Venice Walking tours

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Venice: Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

1. Venice: Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

2. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

St. Mark's Basilica: Tour with Terrace Access

3. St. Mark's Basilica: Tour with Terrace Access

Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s golden interiors and Byzantine art before heading up to the terraces to admire panoramic views of Venice.  After meeting your guide, step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks with the help of your guide's knowledge. Witness the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you explore the basilica, listen as your guide tells you the fascinating history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning views of the lively St. Mark’s Square — the former political and religious center of the Republic of Venice — and its surrounding monuments.

Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

4. Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Meet your expert guide at St. Mark’s Square and start delving into the origins of Venice. See the most renowned public space in the city and find out its historical, social, and political importance. Learn about the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions. Continue to the Basilica of St.Mark and enter the cathedral with pre-reserved tickets. Savor its amazing sheer size and the fascinating golden mosaics. Learn about its opulent design and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Bask in all the exotic elements of Venetian Renaissance Art. Listen to the story of the life-size horses of St Mark’s Basilica, and have all your questions answered. Follow your guide through Doge’s Palace at a relaxed pace. Acquaint yourself with the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges in the palace’s Gothic architecture. Learn about the 14th-century sculptors that worked on the palace. Enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark. Continue to the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built, and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice. Listen to the extraordinary story of the famous Casanova and his life in Venice. Choose a small group with local tour guides to tell you the stories behind these top attractions. Meanwhile, pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.

Create Your Glass Artwork: Private Lesson With Local Artisan

5. Create Your Glass Artwork: Private Lesson With Local Artisan

A private class with a famous Venetian craftsman who will help you to create your personal piece of glass using the old Murano techniques. The master artisan will follow you, step by step, during the entire activity allowing you to realize personally a unique and inimitable glass object, and, at the same time, you will listen to the history and secrets of the Venetian art, superbly told by the artist. An amazing experience where you will discover the ancient processing methods of the glass making. The most famos art of Venice, worldwide known as a synonym of beauty. At the end of the demonstration you can bring home your creation as a special souvenir. Get a 10% discount on the glass artworks in the shop.

Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

6. Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

Join a unique evening walking tour and learn about the famous ghost and legends of Venice with a local guide. Discover the ghostly Castello and Cannaregio districts and uncover the city’s secrets and mysteries. Experience a tour that covers areas of Venice after dark that you might otherwise not have the courage to visit. See places that have been the scene of unexplained events and mysterious apparitions. Be led by your guide and explore hidden and supernatural corners of the city. Walkthrough the winding streets and eerie squares of Cannaregio and Castello districts. Listen for ghostly sounds coming outside the Malibran Theater. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. Visit an underground crypt that has been forgotten for years illuminated by the light of a candle. Hear some scary tales of more recent times that will keep you alert during your walk.

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

7. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

8. Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

Explore the narrow alleyways of Venice and learn about the city's darkest secrets on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Choose to add an optional tranquil gondola ride through the canals of Venice after your walking tour. Listen to captivating commentary about the Prisons' Palace in St. Mark's Square, and learn about the Lords of Night — the fearsome police of the Serenissima Republic, infamous for torturing their prisoners. Learn about Casanova's secrets and discover treasures stolen from Constantinople. Unveil the mysteries of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Go back in time with a mobile app that shows you a reconstruction of Venice from the 11th to 17th centuries. Discover Campo San Beneto and admire Palazzo Fortuny, one of the largest palaces in Venice in the Gothic style. Choose an optional gondola ride and discover canals of Venice. See highlights, including the Mozart House and the Grand Canal.Choose an optional gondola ride and discover the canals of Venice. During your gondola ride, admire Venice's highlights, such as the Mozart House, Fenice Opera House, the Grand Canal, and more. End your tour at Piazza San Marco

Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

9. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

Venice: City Walking Tour

10. Venice: City Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

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based on 13,802 reviews

To be up front, I was not all into a ‘street food’ tour of Venice, thinking we always look for the hole in the wall restaurants down alleys in most of our vaca’s but my wife booked so I was in. And so thankful I was! Anna gave so much back history of the foods of Venice, the 'why' to order, drinks and the 5 tastings were so varied, plus a tour of the Rialto Market. Was intimate as well, only 6 couples. Highly recommend this, 10 stars easy.

Our guide was incredible! She was so knowledgeable, kind, and informative and we had so much great food. Awesome value - absolutely book this tour if you love finding the best local food!

Giorgio was engaging knowledgeable, and a pleasure to spend my time in Venice with. I am so happy he was my guide through Venice! Excellent experience!❤

It was a very nice tour through both buildings. The guide made it fun and interesting.

Good information about the history of the Jewish people and Venice Great tour guide!