Walks of Italy

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 7.5 hrs (incl. break)
  • Start Time: 9 AM

Tour Highlights

  • Just have a short time in the Floating City? Then this is the Venice tour for you, with skip the line access to top attractions, an intimate Venice city stroll and a gondola ride!

  • Enjoy skip the line access tours of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace; explore quieter neighborhoods and markets on our intimate walking tour; and experience that iconic Venice moment – a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and quiet side canals!

  • Throughout our Venice tours you’ll travel in groups of only 12 people or fewer, with expert local tour guides on hand to tell you the stories behind top attractions and hidden palaces. Meanwhile, pre-reserved skip the line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.
The Grand Canal, Venice The Rialto Bridge Our Venice walking tour Rialto Market Visiting Rialto Fish Market Fresh produce at the Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Get off the beaten path, Venice in a Day Exploring quiet neighborhoods Canals of Venice Venice gondolas in quiet canals Gondola ride on the Grand Canal Gondola ride on the Grand Canal Enjoy a Venice gondola ride Enjoy a Venice gondola ride St. Mark's Square, Venice St. Mark's Basilica tour Inside St. Mark's Basilica The horses of St. Mark's Basilica Stunning mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica Special access to the first-floor Basilica terrace View from the terrace over St. Mark's Square View from the terrace: Doge's Palace The Doge's Palace Small groups make for an engaging tour Paintings inside the Doge's Palace Paintings inside the Doge's Palace Paintings inside the Doge's Palace Tour the Doge's Palace New Prisons Prison cells in the 16th century New Prisons Prison cells in the 16th century New Prisons Prison cells in the 16th century New Prisons The Bridge of Sighs, on our Venice In A Day Tour

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

EXPLORE THE HIDDEN BEAUTY AND FASCINATING HISTORY OF VENICE ON OUR SMALL GROUP WALKING TOUR

Your day starts as all great days in Venice do; with a stroll through the quiet back streets and bustling markets of the city. You’ll meet one of our expert local tour guides and max 12 other people for an intimate walking tour of the city.

Starting early, we get to the Rialto Bridge before the crowds descend, to admire its incredible marble architecture before moving on to the bustling Rialto market. The chefs and Mamas of the city are shopping for dinner around this time, so what better time for a stroll through the stalls, with your guide explaining what each strange fish or vegetable is and how (and why) Venetian cuisine differs from the rest of Italy’s. Throughout your Venice tour they’ll give you tips on what to eat and where while you’re in town.

Our walking tour continues into the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city, across countless bridges and quiet piazzas. Along the way you’ll see the childhood home of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who first told of China; duck inside San Giovanni Gristosomo to see paintings by Venetian masters Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo; and discover how the “Church of Miracles” got its name – plus so much more!

Our walking tour consciously veers away from the beaten track, taking you to our favorite local spots; so you get a taste of the real Venice, as well as the big name attractions.

ENJOY A GONDOLA RIDE ALONG THE GRAND CANAL AND QUIETER BACK CANALS OF VENICE

We couldn’t say we were covering the best of Venice in a day if we didn’t include a gondola ride. After your walking tour you’ll meet a local Venetian gondolier and your group will be split into different gondolas (max 6 people per gondola) for a ride along the Grand Canal and into the quieter back canals of the city. Duck under little bridges, admire ornate palaces and watch the world go by as you sit back and enjoy that quintessential Venetian moment.

With independent Venice gondola rides costing around €80/hour, this half-hour ride, included in the price of your tour, is a bargain.

DISCOVER THE TOP TWO SIGHTS OF VENICE – ST. MARK’S BASILICA & THE DOGE’S PALACE – ON OUR SKIP THE LINE TOURS

We’ll give you a break for lunch after your gondola ride and meet back at St. Mark’s Square for the next part of our adventure. With pre-reserved tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica, we’ll save time wasted in long ticket lines. Inside, your guide will point out the features of this incredible church, explaining how its east-meets-west architecture came about; the shady means by which the relics of St. Mark came to rest here; and the details in the beautiful gold mosaics on the roof.

Our day doesn’t end there though. With pre-reserved skip the line tickets to the Doge’s Palace, we’ll walk straight inside. It’s here that you’ll feel the most benefit for having a local tour guide. Home to some of the city’s most impressive artworks and architecture, Palazzo Ducale is so much more than something pretty to look at. Although it certainly is that, it’s also the historic heart of Venice; a repository for the best stories, from Casanova’s prison break to the Duke whose face was blacked out of every portrait and painting.

With our expert guides on hand to tell you the juicy details, plus small groups so you can ask all the questions you want, your Doge’s Palace tour is guaranteed to be an unexpected highlight of your Venice visit.

Sites visited

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market (closed on Mondays)
  • Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
  • 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)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Doge's Palace (general access rooms)
  • Bridge of Sighs (inside)
  • New Prisons (inside)

Included

  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary

Reviews

5-stars from over 320 Customer Reviews

Outstanding! Tour and guide were both amazing!
Venice was magical (and hot and humid!). Nobody could do anything about the weather but the tour was very nicely done. The gondola ride was a treat! As usual with all of our other Walk tours, our guide, Poala was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and provided great insight.
It was great!

Important information

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

The guide will not be with you on the gondola ride or during the lunch break. Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for your afternoon tour.

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.

This tour runs rain or shine.

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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Outstanding! Tour and guide were both amazing!
Venice was magical (and hot and humid!). Nobody could do anything about the weather but the tour was very nicely done. The gondola ride was a treat! As usual with all of our other Walk tours, our guide, Poala was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and provided great insight.
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It was great!
Moses was AMAZING. Very upbeat, informative, caring, and engaging. Able to answer all questions and assist in non-tour inqueries as well (i.e., how to get home, where great food spots were, etc). He made sure to include everyone in our group. I learned a lot about Venice, things I wouldn't have even known if I had ventured on my own. I'll always remember Moses when I think of Venice.
Marie-Therese was wonderful! She had so much knowledge about Venice and its history and showed great energy and stamina for the long 2-part tour. She also gave us a great suggestion to book a time slot on the terrace rooftop of the Tedeschi building. What a perfect way to see the best of Venice in just one day!!
Absolutely Wonderful!
Very informative, entertaining, Moses was a great tour guide!!
My train to Venice arrived late and I called the emergency service line but was left on hold for over 30 minutes. Thankfully, we found a guide from Walks who helped us and the personnel from the office even went out of their way to help us find a guide doing the same tour. Martina is AMAZING!!!! She is very knowledgeable and charismatic. Even when the group more than doubled in the afternoon section, she went above and beyond to, not only accommodate them but even got them the gondola ride they had missed in the morning.
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Francesca was WONDERFUL!!!! She was so knowledgeable and friendly!
This is the 3rd tour we’ve taken with Walks of Italy and we’re always impresses.
Fantastic guide Everything was great except there was a hold up with the Gondola guides. I think it was just that day, but we had to wait a while to find him (Gondola manager) or something, so there was some confusion, but it worked out. Very good tour
Great tour giving us a better understanding of the city's history and future. Although it's obligatory in Venice, we found the gondola ride disappointing. With 6 "Walks" guests crammed together in the gondola, my husband and I were seated awkwardly and it took away from the experience. Otherwise, we were very happy!
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This tour was amazing. It was definitely an all-day experience, but I came away from the tour understanding why Venice is such an important city. Our guide (Matteo) was excellent.
We really enjoyed Mose’s tour!!! We are a family of four (with two teenagers). All four of us really enjoyed him and frankly we’ll all remember him as our favorite guide of our vacation! He was knowledgeable and clearly passionate about history. He brought a wonderful perspective to the walking tour, as well as the tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We thoroughly enjoyed our day! We have used Walks of Italy 3 times now on three different trips- we always are pleased! You guys do it right!
Absolutely loved our guide and tour. Well worth every penny.
Love, love, love Marie-Therese! She is a very down to earth, kind, respectful lady who lead us on an enchanting tour of the beautiful city of Venice! I learned a lot about the beautiful city of Venice from her tour and enjoyed every minute of it! I will be back to Venice and only hope to see Marie-Therese again! Thank you so much Marie-Therese for adding to our beautiful memories of Venice!
Enanuele was a fantastic guide on our full day tour of Venice!!! He took us to many different points of interest in the Venice neighborhoods, sharing much wonderful information about each site! We ended our morning with wonderful rides in the gondolas which took us from the small canals to the Grand Canal and back! Then we had a break for lunch and met for an afternoon of visiting St Mark’s Square, the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs to the prison. Emanuele was an excellent guide and made the day fun and interesting!
Moses was amazing guide. We loved his historical, political and religious explanations.
Thanks for the informative tour. Nicotte is very knowledgeable and has brought out important events and practices of the Venetizians.
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Staff very personable and proffesonal.
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Loved Venice, our tour and our guide. He was FABULOUS! Thank you for offering these tours.
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Matteo was excellent and very knowledgeable.
Chiara was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. She seemed to know every detail about the places we visited over 7.5 hours. We most enjoyed the Doge's Palace and St. Marks. I believe for future events it would be better to open with those if possible as we were already a little tired when it came to that most important part of the day. Still, I cannot say enough positive things about Chiara in both her sense of humor and knowledge and kindness.
Mose is fantastic! Great tour all around.
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Martiia was personable and humorous and knowledgeable. We quite enjoyed him.
Matt was a great tour guide. His love and knowledge of Venice is amazing. He was always making sure to include everyone and answer questions.
I really enjoyed the tour which was lead superbly by Mattia. My only criticism would be that it was too long in length. With all the standing over a few hours , it started to become a bit fatiguing in the last hour.
Tour was great .. Marie made it even better with her personal touch & helpful ness... & little stores.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.. enjoyed it very much!!
We had a fantastic time on our tour. We only had one day in Venice and the tour was completely worth it! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the day interesting and enjoyable. Would definitely do it again. Many Thanks!
On our recent trip we booked three tours through your company, Walks of Italy. As well as several tours during our cruise. And our tour with Matt was by far the very best of all the tours we took during our trip!! I cannot say enough positive things about him!! We were very pleased
Matt is superb; great passion is shown, as well as knowledge. One never feels that he has done this 500 times before and is on automatic pilot.
We had only 8 people in our group which made for a nice size. The gondola ride was wonderful. Our guide, Francesca, was a great story teller - in St. Mark's Square and Doge Palace.
Susan was tremendous! Great tour!
Maria-Theresa was a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour very personal. She was very agreeable to most things we suggested and willingly answered all our questions. The only criticism I would have is the end of the tour. It would have been nicer if we had ended our tour closer to where we started. Venice is a little intimidating to first time visitors. Marie-Theresa did help us by telling us where we could get transportation back to the buses. Overall an excellent tour and one I would recommend to others.
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Our guide Marie-Therese was absolutely fantastic.
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We loved our tour and Matteo was so very informative and interesting. He did a wonderful job!
Paulina was incredible! Positive, supportive, informative, patient- she was everything you would ask for in a guide. Please give her a raise, she made history come alive for my little ones. We took 3 tours in Paris and Italy on pur spring break trip, 2 with Walks of Italy and one with City Tours (because you were sold out for the Colloseum that day). We wish we had you for all 3! Thank you for hiring engaging locals with great English skills and attitudes. Again, please give Paulina a raise! Sincerely, The Adams Family