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Our most recommended Venice Walking Tours

  • Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    1. Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    A pleasant walking tour with professional private guide starting from Rialto Bridge, the most typical and symbolic monuments of the city, to have a first introduction to a part of the minor Venice. Crossing the famous bridge built at the end of XVI century by Antonio Da Ponte in the form of one great arch, above which on both sides runs a loggia with several shops, you will visit Rialto area: the New Buildings built by Sansovino in the XVI century, today home of the Judical Court and Offices; the Old Buildings built by Scarpagnino in the XVI century; San Giacometto Church, rebuilt by Scarpagnino in the XVI century after the fire which destroyed it almost completely; the colourfull fruits and fish market. Then the visit will proceed towards Frari Church built at the beginning of the fourteen century in Gothic style. The interior has beautiful paintings by Bellini, Titian and Vivarini an...

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    2. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    3. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    4. Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    Get off the beaten tracks of Venice, away from the overcrowded places. The guide will escort you through the heart of Venice letting you discover the most fascinating and secret corners, rich with history such as the Rialto Area, with its typical markets, and the oldest church of Venice: The Church of San Giacometto (about 1200 A.D.). Once upon a time, merchants from all over the world came here to trade and sell their exotic goods. Go through the labyrinth of “calli” and “campi” (narrow Venetian streets and squares) in order to find some hidden architectonic places such as the marvelous “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”, a spectacular spiral staircase that belonged to one of the richest families in Venice. A few meters from there you will see the Fenix Theatre, where Giuseppe Verdi and many other great composers performed their masterpieces. Along the tour, you will also pass through the f...

    Our tour with Francesco was great, it was insightful and fun! He was friendly and kept a multilingual group engaged and together throughout the tour. Would definitely recommend.

  • Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    5. Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

    Very good tour. Small group. Meeting point on other side of square which was a little confusing. Brilliant guide.

  • Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    6. Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    Take a traditional gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canals. Enjoy informative commentary from your gondolier, pass under picturesque bridges, and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the charming canals and marvel at the majestic bridges that you glide under. Experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Listen as your gondolier tells interesting facts about the site on the water route and learn more about the city’s history.

  • St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    7. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

    Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s magnificent interiors and see its collections of Byzantine art. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

  • Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

    8. Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

    Together with your expert guide, you will be escorted inside the palace where you can admire artistic masterpieces created by the most famous painters and sculptors of that time. Tiepolo and Tiziano make up only a few of the many artists that decorated this palace. Be stunned in front of the golden staircases, the entrance of the rooms of the Doges and the halls of power from where you can see the “Last Judgment” by Tintoretto, one of the greatest and largest paintings in the world. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and see Venice from an exclusive point of view as the old prisoners did in the past, before venturing down to the cold and dark prisons. You will see also the jails, celebrated to have hosted also Giacomo Casanova who somehow managed to escape from there. Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app...

    Very well informed tour guide who made the whole experience a great deal more interesting - many thanks!

  • Venice: City Walking Tour

    9. Venice: City Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque square...

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    10. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

Planning Your Visit

  • Can I combine a walking tour and gondola ride?

    Walking tours are a great way to see the city, but it wouldn't be Venice without a ride along the city's canals. Fortunately there are several walking and gondola tour combination packages to choose from, with prices starting from €43.

  • How do the free tours work?

    If you're visiting Venice on the cheap then you might choose to opt for a free walking tour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, be prepared to shuffle away sheepishly!

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13,802 reviews

This was an excellent excursion. My guide Giorgia was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and showed us many areas I may not have found by myself and gave great information about the areas and the history of them. Giorgia made the experience better than I had expected. I travel a lot and Giorgia was one of the most friendly, happy, and informative guides I’ve met. She had an excellent local knowledge of Venice and gave great recommendations of things to see and do and places to dine and shop and how to get around thr city using local transport. She made the experience a lot of fun. She had excellent language and communication skills. It was a great way to get to know Venice and best ways of getting around the beautiful city. I would highly recommend this activity. It’s a great way of finding your way around the famous sites and the off the beaten track areas that you may not know about. It was also excellent value for money. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

We love, love, loved this private food tour. We have some dietary restrictions and Giada was able to accommodate with some excellent tastes. Giada was very knowledgeable about the area and the best places to find delicious food. We would highly recommend this tour to all visitors of the Venice area. This was our third trip to Venice and we walked away feeling like we understood the city and the food options so much more.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.