Basilica dei Frari

Basilica dei Frari: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

1. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Venice: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

2. Venice: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Venice at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Venice’s most important attractions on foot. Start your tour at the imposing Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Visit Campo San Polo, the second largest square in Venice. Photograph the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge on the Grand Canal and admire the Chiesa di San Salvatore with a history dating back to the 7th century. Head next to the bustling Piazza San Marco, the largest and most famous square in Venice. Admire San Marco Basilica with its ornate mosaics. Admire the Pallazo Ducale Palace, the symbol of Venice. Visit the miraculous San Zaccaria Church and the Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci with its characteristic leaning tower, ornate interior, and walls with gilded portraits. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

Venice: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

3. Venice: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your guide at Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Visit Campo San Polo, the second largest square in Venice, followed by Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge on the Grand Canal, and the Chiesa di San Salvatore, dating back to the 7th Century.  Admire the Teatro la Fenice and be amazed by the striking architecture of the Teatro La Fenice. Snap a photo at the iconic Piazza San Marco, the largest and most famous square in Venice. Visit the San Marco Basilica, Pallazo Ducale Palace, and the miraculous San Zaccaria Church. The icing on the cake of this interactive adventure will be the Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci, with its characteristic leaning tower, ornate interior, and walls with gilded portraits.

Venice: Basilica dei Frari & Scuola Grande di San Rocco Tour

4. Venice: Basilica dei Frari & Scuola Grande di San Rocco Tour

Explore the history of Venice by discovering its connections with religion and art throughout the centuries. Embark on a guided tour of two major examples of its heritage: the Basilica dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. See mesmerizing paintings by renowned Italian artists of the past. Meet your guide outside of the Basilica dei Frari. Observe its ancient Gothic facade and step inside to admire masterpieces by Titian, Donatello, and Bellini. Learn about the Franciscan Order, its impact on Venice, and their reasons for building this historic church. Up next, enter the breathtaking Scuola Grande di San Rocco, funded as a confraternity back in the days of the plague. Marvel at more than 60 paintings, tirelessly created by Tintoretto over 20 years, hoping to tell the story of Christ. End your journey here, after touring the inside.

Grand Venice Tour by Boat and Gondola- Skip Crowds & Walking

5. Grand Venice Tour by Boat and Gondola- Skip Crowds & Walking

Exploring Venice does not get more intimate, comfortable, and luxurious than this! Take a private boat tour of Venice and explore the city by water, without the need to compete with the crowds or walk long distances. Learn about the city from your professional guide as you travel along Venice’s beautiful canals by water taxi and gondola, stopping to explore as and when you please. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or any other location of your choice in Venice, and a private water taxi will be docked as close as possible. Set off to explore highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and the Doge’s Palace.  As you float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride, make sure you have your camera at the ready. Pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church, and stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval.  Next, make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce, admiring the grand Rialto Bridge as you approach it by boat. You’ll have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. The final stop will be at Piazza San Marco. Your guide will point out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica, its clock tower and the Campanile. Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Finish your tour in the city center, or back at your hotel.

From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

6. From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

Enjoy a private tour of Venice from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with private chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off at your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead to your destination to meet with your tour guide at a meeting point in the city. On this tour you will discover Venice, a city located in the northwest of Italy with a historic center declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Both its geographical particularity and its monumental and artistic heritage have made Venice one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the world. Thanks to your tour guide you will visit the most important sites of the city such as the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark's Basilica, the arsenal of Venice known as one of the largest industrial complexes in Europe, the Grand Canal where you can take a gondola ride, the gallery of the academy which is the richest of Venetian paintings in the world and much more. Once you have visited the most emblematic sites of the city, your private driver will take you back to Milan.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

7. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Enjoy a stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a day trip to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided walking tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Basilica, and Frari Chapel. Have the option to add a gondola ride to round off your experience. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned bus with plenty of room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your walking tour. Stroll across the first bridge and make your way to the San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Next, stop at Campo San Polo, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for carnival. Head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage, or if you select the optional gondola experience, begin your ride through the city's canals before collecting your luggage.

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What people are saying about Basilica dei Frari

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 622 reviews

To be up front, I was not all into a ‘street food’ tour of Venice, thinking we always look for the hole in the wall restaurants down alleys in most of our vaca’s but my wife booked so I was in. And so thankful I was! Anna gave so much back history of the foods of Venice, the 'why' to order, drinks and the 5 tastings were so varied, plus a tour of the Rialto Market. Was intimate as well, only 6 couples. Highly recommend this, 10 stars easy.

Relaxed tour,Anna our guide was foremost amusing,charming and such a lovely relaxed Girl Food tastings were simple local bites but different to home so much enjoyed All in all great value set-up

Our guide was incredible! She was so knowledgeable, kind, and informative and we had so much great food. Awesome value - absolutely book this tour if you love finding the best local food!

A fun way to see parts of Venice we hadn’t been too, Denys was so great too, would definitely recommend!!

Anna was very knowledgeable and relaxed which meant for a great evening