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Venice - Welcome to Venice

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 9.30AM

Tour Highlights

  • Why choose between a Venice walking tour and a gondola ride when you can do both? Enjoy an off-the-beaten-path walking tour & relaxing Venice gondola ride (at a huge discount!)

  • On our walking tour you’ll see sights from the famous Rialto Bridge, to atmospheric streets and squares. Then float along stunning canals on a traditional Venice gondola ride.

  • During your walking tour you'll travel in small groups of 12 people or fewer, while your gondola will hold a maximum of 6 people – and you'll save! Venice gondola rides are normally €80.

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

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

St Mark's Basilica, exterior

ENJOY A VENICE WALKING TOUR, VISITING FAMOUS ICONS AND SECRET SIGHTS.

After meeting your local expert at the lovely Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, you’ll head to the world-famous Rialto Bridge. Hear how the structure was considered so audacious in its engineering, critics at the time predicted it would fall (it’s still standing, 420 years later!) We'll drop by the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the city's fisherman and its famous cuisine before going off the beaten path into the sestiere (neighborhood) of Cannaregio, one of the loveliest, most authentic areas of Venice. This neighborhood also happens to be home to some of Venice’s finest hidden gems.

In the Church of San Giovanni Grisostomo, admire stunning paintings by Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo; visit the house of Marco Polo; admire the treasure-box church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli; at Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, you'll see a statue by Leonardo Da Vinci's former master; while Campo Santo Maria Formosa, offers a compact view of the varied and beautiful Venetian architectural styles.

Travel with an expert guide on our Venice walking tour

HEAR THE STORIES THAT BRING THE STREETS AND CANALS OF VENICE TO LIFE.

We’ve carefully chosen the sights on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. Sure, you’ll see the Rialto Bridge and pass some of Venice’s prettiest postcard spots, 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 tell you what it’s like to live on the island today. Curious about real estate prices? Or how they handle flooding? Now’s your chance to ask a real insider! And since your group is small, with a maximum of just 12 people or fewer, there’s no reason to be shy.

After spending some time with our expert local guides on our Venice walking tour, you’ll be well set up to get the best from the rest of your vacation – with top tips on what to visit, what to avoid and where to eat.

Venice gondola ride

ENJOY A MEMORABLE VENICE GONDOLA RIDE WITH 6 PEOPLE OR FEWER.

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

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
  • San Giovanni Gristosomo (inside with paintings by Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo)
  • House of Marco Polo (from outside)
  • Church of Miracles (from outside)
  • Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
  • Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice's main hospital (from the outside)
  • Bronze Equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verocchio
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa
  • Arch of Paradise
  • Church of San Zulian (from outside)
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)

Included

  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 202 Customer Reviews

So glad that we took this tour with Mose. His knowledge was excellent, and was able to answer all of our questions. We learnt so much, both of the history of Venice, and of modern day Venice. And the gondola ride was a great way to end the tour. Well done, and well done to Mose.
Excellent service during the 2 tours with Francesca.
We loved Mirco! The fact that he was a native Venetian made the experience even more special! I wanted to buy an authentic Venetian made mask and he told me just where to go!
The Venice tour was incredible! We saw all of the little hidden sights as well as the major ones and our guide was amazing - very friendly, funny and helpful.
Excellent introduction to City and good value for money. Guide was passionate about HER City.
An excellent introduction to Venice, just what I needed to begin my stay. Guide Francesca was very knowledgeable and her English was very good. The gondola ride was a nice way to complete the tour - something I probably would not have done solo. Highly recommended.
Our first tour was Venice walking with Moise (?). He was great! We then had a tour in Florence and 2 in Rome. All guides were excellent. We loved the small group size. The guides were all informative and funny and made the experience very worthwhile. Thank you.
Mose' was excellent. He gave us some valuable information which I was able to use the rest of my stay in Venice!

Important information

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

After your 2-hour 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.

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So glad that we took this tour with Mose. His knowledge was excellent, and was able to answer all of our questions. We learnt so much, both of the history of Venice, and of modern day Venice. And the gondola ride was a great way to end the tour. Well done, and well done to Mose.
We took two Walks of Italy tours in Venice - Welcome to Venice and St Mark's & Doge's Palace. Both times we had the same guide - Francesca - and she was great! St Mark's & Doge's Palace was focused on history, politics and art. It was very informative and enjoyable. Unfortunately St Mark's was closed unexpectedly the day of our tour and was slated to re-open at the time our 3 hour tour was supposed to end. Francesca was great - she used the whole three hours in the Doge's Palace instead of cutting the tour short. She was able to take us into more rooms than the usual tour as we had more time, and she could tell us more history and stories. And the best part - she offered to stay for an extra hour past the end of the tour time to take us into St Mark's and explain the art and history to us so we could still do that part of the tour. Luckily everyone in our group could stay (one duo had lunch reservations and Francesca helped them to move them back at their request so they could stay too). Welcome to Venice was more casual with a mix of history, legend, current issues, recommendations on places to eat, and laughs. It was a combination of the main areas (e.g. Rialto bridge, St Mark's Sq) and quieter, out of the way areas. It was a great way to get oriented and get a brief overview of Venice. In both the tours, Francesca was very good with our kids (4 year old and 1.5 year old). She was patient and helpful when navigating around. And she made sure to address our 4 year old directly, ask him for his "help", answer his questions, and to point out special things for him that kids particularly would enjoy. We are very glad we did these two tours in Venice. We had a great time and our 4 year old still remembers the guide and the stories she told!
Excellent service during the 2 tours with Francesca.
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We loved Mirco! The fact that he was a native Venetian made the experience even more special! I wanted to buy an authentic Venetian made mask and he told me just where to go!
Your tours are remarkable and amazing. My friend and I took 5 different tours and each one was perfect in every way. Your guides were knowledgeable, funny, entertaining and helpful. Your tours were so full of information and we felt in each case, we saw everything there was to see. Hats off to your company and to our guides - Jozephina in Venice, Charles in Florence, Sergio and Magda in Rome. Cannot say enough good things about all of them.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Mos?. He was very knowledgeable and open to questions. We had spent the prior 2 days in Venice, and he showed and told us many things we weren't aware of. The pictures of the meeting place were very helpful for locating it. The gondola ride was a little "cheesy" and somewhat like a Disney ride but I guess everyone needs 1 gondola experience on their first visit to Venice. All in all a good value and worthwhile.
The Venice tour was incredible! We saw all of the little hidden sights as well as the major ones and our guide was amazing - very friendly, funny and helpful.
We took 4 Walks of Italy ours during our 19 days in Italy. The Welcome to Venice Tour was great and the guide was excellent. We also took the Legendary Venice Tour and that was OK - guide was a bit dry. However, our tours in Rome (pristine Sistene and Premium Coliseum, etc.) were excellent!! We had the same guide for each one (blond lady in her 30s first name started with a J born in Poland). She was OUTSTANDING!! Super well-informed with a wry sense of humor and she was very patient. Because of her sharing information about the Pope saying a mass open to the ticked public and specifically where to get the tickets, we were able to attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's. Finally, getting into the Sistene Chapel first thing before doors open to the public enabled us to fully enjoy that magnificent room . Thank you for greatly enhancing our first visit to Italy! My wife and I HIGHLY recommend!
Excellent introduction to City and good value for money. Guide was passionate about HER City.
An excellent introduction to Venice, just what I needed to begin my stay. Guide Francesca was very knowledgeable and her English was very good. The gondola ride was a nice way to complete the tour - something I probably would not have done solo. Highly recommended.
The tour was great and was the perfect way to see Venice. I have heard nothing from people but you should not to the gondola rides because they are too expensive. This was the best way to have the experience and also get a great guided tour. My only comment is that I wished we had had microphoned ear buds because it was sometimes hard to hear since the roads are so small and we had to walk single filed and would miss some of the amazing parts of what Marco(our guide) was saying. Other than that I would recommend this to anyone going to Venice.
Our first tour was Venice walking with Moise (?). He was great! We then had a tour in Florence and 2 in Rome. All guides were excellent. We loved the small group size. The guides were all informative and funny and made the experience very worthwhile. Thank you.
Mose' was excellent. He gave us some valuable information which I was able to use the rest of my stay in Venice!
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Wonderful tour! We loved our guide, Marco. He was very informative and friendly!
Really nice tour. Informative guides who seem enthusiastic. Lots of great information.
We had a great time during our tour in Venice.
This was an excellent and informative tour. Federica did an outstanding job of showing us around the local spots and giving us an overview of Venice's history. I can honestly say this was the best tour I booked while in Italy. Federica was very friendly and easy to understand. Her sense of humor also added to the experience. The gondola ride at the end was a great way to end the tour. A great value given all that we covered. Grazie mille!
The Guide Susan was excellent, very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. She saw to our assigned gondola ride. What a lovely tour it was. thank you.
We are very pleased with our experience with Walks of Italy. The group size was small and conducive for the exchange of questions. Our tour guide was very informative, friendly, thoughtful and engaging. We learned a lot about the culture and every-day life of the Venetians. Walks of Italy as a company was very responsive to my inquires - both prior to and after booking. I would recommend this tour to my friends.Added by: Anastacia Gillam
My family and I took this tour with Marina with high hopes. (On our trip to Italy, this was our third tour with Walks of Itsly and all were excellent.). While this tour does not cover the major sites in Venice, it was nonetheless fantastic. Marina introduces us to parts of Venice we would not have seen on our own and my kids absolutely LOVED the Rialto Fish Market. Marina was great and provided us with an insider's perspective and history of the city.
Marina was our guide for this tour and she did a fabulous job. Her knowledge of the city was excellent and she brought the history of Venice alive. The day of our tour it was rainy but we barely noticed as we saw the beautiful
A pleasant walk
The tour guide is very professional, on time, the group size is good - enough so that all can ask qustions from the tour guide.
Excellent introductory tour. Guide (Marco) was very entertaining and informative. Enjoyed all of the funny bits of history and Venetian pride he would throw in.
Both the tours were great and the Guides were also good. Thank you
Walks of Italy offers consistently excellent value and very professional guides.
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
This tour was really good. Mose was an awesome tour guide. He had lots of useful information and fun anecdotes.
Marina took us through some beautiful parts of the city, and was extremely knowledgable about the area and history. The gondola ride was quite a bit of fun, and went longer than I had anticipated.
Welcome to Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride The Guide Susan was excellent, very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. She saw to our assigned gondola ride. What a lovely tour it was. thank you. Florence Food Tour was the best!!! Our guide Coral was very personable, very informative and a wonderful person to get to know. It was great getting to know the culture of the food. What a delight. Thank you. Eternity in a Day: Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center---It was the most informative tour of all. Our guide Alisa was a very knowledgeable person and knew her history!! She explained every detail. The full day was almost too much information to take in. I loved it but was exhausted afterwards. So much information and sites. thank you for an excellent tour.
Welcome to Venice tour with Susan was a fantastic way to start our first visit to Venice. Susan was a wealth of knowledge and provided us with some wonderful insights into some colorful history of Venice. I would highly recommend this tour to any first time visitors to Venice! Small group of 12 persons or less is the way to go.... Thanks Susan
We are very pleased with our experience with Walks of Italy. The group size was small and conducive for the exchange of questions. Our tour guide was very informative, friendly, thoughtful and engaging. We learned a lot about the culture and every-day life of the Venetians. Walks of Italy as a company was very responsive to my inquires - both prior to and after booking. I would recommend this tour to my friends.
Both tours were lead by Marina who was very knowledgeable and thorough on both tours. I would recommend her to others.
The Walks of Italy tours added a wonderful experience to our trip. All of the guides were so knowledgeable and personable, Bruno in Rome, Susan in Venice. We also had the Vatican tour in Rome and the day tour in Florence. I can?t remember the names of 2 of the tour guides, but we did have Bernie for the second half of the tour in Florence. They were all superb! The small group of 12 was so important to the quality of the experience as well as the ear pieces.
My family and I took this tour with Marina with high hopes. (On our trip to Italy, this was our third tour with Walks of Itsly and all were excellent.). While this tour does not cover the major sites in Venice, it was nonetheless fantastic. Marina introduces us to parts of Venice we would not have seen on our own and my kids absolutely LOVED the Rialto Fish Market. Marina was great and provided us with an insider's perspective and history of the city.
Our guide was a native of Venice so she was so wonderful to listen to. I was disappointed that there was no guidance on the Gondola ride. Our Gondolier at one point took a smoke break and also talked on cell phone
Excellent tour. Giusy was knowledgeable and gave great insight into Venetian life. Enjoyed it and the Gondola ride too.
Wonderful walking tour - guide was friendly and informative. Would highly recommend.
We had a great morning with Giusy. The tour was interesting and there were a lot of interesting facts shared. A point of view from locals is always helpful and Giusy made our first day in Venezia a great experience.
OK Tour. Guide was good, but not great.
Susan was absolutely amazing! She is very considerate of everyone's needs and made the tour excellent. She is a great public speaker and made everything sound interesting. Thank you Susan for making us love Venice even more!
We loved all the tours! The guides were extremely knowledgeable on their topics and gave interesting presentations.
I am so glad we used Walks of Italy to give us a superb introduction to the Vatican, Colosseum, and Venice. The 3 tour guides were all first rate: punctual, very knowledgeable, and pleasant. The tours were well-paced, and though at first they seemed expensive, they were worth every penny for the informative tours we received.
Again your guides are wonderful he was very knowledgable and the tour took us to some great places
we learnt many interesting facts about Venice that you wouldn't read in books. She was a great guide and we loved the narrow back streets of the tour.
I have done a few Walks of Italy tours and this one was a little less wonderful than the others. The guide was very knowledgeable, but did not use microphone/listening devices for tour participants, so he was hard to hear and did not do nearly as much information sharing as other tours I have been on. Something about Venice that I noticed is that it is very crowded (yes, with tourists) and this can be circumvented by being able to hear the guide and follow along more easily. All-in-all a good tour, but this one was not as excellent as your other tours.