Venice - San Marco Basilica mass?

Old Apr 1st, 2013, 12:26 AM
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Venice - San Marco Basilica mass?

Has anyone been to mass at San Marco?
Apparently there's a sung mass every morning at 9, on weekdays.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 07:20 AM
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So, no-one has been to a mass at San Marco? I thought it might be a good start to the day, and we can see the basilica afterwards.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Tulips--we tried to go one Sunday evening but were shooed away for some reason (probably because ushers thought we just wanted to see the Basilica and our Italian then was not good enough to explain), so we went to Mass at another church.

You might be able to take part at a weekday morning Mass easier than on Sunday.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Thank you, I'll see if I can find the correct Italian to use if we want to attend mass.
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tulips - we went to the Easter sunday mass a few years ago.

unless the procedure has changed, you need to enter by the north door - there is a notice-board which indicated something like 'services - this way". [the north door is at the opposite side of the Basilica to the entrance to the Doge's palace and the water, BTW - before the sure broadens out in front of the Basilica]

you need to look as if you know where you're going; if you're stopped you could say something like "per frequentare la messa?" and look hopeful!
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We've gone to Mass at San Marco several times so we could admire the Basilica at leisure. Put away your camera and mutter "la santa messa" and the ushers let you in. Be a good sport and sit quietly until the end and arrive before it starts.
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Old Apr 4th, 2013, 12:37 AM
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Thank you, we will try that next week.
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Thanks for the tip. We too would like to attend mass.
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at the end of the Easter Mass they tried to usher us out asap so as to allow the tourists in; we hung around for a bit on the pretext that we wanted to meet the Patriach, but it was obvious that we were just rubbernecking!

as the normal Sunday Mass should be shorter than the Easter one, you may have more luck.
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