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From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

1. From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

2. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

3. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

4. St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

Explore an amazing route through places that have never been visited until now. Enter the imposing courtroom and the dark cells of the old prisons of Piazza San Marco. You will learn what it meant to be a prisoner back in those days:  what prisoners ate, drank and where they slept. See actual graffiti left by inmates and listen to the story about Casanova’s exciting jailbreak. Hear the myths and legends that still live inside these cold walls and cells. Enjoy the explanation of the powerful Council of The Ten, which consisted of the highest Venice politicians, that oversaw the justice system in all Venetian domains.  Nowadays the prison’s palace that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni is the seat of the Artistic Circle, which offers its guests different cultural experiences and concerts. Yet still, you can feel the presence of the rich history when walking through the halls of the ancient prison.

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

5. Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Venice on a private walking tour, customized so you see and do exactly what you want on your vacation. Follow your local guide, learning the ins and outs of the city, and leave feeling almost like a local yourself, filled with practical and interesting knowledge. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on your walking tour to explore this charming city. Follow your guide's steps and listen to their tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying to get a real feel for the land. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. Let your guide know some of the iconic landmarks you wish to visit, and learn about what else you can see once your tour is over. Feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

6. Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

Join a panoramic, round-trip cruise and enjoy a typical aperitif in St. Mark's Basin. Take in a stunning sunset on board as you pass in front of Saint Mark's Square. Get a unique perspective of the most romantic spots in Venice and its islands. Start your trip by meeting in Venice San Marco, at a location that's just a short walk along the waterfront, not too far from Saint Mark's Square. Hop on board and find a comfy spot to take in the views as you head out on your cruise. This trip is a great way to relax after a long day of sightseeing and is the perfect tour to take with friends, family, or your partner while admiring dreamy places and listening to music. Raise a glass to your trip with your choice of drink, paired with crisps and pretzels.

Venice 2-Hour Secret Gardens Tour

7. Venice 2-Hour Secret Gardens Tour

Visit the secrets gardens of Venice that are hidden behind high walls, on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Head to secluded corners of the city and to remote palaces as you discover Venice off the beaten track. Learn more about the history of Venice's beautiful gardens from your guide. Follow a route through the most magical gardens of the city. Take a walk through public parks, to green inner courtyards and idyllic monastery gardens. Visit the charming gardens hidden behind magnificent palaces. Enjoy the fragrance of the trees and flowers and the beauty of the colorful blossoms that surround you.

Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

8. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

Welcome to Verona: Private Walking Tour with a Local

9. Welcome to Verona: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Verona from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

The City Discovery Game - The Alternative Tour of Venice

10. The City Discovery Game - The Alternative Tour of Venice

Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience across Venice. You’ll solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts on n Campo San Geremia in Cannaregio. All the information you need for your adventure is in your email after booking. Solve 12 riddles. Each riddle takes you from one (hidden) location to the next. You’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts - as well as the history of the city. This game was developed by a local Venetian tour guide. Venice is filled with secrets that are off the beaten path. This discovery game takes you through the hidden backstreets of the Cannaregio district. Riddle by riddle, you will traverse through the immense history of Venice, uncovering pieces of the city’s identity that have been lost in the maze of time. You’ll discover spots in Venice that most locals don’t even know about. You’ll see popular sights from a different angle.

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What people are saying about Veneto

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,263 reviews

Excellent experience with my nephew who is six years old. A day later he is still talking about the mask . The instructor was very patient and I loved that we were able to work in a small group with focused attention on us. A good value for the money and great for kids.

This was a wonderful day long tour to the beautiful Dolomites. Simione, our guide was terrific —very knowledgeable and fun, helpful, spoke excellent English and was key to making the day memorable. Highly recommend.

The guide is very helpful, is bringing insights about the beginning of Venezia that we did not learn elsewhere. The visit was very pleasant

It was an absolutely amazing tour. Got to stop for photos frequently, and had an amazing tour guide. Recommend this trip

Amazing opportunity to see parts of history not otherwise available to you