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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

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

GET TO THE HEART OF VENICE IN 3 HOURS

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.

SKIP LONG LINES AT ST. MARK’S BASILICA

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.

ENJOY A 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

  • 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

Included

  • 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

Reviews

5-stars from over 511 Customer Reviews

great tour and very imformative. Thanks.
Sabrina is good. The tour was just as advertised.
Very interesting tour. Introduced places to us that inspired us to back and spend a little more time. Thank you!

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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great tour and very imformative. Thanks.
Sabrina is good. The tour was just as advertised.
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Our guide Alejandro was great. His passion and knowledge of Venice was exactly what we were hoping for. He guided us through the crowded city with such ease while explaining and showing us the sights and beauty of all Venice had to offer. Not once did we feel shorted due to the steamy weather. He tried to keep us in the shade as much as possible and did not end the tour early. At the end, we were left for out gondola ride with the tour organizer. I was under the impression that just my family would be on the gondola since the information on the website did not state that you would be with others. This upset me so I brought it up with the organizer and after a couple of phone calls she did make sure that just my family was on the gondola alone. This was great customer service on the part of the tour company. Being in Venice for the first time, we did not want our gondola ride to be shared. Just make sure you know this when you book. Thank you again Walks of Italy for making our tour great!
Very interesting tour. Introduced places to us that inspired us to back and spend a little more time. Thank you!
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What a wonderful tour! We learned so much about Venice! Our guide was awesome! He even stopped to take some pics of us by the bridge. He has so much knowledge and we loved his enthusiasm!
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Sarah was GREAT!
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Paola was a fantastic tour guide and gave us a great walking tour through Venice providing history of the city. There was a bit of a problem entering St. Mark's Basilica for our group, but she quickly got it sorted out and we had a nice tour of the impressive Basilica. The gondola was the icing on the cake after a delightful day. I wouldn't hesitate to take another Walk of Italy Tour in the future.
Hope I get email to review tour in Venice today. Loved Sarah! 4th generation Venetian. Awesome. Great walk through Venice!
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and his personality made it thourghly enjoyable. Thank you.
Our tour guide was so interesting and knowledgeable of the area of Venice. We really enjoyed our day tour of the city and seeing all the sites and information she shared with us. We were very pleased with our experience!
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Matteo was great! Very informative!
We enjoyed the tour - she was straightforward and patient.
Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about Venice. We strolled leisurely in the beginning but then felt very rushed as we toured through S. Marco. Our gondolier rushed through the ride, passing other gondolas in an effort to get us back as quickly as possible. All in all a good tour that could maybe be a half hour longer so that the experience of S.Marco can be fully appreciated.
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Our tour guide was wonderful! She started out the tour giving us tips about getting around Venice. The tour was very informative an fun. She was great. Highly recommend. Perfect length of tour and we learned a lot.
This walking tour and gondola ride was an excellent start to our time in Venice. It was just the right amount of history and points of interest, before setting out on our own to explore the city. Along the way, our guide pointed out local (non-touristy) places for cappuccino, eating, and shopping, which we went back and tried later, and we were very happy with her recommendations. And when you consider the price of a gondola ride and the skip-the-line entrance to St. Marks, this tour is an excellent value! We highly recommend it!
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Our guide, Mattio, was superb. It was truly the look beyond typical tourist sightseeing we were hoping for. Highly recommend!!
Our guide was wonderful, he was a true Venetian with great knowledge of the city and lots of local tips/information. He was enthusiastic and funny- overall a wonderful tour!
Great knowledgeable tour guide. Donatella also was sure to interact with the young children in the group, keeping them more engaged. We learned a lot!!
Sabrina did a fantastic job, organizing our group and making sure everyone was engaged. She shared many interesting facts about Venice and was clearly proud of her beautiful city. Thank you!
Great tour and our tour guide was most knowledgable. She was so natural and I could tell that she really loved her city and how it seems to hold a special place in her heart. Thanks so much for a great experience!
Our guide was wonderful and the tour such fun and so interesting! I did find it confusing at the switch over to the gondola ride, though. No one told us who was "in charge" after the guide left and while we waited, nor gave us much information on how long the wait would be, so it was difficult to even know who to ask. Other than that, wonderful!!
Our guide, Donatella, was incredibly knowledgeable and very willing to share the magic of Venice with us. The gondola ride was a great way to cap off the tour. Overall, this was a great experience.
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This was our second Walk of Italy tour and once again completely satisfied. So sorry we didn't use you guys in our first stop. Matteo was wonderful-loved his passion. It was evident that he loved his city and was willing to share it. The hours spent on this tour were the favorite hours of my time in Venice.
Grazzie :)
Was recommended by a friend in Rome who has used company for a couple of years. Very satisfied and tour guide was very engaging considering we also had a 6 & 8 year old along. Would definitely recommend.
Mattia was wonderful. He gave us a lot of history and tips, but the best part was him telling us about his personal experience living in Venice, with his family and about everyday life there. Great guide.
Our guide was very knowledgable and responsive to our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
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Excellent and very informative ....Grazie Mille
Very nice tour. A lot of information and the gondola ride was very nice.
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Elisabetta was excellent. I loved that she is a local resident and gave us information about the culture of Venice we could not possibly get elsewhere. Brava Elisabetta!!!
A very good o review of Venice. It’s culture. It’s history. It’s dsily life.
Laura was an excellent guide. Very much enjoyed the tour, even in the rain!
We really enjoyed our Venice tour, it was a really fun day!
The guide was great and really nice. Her accent was a little tough at times, but for the most part I could understand her :)
Our guide was superb and the gondola ride finished off perfectly what was an enjoyable and very informative walk
Great to see Venice through a Venetians eyes - boundless enthusiasm!