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Crowds in Venice and St. Mark's Basilica - Reservations

I went online to get the 2 Euro reservation time to visit St. Mark's Basilica, but the page just said "reservation" and nothing was there. I"m going to be there 1 October and was wondering if not having a reservation will be an issued due to COVID. This dovetails into a general question - is Venice less crowded because of COVID? Just wondering what to expect.

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I just returned from a trip that included Venice, and although I primarily had advance reservations, I had a poor tour of St Marks so I decided to returned the next day sans tickets. I was able to get into the Basilica in under 10 minutes, including quickly adding on tickets to the Oro and Terrace once inside the interior. The Clock Tower was a bit of a longer wait, but still less than 20 minutes to get to the top.

At one point, the streets did seem to swell with crowds (I'm assuming from a cruise), but was easy enough to move away from the area where they congregated.

Have fun!

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You can’t make a reservation anymore. Just have to stand in line. Now 3 Euros to enter. We waited 20 minutes on weekday afternoon in august.

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And to address your general question about Venice being less crowded because of covid-I would say yes, but not as much as I expected. St. Mark's square was never crowded but the streets from Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's were in the middle of the day. The vaporettos were very crowded. The 20 minutes we waited to get into St. Mark's was the most we waited anywhere to get into a site, however.

We were there in August. I would expect it would be less crowded by October.