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Welcome to Venice

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 9.00AM

Tour Highlights

  • Get a comprehensive view of the city, from top sights to hidden palaces, on our local-led Venice walking tour.

  • Enjoy a 30 minute gondola ride through quiet, atmospheric canals (for much less than the going rate!)

  • Skip long lines at St. Mark's Basilica for a guided tour inside.

The Rialto Bridge, visited on our tour The view from the Rialto Bridge Explore quiet neighborhoods & canals You never know what you'll see Small groups mean easy interaction The Rialto Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market St. Mark's Square Plus a Venice gondola ride! Max 6 people per gondola Venice gondola on the Grand Canal Venice gondola on the Grand Canal Who wants to travel by vaporetto? Gondolier by the Rialto Bridge Navigate the quieter canals Navigate the quieter canals Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market The Venetian flag



Combining big-name sights and hidden corners, this Venice walking tour takes you to the heart of the city in just 3 hours; giving you a broad view of the history, culture and character of the Floating City.

Led by an expert local guide (Venetians do exist!), you’ll start by the Rialto Bridge. Hear how the structure was considered so audacious in its engineering that critics at the time predicted it would fall (it’s still standing, 420 years later). Drop by the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the city's fishermen before veering off the beaten path into Cannaregio; one of the loveliest, most authentic areas of Venice.

We’ve carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. Sure, you’ll see the Rialto Bridge, but you’ll also delve into quiet streets, pass peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to find.

As you wind through Venice’s hidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past and present. Curious about real estate prices? Or how they handle flooding? Now’s your chance to ask a real insider! And since your group is so small, with a maximum of 12 people, there’s no reason to be shy.


While the atmosphere of Venice is best experienced on a walking tour of its streets and canals, there are some sights you really can’t miss. St. Mark’s Basilica is top of this list, as long general access lines usually attest.

With pre-reserved tickets, you’ll get straight inside for a 30-minute tour with your guide. Learn how the relics of St. Mark arrived here by dubious means, admire its incredible gold mosaics and understand why the church’s east-meets-west architecture is a perfect representation of the city of Venice.


The best is yet to come! At the conclusion of your tour, your local insider will leave you in the expert hands of a professional gondolier. Climb onboard a traditional Venice gondola for a half-hour excursion through the city’s canals. Sit back and enjoy exploring the city as it was meant to be seen – from the water!

This is your time to relax, unwind, and enjoy Venice at its best. And with no more than 5 other people on your boat (max group size of 6) it’s sure to be every bit as romantic as you had dreamed. Venice gondola rides normally cost €80 but can cost more. So not only are you ticking another must-do off your bucket list, you're saving money too.

Allow us to introduce you to our Venice – a city of winding streets, stunning canals and stories untold.

Sites visited

  • St. Mark's Basilica & Square
  • Gondola Ride
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Grand Canal
  • House of Marco Polo
  • Church of Miracles
  • & numerous hidden streets and squares


  • Skip the line tickets to San Mark's Basilica
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets


5-stars from over 452 Customer Reviews

Sabrina was great - really enjoyed the tour . Would recommend!
Our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and made the experience not only interesting but fun as well. We would highly recommend this tour.
Our guide as amazing

Important information

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

After your exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.

This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.

On Sundays the Rialto market is closed, but we will still visit the area.

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.

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Sabrina was great - really enjoyed the tour . Would recommend!
Our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and made the experience not only interesting but fun as well. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Our guide as amazing
Laura gave us a wonderful insight to Venice. Thank you
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Loved Paola! She was sweet, kind and we learned a lot. Thank you!
We had a most enjoyable and interesting walk. Our guide, can’t remember her name (Paula?) was fantastic. We learned everything there was to know about Venice and loved walking through the least known alleyways of Venice. Our visit to St. Mark’s Basilica was breathtaking. Walking in a group of 12 was terrific in such a busy place. The gondola ride at the conclusion of the walk was fantastic. So glad we booked with Walks of Italy. We did an all day walking tour in Rome with your company as well which was also top notch. Dario was our guide. He was funny and very knowledgeable. He kept the group together at all times whilst we visited the many tourist attractions in Rome which were exteremely crowded with tourists.
We enjoyed the tour and our guide, Josie, was very respectful and knowledgeable. My only change would be if we were able to go upstairs in St Marks Basilica.
Enjoyed tour and gondola ride. Felt we got good value.
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We enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide was wonderful, and was very patient in answering our questions and giving us information. The four of us appreciated the small group format and the earphones. We felt like we didn't miss anything. We have already booked tours with your company in Rome, and are looking forward to them. Thank you.
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We really enjoyed the tour! Nicoleta (sp?) was very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories about beautiful Venice and the way people lived hundreds of years ago. I would recommend!
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Excellent tour and very knowledgeable guide.
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Very passionate and knowledgeable guide
The tour included more than I expected. The guide was very well informed and very pleasant.
I LOVED my tour guide SEV. He had a great jokes and engaged/interacted with the group well. He was quite knowledgable and told me many new facts about the places we visited. Sev is a great tour guide, highly recommend him!
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It was a most wonderful tour. Well-planned, well-paced. Enjoyed Rialto Market very much and the surrounding neighbourhood. Wowed by St Mark’s basilica. Though I didn’t think I would enjoy the touristy gondola ride, the 30 minute ride through quiet canals was very pleasant, a nice escape from crowds and summer heat. Francesca is the best guide we have had in our Italy trip having taken tours in Rome, Florence, Pompeii/ Positano. Her historical knowledge is exemplary and alll shared in an easy manner. Loved all the little details she pointed out to us along the walk, anecdotes she shared. She showed us places we would have missed on our own. I would rate this tour 5*!
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We thought Mateo was awesome. His knowledge was enlightening and gave us a new outlook on Venice. Wish we had signed up for the all day tour
Mose was excellent!
Very interesting tour with a good guide
The tour was amazing and our guide was fantastic.
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The Guide was very interesting and informative. We enjoyed his tour very much.
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Our guide was amazing ! A true Venetian who does not just give history but also current events ! Gratzie Mille
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I'd have preferred a little less time at the fish market and more time inside St. Marks and at the square. Otherwise it was a great tour.
The leaders were terrific. My only disappointment was that we had to change the date of the tour because my husband got ill and we were charged a fee fir doing so.
Loved the tour. Very informative. A great way to see Venice and learn about it in a way you never could on your own.
We enjoyed the walk very much. I had used Walks of Italy before in Rome and was happy to find the same quality in Venice.
Guide was wonderful, interesting and entertaining. Really enjoyed our time with her.
Over the 3 days in Rome, 2 in Florence and 2 in Venice we took 7 different tours with Walks of Italy. They were all great, well organized and the guides knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would highly recommend that people book these ahead like we did to take the stress out of there trip planning. Thank you.
We THOROUGHLY enjoyed the tour with Marie-Therese! She was incredibly knowledgeable about Venice, and we loved seeing the city through her dual lens as both a longtime resident and also as someone who had lived much of her life elsewhere--it brought a unique perspective as both an insider AND an outsider. We learned so much about the history of Venice, as well as its modern-day challenges and infrastructure, and came away from the tour with a much deeper and greater appreciation for both the city as it was in its past and also as it is today. And her observant, incisive sense of humor was also a big plus!
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very good!
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Good day, thank you for giving us the opportunity to comment on our walk. We both found the walk and the information provided by your guide, Sabrina very informative and interesting and we learnt a lot about the history and culture of Venice. We will be recommending you to our family and friends as an excellent choice if thinking about visiting Italy in the future. Thank you once again. Jim & Sonia Forster.
Very informative and pleasant tour with Sabrina! She is a great guide!
I can highly recommend the welcome to Venice walk. Having looked at the feedback on the site, we were glad we chose this walk. Our guide, Sarah, was excellent and we learnt a lot about the city. The Rialto market was great and the secret places off the tourist track were interesting. Thank you.