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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

2. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: 4.5-Hour Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

3. Venice: 4.5-Hour Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Enjoy a half-day excursion from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano in the Venetian lagoon. Your tour starts out from St. Mark's Square, where you’ll board a boat that will take you to the northern part of the lagoon. During the crossing, some commentary about the area will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Murano Island is the first stop, a place that’s world-famous for its glass production. You’ll have a chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a work of art in glass. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore the island and take in the picturesque views. Next stop is Burano, one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the lagoon. Burano is well known for its colorful houses and long tradition of lace production. You’ll have enough free time here for a walk around the island to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, before the boat returns to Venice.

Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

4. Saint Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Guide

Save time during your visit to Venice with a skip-the-line ticket to the popular St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire the hundreds of golden mosaics in the Basilica and learn details about the byzantine art inside with your audio guide. Download your audio guide to your mobile device and head to St. Mark’s Basilica to begin your tour. Breeze past the long lines and put in your headphones. Explore the five-domes and an array of artworks. Hear legends and stories surrounding this church which has stood for almost a 1,000 years.  Witness the dazzling effect of the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in the church. Take in the stunning marble inlay work on the floors. Soak up the atmosphere in the building that dominates St. Mark’s Square. 

Venice: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

5. Venice: Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church

It was in the spacious choir inside the church of Santa Maria della Visitazione, also known as Chiesa della Pietà, that the Daughters of the Choro used to perform, hidden from sight behind high screens . They were young foundling girls , who were taught music and belcanto by celebrated musicians of the time such as Francesco Gasparini, but mostly by Antonio Vivaldi . They became themselves virtuoso musicians , renowned for their art all over Europe. Antonio Vivaldi worked here as a violin teacher starting from 1703 and later on as a concert master as well as teacher of the Daughters of the Choro. These young foundling girls, whose identitity was kept mysterious being hidden from sight throughout their performances, had been abandoned as newborn babies in the so called scafetta , that is where newborn foundlings were left by their anonymous mothers at the Ospedale della Pieta’ . The young girls they were taught music and belcanto according to their talents. In this very church Antonio Vivaldi spent forty years of his life and composed his magnificent works , such as the collection of 12 violin concertos Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Invenzione , which includes his masterpiece Le Quattro Stagioni . And again it is this very church that captures the listener with the inspired performances of the I Virtuosi Italiani, where you can sense the reaping of the wheat , the grape harvest, the summer storms, the snow falling in winter , the warm fall colours and the bright blossoming of flowers in springtime. Vivaldi is Venice itself : the Chiesa della Pietà treasures his genius as well as the fascination of his personality and music .

Venice: Local Secrets of Venice Tapas & Wine Walking Tour

6. Venice: Local Secrets of Venice Tapas & Wine Walking Tour

The tour duration will be 2 hours and you will enjoy a variety of 6 cichetti and 3 wines! Meet with your local guide at the first traditional bar (bacaro). Here you will taste two traditional cichetti and one wine of your choice (red, white or prosecco). Your guide will explain the unique combination of ingredients as well as the delicious wine you are tasting. You will then make your way through the hidden alleyways, over the bridges and alongside the beautiful canals to discover the real Venice off the tourist track as you make your way to the second bacaro. Along the way your guide will tell you some interesting and fun stories about Venice that only a local knows! You will enjoy (and learn about) more cichetti and wine at another 2 bacari (3 bacari in total) and as we make our way between each bacaro, your knowledgeable local guide will reveal more secrets about this amazing floating City! The tour vibe will be very friendly and enthusiastic, but most importantly we will make sure you will get the most out of the history of the city and, of course, of the food and wine culture! Join us and see what over 2,000 past happy Guests have experienced! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pula: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

7. Pula: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea, and spend the day in Venice at your own pace on a full-day excursion from Pula. Upon arrival, experience the romantic and historic ambiance of a city, where 118 islands and 150 channels are connected by 400 bridges! During the Venice introduction (on the boat), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.  Board your boat in Pula at 07:00 for an 07:30 departure. Then, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants (own expense) as you set sail. Glide into the lagoon for an estimated arrival time in Venice of 11:00. Then disappear down the back streets to encounter romantic bridges and hidden squares at your own pace. Marvel at the Byzantine monuments of the Piazza San Marco, or enjoy a truly authentic experience and explore the canals by gondola. Find a nice restaurant to sample the delicious food of Italy. Depart for Pula at 17:30 at the end of your day in Venice, and get a last look at the city built on water as you head back towards Croatia. Arrive back in Pula at approximately 21:00, and continue with your evening at leisure.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

See a side of Venice that is missed by most visitors on this walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto around the Cannaregio district.  Join a small-group tour on a leisurely stroll to see such landmarks as the Deportation Memorial which has stories to deepen your understanding of Venice’s Jewish history. Start your Jewish Ghetto tour at the Cannaregio district, now a fascinating residential area in the northern part of the city. Learn about the historic Jewish influence the minute you enter this area as you see yellow signs in Hebrew and Italian directing you to the Synagogue.  This charming area is teeming with artisan workshops, galleries, shops, and delis and is best explored at a leisurely pace. Cross the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) which belies its name as it was founded as a fortified island in 1516. Hear how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated.  The resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high. Walk past the Deportation Memorial, the Levantine Synagogue, and the Jewish Museum of Venice on this captivating Jewish Ghetto Venice Tour.  One of the most significant highlights of your Jewish Ghetto Venice tour is a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice never get to see. Learn how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” Although only a small percentage of the present-day residents are Jewish, the district is awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants, and handicraft stores. This hidden niche of cultural life in Venice comes vividly to life as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice.

Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

Start the gondola ride from Bacino Orseolo located behind St. Mark's. Float through the beautiful canals of Rio dei Barcaroli and Rio dell’Ovo until you reach the Grand Canal. From the Grand Canal, admire the magnificence of the Rialto Bridge and important buildings such as Ca’ Farsetti, the head office of the city hall. See Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal. Continue the journey along the Rio San Luca where you can see Palazzo Manin, the residence of the last doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin, now home to the Bank of Italy.

La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

10. La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Make your stay in Venice memorable by visiting the La Fenice Opera House. Even if you don't have the time to watch a performance, use this skip-the-line ticket to admire its sensational avant-garde design. Choose an audio guide in 7 different languages, and explore the secrets of the theatre. Discover the history of the building from its origins to the present day. The most important premiers of international opera take place at the La Fenice, staging more than one hundred opera performances per year.

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What people are saying about Venice

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based on 15,659 reviews

The crossing and the program are very well organized and given the temperatures, we were grateful to be guided a bit. There were no significant delays or anything like that and all 3 guides from the Kompas team acted very professionally, always provided information in several languages, steered with a lot of friendliness, quickly grouped us before the boat trips and thus brought us a good deal closer to Venice. Great, that's how we imagined it. Thank you Team Kompas for a great day

It was great to skip the line and be able to access any time. Palace was very cool to walk through and hits most of the Venice attractions. It was nice to go at your own pace. I think that the price is probably more than what you would pay at the door though.

Niko was very knowledgeable and personable as well. His love and passion for the history of art was impressive. Would love another tour with Niko.

great experience and value for money, one way system makes sure you see everything the palace has to offer, skip the que worth it

It's very easy to find the meeting point...and great to have the skip the line options...