Walks of Italy

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 7.5 hrs (incl. break)
  • Start Time: 8.30 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 18 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



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 18 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.


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.


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)


  • 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 18 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary


5-stars from over 424 Customer Reviews

Our guide Paola was wonderful!!!!! She had the knowledge and the charm that made our tour incredible. On our next visit to Venice we'll definitively will book another tour with Walks!!!
Susan was excellent in every way and a credit to the organization.
Francesca was wonderful.

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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Our guide Paola was wonderful!!!!! She had the knowledge and the charm that made our tour incredible. On our next visit to Venice we'll definitively will book another tour with Walks!!!
Susan was excellent in every way and a credit to the organization.
Informative and enjoyable tour! Thanks for navigating us through the rising waters Paola :)
Francesca was wonderful.
Sara was a great guide, gave us a local's perspective of Venice. She provided good historical information through the Basilica and Doge's Palace tour. Gondola Ride was kind of short, and the Gondolier was not much of a conversationalist or tour guide. Overall, we are very satisfied, and would recommend this tour.
Mose was fabulous! Knowledgeable, entertaining & fun!
Our guide was engaging, entertaining and very informative about Venice. The day flew by.
Marie-Therese was a fantastic host who made our day most inspiring. Very good sense of humour and amazing knowledge. Thanks for a great day. Cheers Mark
We thoroughly enjoyed our “Venice in a Day” tour with Susan. It was a pleasure to have the city and it’s highligh explained to us by someone so knowledgeable and made the most of our short time there. The tour was well organized as well. I was skeptical about the audio headsets but they turned out to be a good thing, allowing Susan to speak in a normal tone of voice and our group to take in all of the interesting information Susan had to impart. My husband and I were completely satisfied.
Excellent guide. Well informed
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Exceptional tour guide with a great sense of humor.
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We did 3 tours with Walks of Italy in Rome and enjoyed them so much that we decided to add one for our stay in Venice. We were not disappointed. The tour guide was fantastic and took us to all the main spots in Venice.
Manuela was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He loves being a Venetian and it shows!
Moses was a fantastic guide. I would highly recommend a tour with him anytime. He is very knowledgeable, appears to love the history, and his charisma kept our group moving throughout the whole day. I did not get tired of the content. The progression of the tour was excellent. It was nice to include the gondola ride. Moses' accent was easy to understand to us, who are americans.
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Excellent tour
Everything about the tour was awesome, Our guide Andrea was a fantastic wealth of knowledge, humor and care for our enjoyment of this day! Radios worked excellently, the timing worked well and all was appreciated. money well spent! Thank you
Recommend the tour highly. The guide was the best and we were very happy to get him as our guide. Thank you
We did three Walks of Italy tours on our week in Italy. 2 in Florence and one in Venice. Marie -Therese was by far the most knowledgeable of our guides. 5stars
Very much enjoyed Monica, she was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic
The tour was excellent. Our guide was friendly and native to Venice. The tour was insightful and gave us a good feel for current Venetian life and the history of Venice. An absolutely beautiful location. We had a wonderful experience!
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This was a great tour, super informative, and made the experience that no one should miss!!!
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The tour and Sara were both really great! Lots of facts, both history, and the modern day life, regarding Venice and Venusians which I found very interesting. Sara answered all our questions and was positive and upbeat. Kept the tour moving at a good pace. I think my only critique would be the gondola ride. I was so looking forward to it but it was a letdown and did not live up to expectations. The gondolier was very uninterested; on his phone most of the time. I came to Venice towards the end of the tour season (last week) and I'm sure they have had their fill with tourists, so I do understand how this repetitive job and dealing with the hoards of the public through high tourist season can be very draining. I did two Walks of Italy tours - one in Rome (Coliseum) and the one in Venice. Both were great. I would certainly recommend them.
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This tour was great! Our guide was informative, well educated and interesting. There was enough time to relax for lunch followed by the Gondola ride. It was fun and did not feel like too big a day!
Guide was excellent tour was well thought out and no extra steps.
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Excellent tour Sabrina was lovely very knowledgeable
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Our connection into Venice was running late, so we arrived at the meeting pace 15 minutes late; so we were very grateful that the co-ordinator was still able to join us with the tour group!
Our guide, Moses, was the best yet with WOI. It was a sightseeing tour and classroom all in one. I learned so much about Venice from him. We wish him well.
Amazing tour. We took it on our first day in Venice and it helped us navigate the city more easily the rest of our stay. Poula was am awesome tour guide. She answered all of our questions. She was so knowledgeable.
Our tour guide Alessandro Trabuca was excellent and had such passion for the community and the beauty of Venice. Although it was a lot of walking it was a great tour and an amazing one too.
One of the most informed professionally organised tours we have been on. Romy was extremely knowledgeable and the whole day was fantastic.
An excellent tour that lives up to its reputation. We couldn’t have had a better guide than Mose. Absolutely recommend this for anyone visiting Venice no matter how much time they have
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Susan. This was our first day in Venice and it was the perfect way to get a feel for the city. Susan was very informative, giving us facts and stories as we went along. We really felt like we had a good understanding of the areas that we visited. I would highly recommend her.
excellent tour and knowledgeable guide
The tour was great!! I totally recommend it.
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Pam was an exceptional guide. I cannot speak highly enough of her. She was prompt, informative, caring and gave details of our tour with a sense of humor, authority and professionalism. I am very impressed with your company—we had a wonderful tour of the Sistine chapel and Vatican in Rome as well on September 8, I believe. I don’t remembefr our guide’s name, but she was marvelous, in the same way thaat Pam was. Thank you for not disaapointing us!!
Great guide - would recommend her highly