Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy – Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is Venice’s most famous church and consistently rates as one of the top things to witness in Venice. Located in San Marco Piazza, the basilica is connected to Doge’s Palace and is nicknamed Chiesa d’Oro, or Church of Gold, for its golden interior and mosaics.

This is what the line looked like at 9:20AM.

Though it looks long, the wait was not bad at all.

Regular hours are 9:45AM to 17PM Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays and religious holidays, they’re open 14PM to 17PM.


Head straight into the basilica, which is free, or head to the right where the stairs lead you to the terrace and museum. The entrance to the terrace and museum is only €5 per person, and you can pay when you reach the top of the steps. Before you enter the museum, there is a gift shop where you can purchase rosaries, postcards, and other souvenirs.

No pictures or video are allowed inside of the basilica or museum, but the outside, including the terrace, is fair game.

On the terrace. Doge’s Palace on the left and the grand canal in the back.

The clock tower Torre dell’Orologio, visible from the terrace’s northern end.

The white building on the right is Diocesi di Venezia.

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