Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours

St. Mark’s Basilica follows varying timings through the year.

November to June (Corpus Domini)
Mondays - Saturday | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sundays and holidays | 2.00 PM. – 4.30 PM

June (Corpus Domini) to November
Mondays - Saturday | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sundays and holidays | 2.00 PM. – 5:00 PM

  • Last entrance is usually 15 minutes before closing
  • During the months of March, April and days of festivals, the Church remains open until 5:00 PM on Sundays. Monday through Saturday, the opening hours remain the same.

Mass Timings at St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark Basilica Weekly Mass Timings
Monday to Friday | 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays | 7:00 AM to 7:45 PM

St. Mark's Basilica Daily Mass Timings

Below are the starting times of the mass through the day. The Mass can take anything between 1 to 2 hours depending on the nature of mass.

  • 7:00 am
  • 8:00 am
  • 9:00 am - Sung Mass of the Charter of the Canons preceded by the celebration of the praises.
  • 10:00 am - In Baptistery .
  • 10:30 am - Sung with brief remarks in various languages, St. Mark’s Chapel.
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 - Sundays only (suspended in the months of July and August).
  • 5:30pm - Sundays Only (Celebration of Vespers and Madonna Nicopeia procession with the chant of the litanies).
  • 6:45 pm - This mass is often sung by foreign choirs passing through Venice (preceded by the celebration of Vespers and the rosary)

What is the best time to visit the St. Mark’s Basilica?

St. Mark’s Basilica is known for its shimmering gold mosaic and intricate marble designs. To witness this in all it’s glory visit the Basilica anytime after 11:30 AM as the lights are turned on leading to a spectacular glow. The soft, warm light makes the entire basilica glow like a firefly. It’s simply breathtaking!

St. Mark’s Basilica Guided Tour Deconstructed

There is much to witness and experience at St. Mark’s Basilica. A typical guided tour includes fascinating narrations of the historical accounts and legends surrounding the Basilica. The tour generally commences at the clock tower on St. Mark’s Square, a vibrant location that serves as the most prominent public square in Venice. If you’re looking to tour only St. Mark’s Basilica, it should take you an hour to walk the length of the Basilica with your tour guide narrating interesting legends and detailing its the rich history.

If you’ve purchased a combo ticket that allows entry to the nearby attractions and a walking tour around Venice, it can take anything between 3- 7 hours. These tours are more encompassing and allows you to experience more of Venice at a economical fare. The most popular tours combine Skip the Line Guided Tour tickets to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. These tours are highly popular as both these attractions have painfully long queues and gaining skip the line access with a tour guide is an absolute saver!

Moreover, most St. Mark’s Basilica tours gift you a 20 minute complimentary glass blowing demonstration at a Glass Factory on St. Mark’s Square. Make sure to attend this!