Dating back to the 11th century, St Mark’s Basilica is one of the most popular locations in Venice. The church is stunning – it’s design is full of gold mosaics as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power.
The good news is it’s free to enter – the bad news is that you can’t take any photos inside (I sneaked a few of the ceiling artwork) and it’s so busy you are shuffled along like cattle – so it can be hard to enjoy the church at your own pace as you end up more concerned about walking in the person ahead!
It might be worth checking when the best times are to avoid the crowds, we went around 1 pm on a Tuesday afternoon.
It is worth going, just be prepared to be shuffled along!