1 hour
Mark’s Basilica
Tour running:

MON 12pm EDT, FRI 2pm EDT
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If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price. Flat fee rate applies for groups of 6 and under.

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Why take this online class?

There probably is no other city that has more inspired words, stories and tales of appreciation than La Serenissima. Over the course of this live online experience, you swept to a journey through the Venetian Lagoon, by our local expert’s all-encompassing stories, into the very soul of Venice and to the St. Mark’s Basilica.

  • Employ yourself with our leading expert guide who will decode the Venetian gem - St. Mark’s Basilica, it's astonishing masterpieces that embellish the grace of its interior and exterior.
  • Get to appreciate the thousand years of history, piece by piece, in digestible portions, enjoyable and understandable by all.
  • Indulge yourself to learn the meaning of the hidden symbols. To understand their inner purpose and meaning to this beloved church and its background.
  • Join in conversation with others from around the world and ask the experts all your burning questions.
  • Connect to this live online experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Explore a thousand years of history

Every day since the construction of the Basilica the audacious eyes of a bronze statue watches soberly over his sphere and over the piazza that bears his name. This passionately ardent sentinel is the winged Lion of St. Mark’s, and his estate is Saint Mark’s Square in the Rialto district of Venice. Day after day the Lion calmly browses through the area, to the east the heights of the Doge’s Palace, to the west tower of the Campanile with it’s arcade of perfectly formed arches on both of his sides, and at last with greatness, he rests his eyes upon the Square’s divine masterpiece - the Basilica of St. Mark’s.

When you join in, you will live through an incredible storytelling experience, along with our Venetian expert from their home amidst the canals of the lagoon, who will reveal you the legend of St. Mark’s Basilica and the role Venetian culture had on its building, its art and architecture, and its legacy. Venice, a city with an intricate past, with a veining history that detours in every direction. In the company of our local expert, the past will end up by having no secrets to you.

Your guide will answer your questions, and even the more gripping, such as why within the Basilica, Venetians favored glass mosaic over the rising Renaissance tradition of fresco paintings. The picture of the city’s greatest accomplishments - its historical blend of flavors within art, architecture, economics, and politics will end up having no secrets to you.

With the Lion with his continual watch upon the frontage of the Basilica, a facade where every ingenious detail is a contribution to the history of not only Venice, but also its once cruel dominance, the Republic of Venice. The Lion stands haughtily with the memory of the all, economic and political triumphs he ever stood for.

With any online tour, you'll also receive a $10 gift voucher which you can use to book any Secret Food Tour, valid for 2 years! And don't forget, if you can afford to tip your guide, you can do so here.

All times specified are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Frequently asked Questions
I just booked a Virtual Tour, how does it work?

As soon as you book your tour, we’ll email you all the details including the date and time for your virtual experience. All tours are conducted using Zoom. The email will include a direct link to join the live experience at the speculated time and date.

Do I need a camera?

Even though your camera doesn’t need to be on during the tour, our guides appreciate interacting with participants so feel free to switch it on and talk to our guides.

What if I'm runnig late?

Please note you can join the tour at any point in time. If you are running late, you can join when you can but please note these tours are non-refundable.

Is it a video or a live tour?

All of the experiences are live and the guides will not be able to pause the tours if you need to leave for a few minutes

Please utilize the “Chat” section of your Zoom dashboard to ask the Coordinator a question and at the time-frame for Q&A with the Guide, the Coordinator will select questions sent in by guests to ask our Guide. 

Can I share the link of the virtual tour?

You are unable to share your link past the number of passengers you have booked for. If you purchase multiple passengers for one tour you will be able to share your link with them by forwarding the booking confirmation email.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

All of the tours are non-refundable. You may reschedule your tour provided you offer a 96 hours’ notice.

If the cancellation is our own fault, you will be offered to reschedule your tour, or a voucher for equal credit or alternative a refund.

How do I join the tours?

All tours are conducted using Zoom. The email will include a direct link to join the live experience at the speculated time and date.

Before joining the tour, you will need to have installed Zoom on the device you will be using. To check your requirements you can go directly to this website.

What happens after the Tour?

If you joined a cooking lesson or any other experiences that may involve the preparation of food or drinks, you will receive an email with all the recipes discussed during your tour. You will also receive a link that links to our Trip Advisor page so you can review the experience.

Cooking Classes

For the Italian Cooking Classes, you will receive a PDF with recipes for the classes. Please note that the pasta and sauce selections will vary depending on ingredients available to our Chefs with unpredictable grocery availability during this time.

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