Reservation for St. Mark’s Basilica:
St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Venice, so it is famous for not being able to enter without lining up. Around 9 o’clock on weekdays in June, which is not the peak season, there was a line of about 100m. If you want to avoid the congestion even a little, it is recommend lining up first in the morning” or “entering in the afternoon. If you want to be sure to avoid the queue, you can either “pre-book online” or “take an optional tour”.
⦁ Pre-book online:
Admission tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica can be booked from the official English website. Reservations can only be made from April 1st to November 2nd each year, and the reservation fee is 3 euros per person (free for children under 5 years old). Individuals can go to the reservation screen from “INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS” and enter the desired date and time and the number of people to make a reservation. On the day of the event, print out the ticket or save it on your smartphone and bring it with you, and line up at the reservation-only entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica 10 minutes before the reservation time.
⦁ Take an optional tour:
You can also take an optional tour to enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Although the fee is high, the point is that you can enjoy sightseeing efficiently.
You can also see the statue of the horse, which is display just above the front entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica, up close. The Crusaders bring the statue back from Constantinople as a loot. The replica is display here, and the real thing was exhibit in the museum.