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Legendary Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • Our most complete half-day Venice tour, Legendary Venice combines the top two sights of Venice for an insight into the history, art and architecture of Venice.

  • Enjoy a St. Mark’s Basilica tour plus the Doge’s Palace, where you’ll see prisons, apartments, courtrooms & incredible art: With skip the line access you'll have more time inside.

  • Traveling in small groups of 25 with an expert guide passionate about the art & history of Venice, your experience will be fun and engaging.
The roof of St. Marks Basilica Starting our tour by the gondolas The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) The Bridge of Sighs Inside The Bridge of Sighs Touring the oldest parts of the palace Inside the Doge's Palace Doge's Palace with St. Mark's in background Doge's Palace with bell tower Tour with an engaging expert tour guide Painted ceiling panel, Doge's Palace Stairway at the Doge's Palace

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL ACCESS TOUR OF ST MARK'S BASILICA WITH TERRACE ACCESS.

Meeting in St. Mark’s Square we’ll take a few moments to appreciate this incredible space before using our privileged entrance to skip long lines and gain immediate access to the Basilica. Absolutely enormous, the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone! Its history, which dates back to the 9th century, is just as hard to get your mind around. But there’s no understanding Venice without understanding St. Mark’s Basilica.

On our St. Mark’s Basilica tour, your guide will take you far beyond the guidebook to really understand St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice as a whole. Hear the swashbuckling tale of the basilica’s founding (a story that involves an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church’s countless treasures. One such treasure is the bronze horses, which you will see up close during your special access visit to the balcony. With this access, your guide will also have an opportunity to speak with you inside the basilica too (not usually afforded to groups), using their time on the balcony to help you really appreciate the ceiling mosaics up close.

The cherry on top comes as you walk outside onto the terraces themselves. From here you'll witness the most beautiful views in all of Venice, over St Mark's Square and past the Doge's Palace down into the lagoon.

UNEARTH SECRET TALES OF POWER AND CORRUPTION AT THE DOGE’S PALACE – PLUS SOME INCREDIBLE ART!

St. Mark’s Basilica is only the tip of the iceberg though. The Doge’s Palace was the real heart of the Republic of Venice – home to the duke, the government, torture chambers, prisons and so much more. Our Doge’s Palace tours show you the best, telling you stories of scandal and politics that you won’t believe (but you should, we’d never lie to you.)

We’ll skip the line here, too, taking you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil (hint: it has to do with a beheading); discover just what the Doge really did, who he was and why you might not want the job yourself.

You’ll also get to explore the massive armory as part of your Doge’s Palace tour, and the so-called ‘New Prisons’ where your guide will teach you about the grim life of a Venetian prisoner. You’ll cap it all off with the Bridge of Sighs, which you’ll learn isn’t quite as romantic as you thought. But a bridge that connects interrogation rooms to prison cells will be that way.

PRIVILEGED ENTRANCE, SMALL GROUPS AND EXPERT GUIDES – FOR A TOUR TO REMEMBER.

In order to do justice to these incredible sites, we’ve kept our group sizes to only 25 people or fewer. You’ll have headsets throughout your tour, so you’ll be able to hear your guide clearly, engage with them and ask all the questions you want – a good thing too since they’re some of the best in the business.

We’ve spent years building the best team of guides, chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness. We know how important your guide is to the quality of your tour, so we only work with those who are passionate about sharing their passion for the history, art and stories of Venice with you.

For the best, most enjoyable and informative way to see the top sights of Venice, take a walk with us on our Legendary Venice Tour. It’s three hours, two top sites, and dozens of tales you’ll be retelling forever!

Sites visited

  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs

Included

  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Headsets on groups over 6 people
  • Expert, passionate tour guides
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 595 Customer Reviews

Mose was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable, extremely interesting and made it a wonderful experience. You could tell he truly enjoyed giving the tour.
The guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable!
Guide was extremely knowledgeable and even with a larger than expected group was excellent. Would have appreciated more time with guide in St Peter's but overall was excellent.
Elena was awesome!!! Very friendly and so knowledgeable!! We loved her - great tour!
Paola knew her subject, both the palace and the church. She kept the tour very interesting. It was a little long for me but I enjoyed it none the less. She gave us some tips for other things to do that were helpful. I would recommend this for some one that want to learn some history.
Marco was entertaining and knowledgeable. A great experience.
Excellent guide and very informative tour. Just what we hoped it would be. Paula is a very, very good guide.
Our tour guide was Marco. Very informative. He had a great sense of humor that made it very ejoyable.
Excellent tour and guide. Moses was courteous, knowledgeable, and pleasant. As with all the Walks of Italy tours we have done on our trip (we have now done 7), the tour was excellent, we learned a great deal, and we are extremely satisfied. A must see when at Venice!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Very informative. Thanks.
In Venice for 3 days, the tour was excellent. A great way to see the 2 main attractions. The guide was very professional and although in a group gave a very personal guide throughout the tour. She really looked after a couple who had walking difficulties. Excellent!!🤗
Great tour and great guide. It's definitely a plus that the guide is from Venice! Also did an amazing tour in the Vatican with Sev and that was from far the best tour guide ever, very knowledgeable and very clear. We really had a great time.
Our guide was amazing! He was full of life and knowledge and such a joy to be around!
What an amazing tour!! Everything was phenomenal
Really enjoyed the walk and tour. Very knowledgable and friendly. Only small issue we had was it was a little confusing at the meeting point. Couldn't easily find who we were with but that was a minor point. Thanks
Great walking tour, our guide was animated, funny and very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend!
Our tour guide was so good! I can't rave about her enough. Being a Venetian, her experience and historical knowledge was definitely one of a kind.
The tour was probably one of the best we have ever had, Marco was very informative and had an excellent manner.
I would recommend getting new radios. On two of these tours I had radio issues, which were resolved.
A perfect tour for a highlight of the most important places in Venice! Our guide was extremely passionate about both cites and gave interesting and specialized information and stories. Perfect amount of time, too! Would highly recommend!
Wow, that was a lot of information. Experts really bring the story to life. very knowledgeable guide
Very informative tour of St. Mark's and Doge's Palace with Eleonora. Definitely recommend this tour as you find out much more information about the history than you would otherwise get just doing it on your own. She answered any of our questions and was very kind about taking pictures of us.
Our Tour Guide was Eleanor who was very likeable and pleasant, we enjoyed our trip and her knowledge. Thank you
Thank you Mirco for a wonderfully informative tour. We would highly recommend it to our friends.
Excellent tour! Our guide was enthusiastic and engaging. We have booked 8 tours within the last 3 weeks w different agencies and Walks of Italy finds the most knowledgeable and professional guides!
Excellent tour and we were very impressed by the guide, both her knowledge and her management of the group.
Interesting and fun tour. Can't recall our guide's name but he was very knowledgeable and funny. I 'd definitely do another Walks tour.
Marina did a fabulous job, very knowledgable and created a tour that was paced to each of the members. Truly enjoyed it and I learned a great deal. Excellent value!!
MOST ENJOYABLE. WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHERS VISITING VENICE.
We were waiting in the wrong area of St Marks Square. It would be helpful to know at which point to meet in this case it was at museo corner. Elisabetta was very knowledgable and interesting - she was excellent. Thank you.
This tour was great! We had so much fun seeing St Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and the stories she told were really interesting.
Mose was very informative and engaging. Great tour
Excellent tour guide.
Our tour guide was amazing and very considerate! He was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting! We were very happy with our tour!
Well organised from booking to tour itself. Natalyia was engaging and knowledgeable. We would recommend
Had a great tour with very informative info on what we were seeing, also made it very humorous so very enjoyable
After having such a great experience with our previous tours of the week, we decided to book this one as well. Marco was informative but also hysterical. It was a nice way to end our last day in Italy.
Elena was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and despite a slightly larger group worked very hard to keep the tour organized. We definitely recommend this tour.
Eleni was excellent
Very interesting facts about St. Mark's Basilica
Very impressive.....extensive knowledge of the subject matter...conducted this lengthy tour in a professional and engaging manner. Brava!
Excellent tour. The guide is very knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you very much
The guide was incredible!
Very good tour with funny and knowledgeable guide, Marco!
Nataliya was an excellent guide , especially for such a large group . She was engaging and informative and kept the pace moving throughout the tour. I would recommend Nataliya and the Legendary Venice tour to anyone.
Moses knowledge and enthusiasm were extraordinary. Great tour.
This was a great tour. Elena was very good, very knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mose, our guide, was incredible! We had an amazing time in Venice and our tour was definitely a highlight.
The tour was really great. We enjoyed all of it and it really helped us get grounded in Venice for our first day there. Thanks again. Great tour!
Francesca was an excellent guide. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable, she was friendly, engaging, and accommodating of my slower pace and visual limitations. Thank you.
Great tour! So glad we found out about this and were able to do the early tour before the streets were crowded. Tour guide was friendly and answered everyone's questions. We highly recommend this tour.
Susan was fantastic. Very thorough and gave us excellent information and history.
Elena was very nice and very interesting to listen to. She knew her history very well and was very insightful. She made the tour very interesting and fun. The tour seemed to go by too fast because she was riveting with such great information.
Elena was the loveliest most knowledgeable and passionate guide we have ever had. She made our entire trip to Venice
Mose was an interactive and well informed tour guide. His passion about the city was evident and made the tour very engaging. He was also very inclusive of our 11 year old which was much appreciated! I would highly recommend him to others.
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
Francesca led us on a delightful and informative tour. We enjoyed it thoroughly. I would highly recommend her.
Extremely knowledgeable.
Mose was great!
It was fantastic. We learned so much from Elisabeta. We loved the audio kit with 1 earphone - it enabled us to hear everything whilst being independent to wander around and feel part of those amazing buildings.
Susan was wonderful and made history come alive for us! A great storyteller who had a twist at the ending of each story. Thank you Susan for a great memory of our time in Venice!
Very informative! Her knowledge of history was very obvious and appreciated. Greatly enjoyed this tour!
Tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable
Marco was great! He was extremely knowledgeable being a native of Venice. He was thorough but not boring. He was also pretty funny. We are big fans of Walks of Italy due to their excellent guides and small groups.
Very good guide
Our guide was WONDERFUL! It was fantastic to receive a tour from someone who was born and raised in Venice. She was very knowledgable about the entire area and gave us a lot of great information about the places we visited. The tour was beautiful!!
My wife and I had a wonderful time with Elena in and around St. Mark's Square (Piazza), including the Basilica, Terrace, & the Doge's Palace. She was incredibly fun, well spoken, knowledgeable, and had a wonderful ability in making us all feel at ease and welcome in Venice.
Stefano was gracious and professional. He was most thorough and very informative about San Marco and the Doge's Palace.
Elena was a wonderful guide. We leaned a lot about venecian history and culture from her. Highly recommended!
Very knowledgeable, friendly guide. Lots of enthusiasm. Able to understand her well.
Susan was an excellent guide who gave great information in an interesting way. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it highly
Wonderful stories. . Moses made Venice come alive. Couldn't recommend him more highly.
Elena was a wonderful guide, both informative and enthusiastic.
Our Guide Giulia was excellent and this is why we have not had three tours in Italy with you company
Mose was a great guide and did a wonderful job. Very knowledgeable and a good sense of humor, too.
Stefano was a very knowledgeable guide. It was like walking with a Professor of Venetian History (maybe he is!).
Susan is an excellent guide. She looked after us and made sure that we understood hier
Great tour! My third trip to Venice and finally took a tour! Very informative and enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my "walk" with Federica. She was personable, knowledgeable and interesting. I appreciate the fact that she was born and raised in Venice and truly has a love for the city. I
Mose was wonderful! He was patient, very well spoken and extremely well prepared. He made the history of the palace come to life! We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Very informative tour without getting too detailed. Great guide who kept us moving and interesting . I'd highly recommend your tours to anyone visiting Italy!
Francesca was lovely, knowledgeable and so accommodating! Even though part of the Basilica was closed, we did not feel as if we missed anything. Great guide.
The tour and the guide were both excellent. She provided us with great information, had a lovely manner, was well organized, and we enjoyed the tour very much. I highly recommend it!
Our guide was extremely informative, polite and made the walking trip a true Italian experience.
Wonderful!!
Excellent
Absolutely terrific on every level Very personable with wonderful people skills Could not recommend anyone higher
Wonderful tour
The guide was excellent. She made our experience most informative a pleasurable.
Andrea was fantastic because he had such a good grasp of history. He made it really interesting and kept it light with some good humour. We will definitely recommend the tour.
Really great tour!
An excellent tour
Excellent guide. Having a break part way through was a really good idea
"Moses" was excellent. The tour was one of the highlights of our time in Venice.
Nicoletta was very knowledgeable and interesting. We very much enjoyed or time with her. We would strongly recommend her .
This was a wonderful tour and was so informative. We would recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Venice!
Marco was very smart, entertaining & informative. Tour provided good access to all areas of the buildings/ museums.
Elisabetta was wonderful. We really enoyed her tour, she was very interesting and informative.
The guide was very knowledgeable and personal. We learned a good amount of information while having fun in the process.
Our tour of San Marco Basilica and the Doges Palace with Mirco was excellent. His passion for Venice and his knowledge of art history made it both enjoyable and informative. Thank you, Mirco.
Mose was amazing!!
Our guide was wonderful. So very knowledgeable about Venetian history. Will recommend this tour and the use of walks of Italy to everyone.
Guide was great, venues were great
Guilia was very sweet, patient, and knowledgeable. The tour was very thorough and i would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice. I have been there twice before and learned new information.
She was absolutely entertaining, detailed yet not boring and patient with all our questions.
Mierco was an excellent guide. The tour was terrific and informative.
Paola was a most excellent guide, courteous and patient. She demonstrated vast knowledge and appreciation for the history and the vagaries of context for both sites. And she was very charming.
Very knowledgeable guide; wonderful information!
Very good way to see these sights, especially at this busy time of year. Our guide was well informed and excellent company.
Perfect! Tip: Show some real mosaic stones to the tour members.
I appreciated Venice more after the things I learned from the Tour. Nicolette was ery accomodating and knowledgeable. I will surely recommend this tour to my friends or family who wants to visit Venice.
THE GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT, VERY INTERESTING, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ANIMATED REGARDING THE ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY AND ART. WE ALL REALLY ENJOYED OUR TOUR!
Our Guide was excellent - a great tour
Our guide was great.
It was a wonderful informative and well paced tour. We were late due to transportation issues and there was someone to meet us and get to our guid who was very gracious. We are taking the Vatican Tour and are extremely excited for it.
Chiara was wonderful and by far our favorite tour guide for our ten day Italy trip. You could tell she loved her city of Venezia and the history behind it. If we had more time to spend in Venezia, we would have loved to book another tour with her.
We had a delightful tour. Our tour guide was very professional, friendly and full of knowledge. My family and I enjoyed this tour very much and will highly recommend it. Thank you!
Nicolette was wonderful - we appreciated her rich depth in the history of Venice! Very lucky to get her!!
Mose was an excellent guide and was very thorough on his history. He timed the statues ringing the bell perfectly, loved that added touch.
Marco was very knowledgable and provided wonderful insight. He had an excellent sense of humour which made the tour all the more enjoyable
Mose was awesome! Absolutely fantastic.
Andrea was an excellant guide and managed the tour efficiently. He shared interesting facts of the sites visited and pointed out many interesting features during the tour. Would highly recommend this to others!
The guide was fantastic. He was able to explain so much about the history of Venice. I wish we had more time to take another tour with him.
We did leave the tour early but that had nothing to do with the guide or the tour content, it was just too hot and we were ready for air conditioning and ice cold drinks!
Ear pieces were ok but not as good as ones for Vatican tour Would have been better to get tickets to enter museum earlier as after tour wich started at 2 was too late We thought tours were well worthwhile And will certainly recommend them to others
Paula was very knowledgeable but is more difficult with young children on a tour. Unfortunately it was a busier morning than usual so we needed to line up longer but she did explain to us how it usually worked. Overall, a great way to learn about the main sights.
We went on a Walks of Italy tour in Rome that provided padded ear clips instead of ear buds. They sound perfectly clear and don't fall out when walking. But the tour was great, and we enjoyed Mirco's guidance.
She was extremely knowledgable
Ariana was great - friendly, personable, and full of interesting information about the sites we visited, the history of Venice, and life in Italy. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends visiting Venice.
Great tour, great and hard working, nowledgable guide.
Marco was FANTASTIC! He was informative and had quite a sense of humor. Best guide we have ever had in all our years of travel.
Our guide did a great job. Thank for the knowledge and the experience.
We enjoyed another excellent tour with Walks of Italy, and were very impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide, Susan. This was a very comprehensive tour of the Basilica and Doge's Palace, which we would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Venice.
Francesca presented an interesting tour, she was knowledgeable and easily understood. She was also able to include two young children in the group in the information presented.
Our guide was fabulous. Witty and superbly well informed . She made history come alive .
Amazing experience! Our tour guide was excellent, she was very easy going, energetic and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour!
Really enjoyed the tour with Francesca, who was full of information . She obviously enjoys sharing the history of Venice with visitors. Recommended
Our guide gave us a lot of information in an entertaining manner. That made the tour more interesting.
The guide was very friendly and filled with knowledge.
Excellent tour and extremely knowledgable tour guide in Susan.
Mose was an excellent guide. He kept us thoroughly entertained the entire tour. He was interesting , informative and thoroughly professional and knew his topics very well. I would happily recommend him to others. Early start was also a very good idea re crowds.
Loved the tour. Guide was great. Just a little pricey is my only complaint. Would have loved extra 10 min in basilica. That was rushed.
A very informative tour with a great guide. We would highly recommend it
Excellent tour glad we took it early in our trip as helped us better understand Venice and its history
Elena was vary knowledgeable and kept the conversation interesting,
The tour of Venice's most famous sites was very complete and provided a great deal of information! Elizabeth was very enjoyable as a guide.
Our guide, Francesca, was excellent. She was well informed and passionate about the subject. It was clear that she wanted to ensure we got the most out of the tour.
Francesca was a wonderful tour guide with a great personality. We so enjoyed our three hour tour with her and would definitely book another tour in the future.
Excellent tour, meeting expectation. Mirco has been an excellent guide, professional and cheerful, didactic and funny. To be done again.
Our guide Susan was absolutely fantastic, so knowledgeable and wonderfully interesting to listen to. We came away with a real depth of understanding about the Venetian Republic that would have been impossible to obtain from a guide book. We can't recommend this tour highly enough!
Mirco was absolutely fantastic. Made Venice special to us
Micro was a great guide with a lot of knowledge of the city of Venice. The tour was paced very well and he did a great job of explaining everything.
Moses was an incredible guide. He is kind and extremely knowledgeable. We would take a tour with your company and Moses again. We will recommend your tour group and Moses!
Moses was an incredible guide. He is kind and extremely knowledgeable. We would take a tour with your company and Moses again. We will recommend your tour group and Moses!
Our guide, Francesca, was knowledgable, personable, kept a good pace and made the cost worthwhile.
Francesca was very enthusiastic & knowledgeable. I really enjoyed this tour of the 2 major Venetian attractions. She really explained clearly the close religious & political ties of historical Venice & bought these 2 buildings to life with fascinating facts & anecdotes.
Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge. She also was very energetic and made the tour exciting. I would highly recommend anyone I know to go on a tour with her. I just hope my tour in Rome isn't a let down after the amazing tour I had in Venice.
Great loved it, thank you
Susan was knowledgable of St. Mark and Dogge Palace . Susan made the tour interesting with all the little facts that she knows. Walks of Italy has made my trip very enjoyable . Keep up the good work. You a very high class tour company.
We did both Florence and Venice. Professional and very well managed tour operation
I cannot remember our guide's name (she was British) but she was wonderful and very informative. I am glad to have had her as a guide.
Sue was an excellent and knowledgable guide and we appreciated her interesting and imaginative commentary.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Susan was an excellent and very informative guide.
Excellent tour!!! We will recommend your company to other travelers.
This tour was one of the best we have experienced in our travels! We would definitely recommend it!
We booked several tours in our stay in different parts of Italy I must say that was the.best tour we Had. Marco is very entertaining. He is a.superb tour guide. Will.recommend.walks of.Italy to my friends.
Booking went smoothly. Tour was comprehensive and proceeded at leisurely pace. Guide was courteous, entertaining and knowledgeable.
Fantastic tour around Venice. highly recommended
Stefano was great! Very informative and with humor he kept the information interesting!
The tour was very informative. Susan made all the facts even more interesting and her knowledge seemed abundant! I would highly recommend this tour with Susan to anyone.
Brilliant, perfectly knowledgeable guide.
Again, a very informative and interesting tour. Although both sites were very busy, we were taken into quieter areas and Francesca's level of knowledge was amazing. This tour is a must for first time visitors to Venice.
Showed passion and very easy going.
I absolutely loved our tour and our tour guide. I wish I remembered her name! She was great. My husband and I felt so much more appreciation for Venice and its culture thanks to her!!
7 of us enjoyed the tour and it was very informative.
Marco was a brilliant guide, really informative but very relaxed and funny. He really made the tour which covered everything we wanted it to cover. We will definitely be recommending this tour to others
It was a fantastic tour .
We had a super afternoon with our guide who was even extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The sights we viewed were made even better by her insight and humour. 10 out of 10
Moises was a great guide. Answered individual questions and had a lot of information to share.
Moise was an extremely informative and charming guide who paced things exactly right. He is a real asset to your company and we would have no hesitation in booking another tour when back in Venice.
Marco is an amazing charismatic tour guide. He is professional, witty and funny. This made the information easy tonremember and truly enjoyable. I wish every tour guide was him. I will recommend him to everyone.
Very enjoyable - will be using you again in New York in June
Moses is very knowledgeable and we had a wonderful time!
Marco was incredibly engaging, charismatic and humorous.
Excellent knowledgeable guide. He kept my interest throughout entire tour
We were very impressed with Francesca. She was very enthusiastic despite the wind and rain! And her stories and information were interesting to us all including my daughters. Thankyou Francesca.
Marco was fabulous. Charming, very knowledgable and also entertaining. We toured with 3 teenagers, and we all enjoyed it and learnt a lot - Marco obviously has a great knowledge of, and passion for, art and history. We could happily have spent a whole day listening and quizzing him.
Was fantastic. Loved it. :)
Venice and the event were top notch. Our guide was younger and our 6 kids did a little better with him. He was patient with them and their questions and the pace was just nice.
Elena was great! Very knowledgable, took a lot o questions and paced the tour well.
We found the various guides we used in Italy most informative and pleasant. The administrative staff also did their part in making the arrangements run smoothly.
Ditto above..Frederica was excellent!
Just great and Mirco wonderful
Marina was extremely professional an excellent tour guide. I was very impressed by the tour. We enjoyed it!
Moses was excellent . Great afternoon , very informative
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. I cannot recommend this tour with Mose enough! He has a clear passion for the art, history and politics of Venice.
Julia was our guide on this tour again very hapy with her expertise on all aspects regarding Venice
Great tour and guide. Very impressive and informative.
Perfect
Mose was a wonderful guide and the information was given with passion that made it even more real to us. I would do this again and again if I could have this guide and definitely recommend it to all who want to really know venice.
Guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and personable. Content was very comprehensive. If we were going to be in Venice any longer, we would definitely sign up for another tour with Elen.
Elenore our guide was great.
Mose was extremely competent guide. First, he is so knowledgeable. Second, he was able to answer everyone's questions and was patient with all of us. The tour was measured and we enjoyed it immensely. Mose is a really fine guide.
Tour guide Mariana (?) was excellent and very knowledgeable
Charming and knowledgeable Great guide
We thought Mose was exceptionally knowledgeable, and very much appreciated his enthusiasm for the subject. We spent a month in the region (in Italy & on an Adriatic cruise) and were on quite a number of tours. Mose was one of the best tour guides we encountered.
We backed the morning and afternoon tours. Weather was horrible. But the tours were sooooo good. Thank you so much!
Being on the terrace without a huge crowd was nice. Not having to wait in long lines was worth the price. Frederica was informative and interesting presentation.
Frediricka (?) was amazing. I loved that she added little personal snippets of her life to tie the past and present together. I wish we had more time to take another tour with her.
The tour was excellent. The guide was pleasant, knowledgeable, and very capable of answering questions.
It was absolutely wonderful! Federica is a superb guide and obviously quite passionate about her homeland!
Same as above. Definitely the highlight of our vacation!!
Great guide with lots of wonderful stories and facts.
Excellent! Mirko (sp?) was fabulous! Excellent information and well paced tour.
Susan was AWESOME; she made sure to establish rapport with all of us (even a pre-teen boy); a perfect guide.
Mose was so informative and almost made the stories of old Venice come to life!
Our tour guide was the best I have ever had. He was intelligent, engaging, humorous and a delight to spend the afternoon with. Give him a raise!!!!
I believe we were with Fredericka (sp?) She was excellent! We had a wonderful time learning about Venice, touring Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Would highly recommend!
Marco was an excellent guide. He was intelligent and funny...we all enjoyed him and his tour very much!!
Excellent tour and guide
Susan was fantastic - knowledgable, entertaining, engaging. It made out trip.
Marco was very informative and had a great sense of humor. The tour was wonderful. We will definitely recommend this tour to our friends traveling to Venice
Very informative with a personal touch of humor.
Marco has a good sense of humor - lots of facts. Ran us through Dodge's Palace too quickly and we missed things. Overall, very good.
Our final tour with Walks of Italy, for this vacation at least, and we were not disappointed. So much to see, in so little time, but Giuseppina did a great job of pointing out the highlights. We already have, and will continue to recommend Walks of Italy tours to others.
This tour was excellent. Our tour guide, Federica, spoke English well, and was very enthusiastic. I would highly recommend this tour.
Our guide Mose was excellent
Great tour filled with a lot of information about the site and Venice. The guide was fantastic!
This was a replacement tour as I was unable to make the Rome tour I had booked a few days earlier. I called your Customer Service and your representative worked very hard to find something that would work into my schedule. This was also a great tour and very informative guide.
Excellent guide.
A knowledgeable, helpful and courteous guide. Group just the right size.
Loved our tour. Excellent guide. Very efficient and helpful answering questions.
See my comments above about Mose. He was again, wonderful, thorough and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone that comes to Venice.
Loved the tour and the guide We will look forward to one of your tours in Florence
Great guide, informative and enjoyable tour
The guide seemed a little unsure how to handle the extreme heat. We asked for some water breaks but only got one.
This was my second tour this day and although I was tired I was eager to hear the stories Moses offered.
Frederica is an excellent guide. It was a very informative and interesting tour.
She was very good. Really enjoyed her knowledge.
Wonderful your. Fun and informative. Great guide
Our tour guide was the best we had on our trip. His knowledge and expertise of Venetian history were unbelievable.
Thank you to Elena. The guided tour was a perfect length and most informative.
This was a really interesting tour not least because of our delightful Guide Frederica. It really added a dimension to have a true Venetian explain the history and context and also provide lots of anecdotes about Venice and Venitians. Brilliant!
Our guide Marina was extremely informative, passionate and very well informed. The day was very hot and Marina did her best to keep us out of the sun. We learned much about Venice, the Basilica, Doges Palace and its history. Would highly recommend to all. Thanks, Michael & Jen Rouse.
Great tour. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable.
Great 3 hours....really enjoyed.
Enjoyed this tour, and it gave us plenty of time in each place Was great to skip the line.
We really enjoyed the private tour. Mose was very knowledgeable. Had no issues hearing him with the headset (believe me we had some problems with other tour companies). Loved it
We really enjoyed the private tour. Mose was very knowledgeable. Had no issues hearing him with the headset (believe me we had some problems with other tour companies). Loved it
Susan was an amazing & very insightful guide. Susan's storytelling ability was second to none & she was one of the most engaging speakers we have ever met. She was very willing to offer advice on any aspect of Venice.
He was very educated and knowledgeable about the history of St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
The guide was fantastic; he had a great personality, and was obviously very experienced in Venetian history. Highly recommended.
Our tour guide was very passionate & informative-without her we would not have appreciated fully the beautiful architecture and fascinating history behind all we looked at-thank you!
Very knowledgeable and very interesting. A great sense of humour. We learnt unexpected things about the places we visited
Great guide! Funny and friendly :)
Doing back to back 3-4 hour tours during a heat wave with an 84 year old mother would have been impossible without Federica's attentive concern !
We very much enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Francesca, was friendly and personable and shared her vast knowledge of the two sites visited in a most engaging way. We liked the smallish size of the group as well. Thank you.
Josie did a brilliant job at keeping the adults and kids interested whilst providing so much interesting information! Highly recommended!
Marina did a very good job. It was well worth the cost.
Guilia was great, sites were fantastic, highlight of my trip!
Excellent tour, guide very knowledgable and took time to answer all questions, my only issue was that it was a little disorganised at the start but once we got under way it was very good, our tour guide was Francesca.
Marco was knowledgeable and darkly sarcastic and funny. Great tour. My only regret is that I had no Euros to tip him with. Hopefully he gets a small bonus!
The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm of the Elena and indeed all the guides on our tours made the experience very rewarding.
We were very happy with our tour leader. She was wonderful
Susan was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. She was able to answer all our questions. It was a very hot day and she even accommodated that! She was excellent!!
We loved St. Mark's! I is so beautiful and breath taking. The Palace was very impressive too!
Susan was knowledgeable and informative. She was also very accommodating as several members of our tour needed to leave prior to the conclusion. She altered her itinerary so that everyone could see what she felt was most important.
Federica was great! She was paitent, kind, and answered any questions we had. She was very knowledgable about both locations and we throughly enjoyed her tour.
Great guide and very informative tour. I especially appreciated the historical information about Venice, and its political structure.
Very good guide. Thoroughly enjoyed all his stories and history he had to share! very engaging
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide - great job!
Our guide, Mose, was exceptional. He was passionate and knowledgeable. I can't imagine a better guide!
This was certainly one of the best we've ever been on. The guide was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and made it interesting, as well. Kudos!!
The tour was a great introduction to the basilica as well as the palace. The guide was very knowledgeable.
A great tour.
A wonderful experience, which was made even more special by our guide. Can't recommend highly enough!!!
We had an excellent day and our guide was fabulous. She was so knowledgeable and kind. We were very pleased we went on this tour. Thank you for making venice an even more fabulous visit.
Our guide was great, very knowledgeable!
Federica was also a great guide. We enjoyed that she is actually from Venice because she was able to give us insights that we found very informative and interesting. We really enjoyed this tour. She was very professional and knowledgeable.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Plenty of information presented with a deft touch.
Great tour with an incredibly informative and obviously knowledgeable guide. The highest of recommendations for Francesca.
We did 2 other tours during our stay with other vendors and Walks of Italy was by far the best for knowledge of topic, pace in which the tour was handled, and overall entertainment. Would recommend it to anyone!
The guide was so friendly and knowledgable, it was an excellent tour! Although it was three hours, the time whizzed by before we knew it! Really glad I booked with Walks of Italy. - This is not a paid review it really was that good!
Sarah was really enthusiastic and passionate about the history of Venice. Very knowledgable - a really interesting few hours. Would highly recommend.
Our guide was fantastic! We absolutely loved the tour. It was our 1st time in venice and she was very good at explaining everything. Would highly recommend!
Awesome!!
Great tour with a very enthusiastic tour guide. A tour well worth the money.
Our tour and tour guide for St Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace were both excellent. We enjoyed our tour very much!
Our guide was wonderful.
The Guide was fantastic. She was very knowledge, answered questions and do a wonderful job. Of all the tours we took we felt this was the very best. Even the young man who greeted us was sharp, caring and nice nice guy, funny too.
Guide was very friendly and so knowledgable. My husband and I are so glad we took the toure. We only did the 1, but will recommend your tours to our family and friends. Thank you for making our vacation awesome.
Our guide Francesca was fabulous. I can not say enough about how good she was in terms of her knowledge and politeness. Please let her know we thought she was great.
Our guide was incredible. He gave us such great insight and understanding of the artwork and history. It was fabulous. He spent hours answering my husband's endless political questions.
Another fantastic tour! Great guide, great sites, and tons of information shared by an incredibly knowledgeable guide!! You have the best knack for finding historians to lead your tours, and this one was no exception! Thank you!
Mose truly knows his stuff - and how to make our visit especially interesting and unique - from avoiding the crowds to interesting facts and wonderful vantage points to view things. Highly recommended tour guide!
We took four tours with Walks Of Italy. All four were fantastic. The guides were very clear and so knowledgeable. We really did learn a lot about what we were seeing. We would recommend all four tours.
Excellent Tour. Thank you so much for a wonderful Tour. Susan was a wonderful guide, absolutely outstanding knowledge, presence ,and personal skills - you could not ask for a better Tour. Would definitely recommend and especially if you could book Susan as the Guide. Thank you so much.
Our tour leader, Susan, was excellent in her subject knowledge, communication skills and her organisation of the group. This was my second visit to Venice and I learnt so much more on the "Walks of Italy" tour. Highly recommended.
We just spent 10 days in Italy and Greece and these were by far the best tours of our trip. Small group with a knowlegable and passionate guide. Will definitely look at Walks of Italy tours when we are next in Italy
Fantastic!
Our tour leader, Susan, was excellent in her subject knowledge, communication skills and her organisation of the group. This was my second visit to Venice and I learnt so much more on the "Walks of Italy" tour. Highly recommended.
Thank you Mose! It was an unforgettable tour thanks to you!
Mose' was an excellent guide with an even pace. He was also very knowledgeable when providing answers to our questions. Again... Walks of Italy Kicks Butt!
Mose' was an excellent guide with an even pace. He was also very knowledgeable when providing answers to our questions. Again... Walks of Italy Kicks Butt!
My daughter and I visited Rome, Florence and Venice and LOVED out trip. Our 3 tours were of the highlights of our trip! The venues we visited coupled with the knowledge and personalities of our guides were amazing!
Mose was an excellent guide - our teenage daughter particularly enjoyed the tour and learning about the politics of Venice
Fantastic tour! Loved our guide!
Mose was an excellent guide - our teenage daughter particularly enjoyed the tour and learning about the politics of Venice
Great tour of St Marc's and Doge's Palace. Tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate.
Our tour with Mose was great. He was very informative and fun.
Punctual very knowlegable and could explain in a way understood by all. would highly recommend Susan and your company.
Great tour of St Marc's and Doge's Palace. Tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate.
Mose was a wonderful guide. He was extremely well informed. You could tell he was passionate about the history and art of Venice. One of the best tours we have ever done!
Our tour was completely satisfactory!
Much to see, very knowledgeable and the tour was comprehensive. Nice to have a small group. Would use Walks of Italy again and guide.
Mose was a wonderful guide. He was extremely well informed. You could tell he was passionate about the history and art of Venice. One of the best tours we have ever done!
We had a great time!
Giusy was our guide for this tour. She was fabulous. We really enjoyed her tour. She was a wonderful hostess to her favorite city.
All four of our tours, three in Rome and one in Venice were outstanding! All four guides would be highly recommended by us. We had an outstanding time and will be sure to recommend you to our friends!
I loved my tours and tour guides. My experience was excellent. We took our Venice in a Day with Mose and Kristina . They were wonderful, helpful and very attentive. I very much appreciated their knowledge and readiness to help and explain everything to us.
Super tour. Really interesting, well organise and clearly explained. would definitely book again
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, and would have taken more WOI tours, but some of the ones we wanted were limited and didn't fit in our schedules unfort unfortunately. Guide was lively, funny, and very knowledgeable and she incised joy in her job.
Not a single complaint! All tours were excellent - well-organised and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
Giusy was a very informative tour guide. She did a very good job, and was a pleasure to have done our first tour with. Thanks Giusy.
Mose - was outstanding. We truly enjoyed our tour and the time we spent with him.
Walks of Italy offers consistently excellent value and very professional guides.
Camilla was fantastic!
Excellent, excellent, excellent - very happy with all the guides. Thank you very much for helping make my daughter and myself's holiday memorable.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. For those interested in wheelchair friendly tours in Venice, please contact our Customer Care team at info@walksofitaly.com.

St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.

Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.

This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases we endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.

Between November 3rd and March 31st, there is no skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica. The good news is that lines at this time of year are almost always minimal. There is still skip the line access to the Doge's Palace during this period.

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Mose was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable, extremely interesting and made it a wonderful experience. You could tell he truly enjoyed giving the tour.
The guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable!
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Guide was extremely knowledgeable and even with a larger than expected group was excellent. Would have appreciated more time with guide in St Peter's but overall was excellent.
I think you need to re-enforce that you have to walk up and down stairs for people with wheelchairs. I thought it was interesting to have a three hour turn into a 4.25 hour tour due to having to wait for a handicapped person in a wheelchair. You should set up a link within this tour to allow disabled persons to take a different tour.
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Elena was awesome!!! Very friendly and so knowledgeable!! We loved her - great tour!
Paola knew her subject, both the palace and the church. She kept the tour very interesting. It was a little long for me but I enjoyed it none the less. She gave us some tips for other things to do that were helpful. I would recommend this for some one that want to learn some history.
Marco was entertaining and knowledgeable. A great experience.
Excellent guide and very informative tour. Just what we hoped it would be. Paula is a very, very good guide.
Our tour guide was Marco. Very informative. He had a great sense of humor that made it very ejoyable.
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Excellent tour and guide. Moses was courteous, knowledgeable, and pleasant. As with all the Walks of Italy tours we have done on our trip (we have now done 7), the tour was excellent, we learned a great deal, and we are extremely satisfied. A must see when at Venice!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Very informative. Thanks.
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In Venice for 3 days, the tour was excellent. A great way to see the 2 main attractions. The guide was very professional and although in a group gave a very personal guide throughout the tour. She really looked after a couple who had walking difficulties. Excellent!!🤗
Great tour and great guide. It's definitely a plus that the guide is from Venice! Also did an amazing tour in the Vatican with Sev and that was from far the best tour guide ever, very knowledgeable and very clear. We really had a great time.
Our guide was amazing! He was full of life and knowledge and such a joy to be around!
What an amazing tour!! Everything was phenomenal
Really enjoyed the walk and tour. Very knowledgable and friendly. Only small issue we had was it was a little confusing at the meeting point. Couldn't easily find who we were with but that was a minor point. Thanks
Great walking tour, our guide was animated, funny and very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend!
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Our tour guide was so good! I can't rave about her enough. Being a Venetian, her experience and historical knowledge was definitely one of a kind.
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The tour was probably one of the best we have ever had, Marco was very informative and had an excellent manner.
I would recommend getting new radios. On two of these tours I had radio issues, which were resolved.
A perfect tour for a highlight of the most important places in Venice! Our guide was extremely passionate about both cites and gave interesting and specialized information and stories. Perfect amount of time, too! Would highly recommend!
Wow, that was a lot of information. Experts really bring the story to life. very knowledgeable guide
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Very informative tour of St. Mark's and Doge's Palace with Eleonora. Definitely recommend this tour as you find out much more information about the history than you would otherwise get just doing it on your own. She answered any of our questions and was very kind about taking pictures of us.
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This was definitely the best tour I have ever been on, even with all the steps. Eleonora was brilliant, especially considering the length of the tour. So glad she was our guide even if I could not see the crypt. Only issue on the tour was myself and various other people who took the tour can only use headsets that cover your ears (the ear plugs do not stay in our ears as they are too big for us) so some of what was said did not get to us. It also was not always possible to keep up with Eleonora, for various reasons.
Our Tour Guide was Eleanor who was very likeable and pleasant, we enjoyed our trip and her knowledge. Thank you
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Elisabetta gave us a fantastic tour of St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace. It was the first of our trip and we were pleased to have such a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We could tell that we were just seeing the tip of the iceberg of Elisabetta's knowledge and it was great to be able to ask questions and drill into the things that most interested us. It was a great introduction to the great city of Venice and all its history and we would highly recommend it to others looking to get their feet wet!
Our guide was incredibly well informed and honestly seem to enjoy showing Vience to us. Highly recommend her as a guide.
Thank you Mirco for a wonderfully informative tour. We would highly recommend it to our friends.
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We booked this tour on the internet before going to Venice and so glad that we did. It was fantastic we were meet on time and had the most wonderful knowledgeable tour guide. The tour guide made it interesting but also with funny anidotes and a relaxed pace. She had been bought up in Venice and her love for her city was plain to see. I would recommend this tour to anyone and best of all you avoid all queues which are always ongoing in St Marks Sq.
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Excellent tour! Our guide was enthusiastic and engaging. We have booked 8 tours within the last 3 weeks w different agencies and Walks of Italy finds the most knowledgeable and professional guides!
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Excellent tour and we were very impressed by the guide, both her knowledge and her management of the group.
Interesting and fun tour. Can't recall our guide's name but he was very knowledgeable and funny. I 'd definitely do another Walks tour.
Marina did a fabulous job, very knowledgable and created a tour that was paced to each of the members. Truly enjoyed it and I learned a great deal. Excellent value!!
MOST ENJOYABLE. WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHERS VISITING VENICE.