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San Giacomo di Rialto: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

1. Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

Get off the beaten path of Venice, away from the crowds. With a guide, explore the heart of Venice, including lesser-known areas, rich with history such as the Rialto Bridge. Visit the labyrinth of “calli” and “campi” (narrow Venetian streets and squares) and find hidden architectural gems such as Marco Polo's House, a building believed to be the home of the famous explorer, marked by a white plaque and now used as a theater. Continue to the Fenix Theatre, where Giuseppe Verdi and many other great composers performed their masterpieces. Pass through St. Mark's Square with its stunning monuments as well as Doge's Palace, Basilica, and many other historic buildings. Choose an optional gondola ride and discover the canals of Venice. During your gondola ride, admire Venice's highlights, such as the Mozart House, the Fenice Opera House, the Grand Canal, and more. You will end the tour at Piazza San Marco.

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

2. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, and more with your Venice museum pass. Glimpse into the past as you explore the treasures and cultural traditions across various museums and historic churches. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • Santa Maria Del Carmelo - I Carmini • San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

Venice: Private Ghost Tour and Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Private Ghost Tour and Gondola Ride

Venture into the darker side of Venice on a private ghost tour after dark, and hear stories from its bloody past as you creep down dank alleys that still fire the imagination. Meet your guide in the shadows of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, before walking to the Rialto Bridge. They will take you through a mass of spooky alleys, telling of the spirits that lurk in hidden doorways along the way. Learn about the ghosts of the Campo della Fava. Go to Marco Polo’s house and hear about his Chinese wife. Visit San Gallo, site of one of the most terrible murders in the history of the city, and where the famous sculptor Antonio Canova died. If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, take a 30-minute gondola ride through the network of silent canals. Keep your nerve as the only noise you hope to hear will be the sound of paddles touching water… Your guide will continue to spook you as you sail under the Bridge of Sighs, where captured criminals took their final walk. Cruise into the Campiello Querini, and see the Bell Tower in Santa Maria Formosa, designed to scare off the Devil. End at Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, where the ghost of the Doge continues to haunt the city to this day!

Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Bar Tour & Evening Guided Tour

4. Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Bar Tour & Evening Guided Tour

Let the local tour guide take you on a guided tour to discover Venice while tasting Venice’s traditional cicchetti (similar to tapas) and wine. See the bacari, the characteristic little bars that locals use after heading home from work to enjoy an ombra (a glass of wine) and a cicchetto. Get ready to lose yourself in unexpected delights and the real side of Venice with lively locals and their traditions. The second part of the tour will take you along an unusual walk after dark. At night, Venice completely transforms and a new, charming city seems to reveal itself once the sun goes down and the crowds leave. Explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its charm of the night and exploring some of the less beaten tracks. Tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany your walk.

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Wine & Local Aperitifs

5. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Wine & Local Aperitifs

It is said that to really understand a country you should taste its food. This is particularly true in Italy, with its ever lasting culinary tradition and where good food is still an essential part of everyday life. This is true also in Venice. Let a local tour guide take you on a guided tour to discover Venice while tasting its traditional “cichetti” (snacks) and wine. “It’s always Ombra & Cichetti Time” The magic of Venice lies in the labyrinth of its back alleys and the thriving “bacari” that are hidden there, away from the crowds and touristic places. The bacari are characteristic little bars where locals use to stroll in the evening or while heading home from work, between an “ombra” and a “cicchetto”. "Ombra" in Venetian dialect means "glass of wine", while "cicchetto" is the traditional snack locals use to have while sipping their wine. Get ready to lose yourself in unexpected delights and the real side of Venice, with lively locals and their traditions.

San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Learn the history of Venice as told through the tales of its prominent merchants, courtesans, and painters in San Polo, the site of the city's main market since 1097. The tour starts near the Rialto area. Venice was a city where west met east, and exotic items such as silk and spices were traded alongside traditional goods like copper and wood. The city's courtesans were well-off in this golden age and lived in sumptuous apartments. They were often accomplished musicians and raconteurs, and some were even deployed as secret spies for the state. Focus will then shift to the Venetian artists, with a visit to the Gothic Frari church, which dwarfs the eastern side of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in the 13th century, it is one of the city's largest places of worship. Simply the sheer size of its striking interior will amaze you, let alone the quality of its High Renaissance masterpieces – Titian's Assumption being the most famous.

Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

7. Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Discover the magic of Venice on foot and by water on a combined walking tour and gondola ride. Explore the city center with a local guide and then take an unaccompanied punt down the canals on the city’s famous mode of transport. Meet at the Campo San Giacomo di Rialto near the Rialto Bridge and learn why it was initially considered a very bad idea to build it. Take a quick look at the Rialto Fish Market to learn about the long fishing history of the city and its famous cuisine. Get a couple of restaurant recommendations from your local guide! Continue to the sestiere (district) of Cannaregio, home to some of the city’s hidden gems. Discover the house where Marco Polo once lived, and go to the unique Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. See a remarkable statue by Verocchio on the Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, where you will also see a variety of typical Venetian architectural styles. Meander through hidden alleyways, and hear tales of the city’s past. Learn what it is like to live on the island today as you walk to St. Mark’s Square. Look inside St. Mark’s Basilica for a better understanding of how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. Gaze at exquisite mosaics and other treasures inside and hear how the city begged, borrowed and stole to grow from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the medieval world. While the St. Mark’s Basilica is closed to the public for restoration work, visit the basilica's terrace and its museum instead. Your guide will then leave you to enjoy a 20-minute (approximately) gondola ride with a professional gondolier. Limited to only 6 people per gondola, this experience will be both intimate and relaxing. Punt through the quieter canals of Venice as you relax and enjoy the city at its best!

Venice: The Discover Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

8. Venice: The Discover Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

First, experience a lesser-known Venice, wandering through its back streets and small hidden squares starting from St. Mark's Square and reaching Rialto Bridge. Then, board a gondola and learn a little about what its like living in this unique city. Meet your local guide in front of the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square, and let yourself be led through the labyrinth of alleyways, squares or campi and hear about the history, stories and the local Venetian dialect. On leaving the square, you will stop in front of Fenice Theatre, one of the most famous opera houses in Europe. Learn about its glorious but also troubled history. Passing through other hidden corners of the city, you will be able to discover the history of Venice through its prominent architectural sights. Admire the Bovolo Staircase, a Renaissance masterpiece, and one of Venice's finest architectural jewels. This fascinating and complex spiral staircase is part of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and dates from 1499. It is tucked away in a small courtyard close to Campo Manin. Before heading back towards St. Mark's Square, you will make a stop close to the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal and discover what made it the historical center of the commercial area of the city. The walking tour will finish in Saint Moisè Square, the landing stage of the famous Venetian transportation, the gondola. Relax aboard this historic vessel, enjoying the thrills of both the Grand Canal and minor canals. Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners.

Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Saint Mark's

9. Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Saint Mark's

Discover the treasures of Venice on a small group walking tour, and experience “La Serenissima” in a more intimate way. With no more than 6 people per group, you will enjoy your guide’s undivided attention as you admire the palaces, churches and small squares of the city of water. Meet your guide on the small Campo San Giacometto, located in a bustling shopping area in the Rialto. One of the oldest churches in Venice, San Giacometto church was consecrated in 421 AC. See the daily market next to the Grand Canal, where locals come to buy groceries and fresh fish. Admire the Rialto Bridge just as the sun begins to warm up the day. Your guide will explain the reason of its unique structure and take you to its highest point for a dazzling view of the Grand Canal. Wander a maze of small alleys and grand piazzas in some of Venice’s most historic sestiere (neighborhoods), hearing entertaining anecdotes about powerful Venetian families. Along the way, pass the small church of San Giovanni Crisostomo in the Cannaregio, see the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church in the Castello, and admire the Gothic and Renaissance façades of the church of Santa Maria Formosa in the Rialto. Before you know it, you will be standing on St. Mark’s Square, facing grandiose St. Mark’s Basilica. Learn about the power struggles of the neighboring Doge’s Palace. Admire the golden mosaics of St. Mark’s, before you skip the long lines to go inside and discover the wonders of its interior. The tour is timed to coincide with the hour each morning when the lights are turned on inside. Go to the top terrace for beautiful views, both inside the church and across St. Mark’s Square.

Venice: Hidden Corners of Rialto Guided Walking Tour

10. Venice: Hidden Corners of Rialto Guided Walking Tour

The tour starts at the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, according to legend the oldest church of the city and closely linked to the founding myth of Venice and its trade history. Head to the city's oldest and most important market, the Rialto Market: It supplies fresh ingredients not only to residents but also to the local bacari (bars) and restaurants. Here at the market you will discover numerous fresh products that you will taste during a culinary break with a cicheto (typical Venetian snack) and a glass of wine. Continue along the hidden streets past the most crooked door in the city uncovering how the city on the water was built. Walk to the Church of Sant'Aponal in the immediate vicinity of the place where none other than Pope Alexander III is said to have spent a night like an ordinary beggar during his escape from the German emperor Barbarossa and hear how this pope is linked to the Church of San Silvestro, where the Wine Merchants' Guild was based. (It is not without reason that the adjacent bank along the Canal Grande is called "Riva del Vin", the "wine bank"!). At the end of the tour you will discover through symbols, frescoes and street signs the place where luxury goods such as silk and gold were traded. The journey through time concludes with a breathtaking view over the well-known Rialto Bridge and the Fontego dei Tedeschi, the former warehouse of the German-speaking merchants. The tour ends again at the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto. This tour is accessible as there are no bridges to cross during the route. Please note that there is only room for 1 wheelchair in the premises during the tasting. Please use line 1 to the “Rialto Mercato” stop to get to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about San Giacomo di Rialto

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Not to miss! We recommend it at the beginning of the stay. Very interesting with lots of little anecdotes depending on the place. There is a nice balance between historical and anecdotal aspect. Our older teenagers were receptive to the explanations and loved this visit. Our guide who has lived all his life in Venice gave us the good sides of Venice, the good tips. She gave us advice for certain purchases (and it was not easy to find the place afterwards without having taken notes). And she also had a critical mind about the mass tourism that Venice represents and all the inconveniences that this engenders.

Valentina, our guide, drew our attention to many beautiful details of the untouristy corners of Venice. And told us some interesting things about the different parts of the city.

A magnificent gateway in time. Remember to take a cable if you rent an audio guide And warm clothing in winter because the rooms are not heated.

It was super great, the tour guide is very knowledgeable and adapted to our wishes and made the tour a wonderful experience for us!

A great tour of Venice that goes off the beaten track! Our guide was excellent!