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 352 Customer Reviews

Excellent tour with a super enthousiastic tour guide. We could mot have asked for more. He was very knowledgable and always open to answer any question.
Our guide was very knowledgable and happy to answer any queries.
I would recommend passing out water and providing restroom facilities. It was horribly hot and we had to pay $2 Euros for a glass of water just to use a gross restroom.

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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Romi was fantastic. Personable, extremely knowledgeable and respectful of the needs of the group. She is passionate about Venice and her love of the city was contagious. Gondola ride was mediocre.
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Excellent tour with a super enthousiastic tour guide. We could mot have asked for more. He was very knowledgable and always open to answer any question.
Our guide was very knowledgable and happy to answer any queries.
Guide was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable about Venice. The morning part of the tour was excellent. The afternoon was the basilica and palace- too crowded and too hot at 30 degrees to enjoy.
I would recommend passing out water and providing restroom facilities. It was horribly hot and we had to pay $2 Euros for a glass of water just to use a gross restroom.
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Guide was brilliant with so much knowledge to share but sadly not enough time.
I enjoyed the history but I would have preferred to see more, like a few churches etc.
Excellent. My wife and I enjoy the tour. The guide is very good but I can’t remeber her name! I know she is from Venice.
This was the 2nd of 3 tours with did with your organization. The others were in Rome and Paris. We very much enjoyed our tours.
Moses is an intelligent and entertaining guide and we so enjoyed all we learned from him! This was our fourth Walks tour and we highly recommend them.
Great service and Francesca was very skilled, polite and professional guide. One of the best ever. Thanks
We are very happy with our tour, the timing was just right, the route was interesting, the components within the tour were just right, i.e. the walk to the Rialto Bridge, the market, the gondola ride, and the visits to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. It was a fruitful day for us to have seen and heard so many things. Marie made everything so interesting, we love her stories. She was very warm and down to earth.
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We LOVED our tour guide, Matte!!! He was amazing!!!
Amazing tour and Amazing Guide!!! A must do tour if in Venice!!
Andreas was good and we enjoyed our tour with him. It would be wonderful to be cognizant of moving the group to the shade and then talking, staying more on topic with key facts versus extemporaneous stories or personal view of the Bible story and including short bathroom breaks. He is very knowledgeable, moves in time and answers questions, just not always thoroughly.
Paola was an excellent guide! So intelligent and personable. We loved this tour, and all of the 6 tours we did with Walks this week all over Italy. Definitely recommend this company to all.
We had an absolutely wonderful tour with Andrea. He is so passionate about Venice and provided so much interesting information on history, architecture, culture and daily life for Venetians. It was among the best walking tours we have ever experienced!!
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The guide had a good sense of hmor and did a good job !
Guide was great! Long day but enjoyable.
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I am in love with Venice! The walk was fantastic and Emanuel’s love and passion for his city shone through with an amazing history lesson as well... his suggestions for things to do later in the day/evenings were spot on too...
Wow! Matteo was FANTASTIC! The whole tour was great, Matteo clearly has a passion for the topic and covered so much information for the tour group it was amazing. He explained the history of the area, and managed the small group very well. The organisation of the tour was brilliant, 100% satisfied with it from to to bottom. Big thumbs up to Matteo, what an excellent guide!
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Matteo was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable about the city and specific sites we visited. He provided general information about each site, combined with interesting stories about real people (of the historic time period) and current day events relating to each site.
Andrea was an excellent guide!
Marie-Terese did a fantastic job in keeping my daughters ages 17 and 19 entertained as well as both my husband and me. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. We enjoyed the day immensely.
It was a very informative tour and our tour guide, Carmella, seemed very knowledgeable. The amount of time spent at each location was reasonable. I would have preferred more time walking around Venice though, even if that cut down on the time spent in the Doge's palace. Over all a very good introduction to Venice that didn't feel rushed. The guide constantly called out things we could explore on our own later - which was precisely my expectation in starting my visit to Venice with such a walking tour. Thank you!
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.