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 271 Customer Reviews

Suzanne was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and helpful!
Suzanne was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful!
The guide shared the rich history of Venice in a dynamic way and we loved every minute of the tour.

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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Suzanne was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and helpful!
Suzanne was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful!
I cannot praise our guide enough. We are in awe of her in depth knowledge of the city, it's history, and it's art. She made the tour extra special and we would recommend this tour to anyone.
The guide shared the rich history of Venice in a dynamic way and we loved every minute of the tour.
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Susan was absolutely wonderful. Her enthusiasm for the tour felt like it was her first time. Her shared knowledge made our appreciation of what we were seeing so much richer, and hence the experience that much more enjoyable. She's a first class guide - nothing but praise for her. Positive feedback left on Trip Adviser.
Hi Your walking tour hosted by the delightful Susan was a highlight in my Venice stay. She and the tour absolute fantastic
Mose' was excellent. Very knowledgeable. An excellent guide.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a very interesting tour, covering aspects that often surprised. Use of the small radios was very helpful
Great experience, excellent tour. Our guide, Francesca, really enjoyed showing off her city.
We really loved our walking tour. Sabrina was an excellent guide. very personable. Very knowledgeable. All of the supporting staff were very helpful also. Walks of Italy tours are the best tours. Thank you to your entire team!
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We had the privilege of doing two tours with Susan when we had limited visiting time in Venice. Both tours were fantastic! We loved the Venice in a Day combination of walking through the local markets and other areas and then seeing historical sights. Susan has been a resident of Venice for over 20 years and is incredibly knowledgeable -- a bonus is that she has a doctoral level degree in art history, which made the tour even more enjoyable. She was also very personable and well organized which really added to the experience. We travel often and I can't recall ever having a better guide. The tour was a great way to see in overview of Venice when one has limited time and we highly recommend it.
Great tour. So interesting to see the markets and areas where locals actually live and shop. Gondola ride was fun. St Mark's and Doge's Palace extremely informative and interesting. So much history to absorb.
Susan was brilliant. So informative and clear. Susan could tell you or answer all your questions. She was easy to follow, friendly, polite and caring. My wife wasn't feeling well and she was so caring, had such great rapour with the staff and security in the church that cared for her. A delight to have taken us around the beautiful setting of Venice. Susan gets a 10/10
Our guide was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, great personality, engaging. A perfect tour.
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Sabrina was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable. She was easy to understand.
Nice tour.
Marie-Terese is a very knowledge and entertaining guide, and we very much enjoyed the tour.
This was a great tour. Therese was an awesome guide. We have already told everyone to definitely use your company if they want to do any tours in Italy.
Nicolletta was a great tour guide. We really enjoyed her insight as a local who grew up in Venice. Her knowledge of history and architecture was well relayed, and she kept it interesting through the tour.
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Paola was very knowledgeable and answered all questions as well as gave good ideas of other areas to visit.
Very knowledgeable and professional tour guide. Great fun
Our guide was fantastic! So knowledgeable!
Fantastic tour, great guide. It was the perfect way to visit Venice with only a short amount of time.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and just wonderful! We highly recommend WALKS!
Great tour!
Knowlegable guide the tour was great
We had a great day with Nicoletta, she was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about Venice. It was a great way to see the city in the time allotted to us, however I don't think I'd recommend this particular tour for children, based on my kids, it was a lot of walking with not a lot of breaks and we discovered there are not many places to sit down in Venice!
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Overall we enjoyed the tour and it was a good experience. We do appreciate that it's also a long day for the guide and it must be tiring for her. However, there is room for improvement. Everyone in our group got to the meeting location on time and we're ready to go at the specified time. But we didn't leave until 20 minutes after the start time because we had to wait for a group of four tour guides to finish their conversation. Our tour guide never introduced herself, never even told us her name, and didn't make any pleasantries. It was a bit strange and unprofessional. She came across as a bit distant, and not very enthusiastic about her job.
We had a really wonderful day touring Venice with Susan!
Mose was excellent.
Sabrina, our guide was outstanding. It was one of the best tours we have ever taken.
Sabrina was fabulous
Very interesting tour and Sabrina was great--very knowledgeable and engaging as well as adept at navigating our group to more isolated spots where she could talk to us without noise crowd. She was an excellent guide. My only criticism would be that it is a very long tour and most of us were very tired by the end of the tour. We covered a lot of ground and did a lot of walking so this should be noted as you advertise this tour. The gondola ride was just ok-- very "touristy!"
I would spend less time on everyday life in Venice and more time on Venice historical events and prominent leaders of Venice.
Elizabeth (hopefully) I got that right was excellent!
Despite the rain and it being a long day for Venice in a Day Tour Francesca kept spirits up and had a wealth of knowledge in all the places visited well organised and interesting!
The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour and she answered all our questions clear articulate and with patients. Thank you making the experience wonderful
Sabrina was very knowledgeable and engaging. She paced the tour very comfortably and was able to respond to many questions from the group. She is a real asset to your company. I would recommend her highly.
Fabulous Tour - will recommend it to everyone I know thinking of going to Venice.
Wonderful and informative Sabrina was wonderful in every way!