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Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

1. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

Venice & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

2. Venice & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

Relax on a boat with large windows and open spaces, for your hop-on hop-off tours of Venice. Take the tour all in one go to get a good first overview of Venice, or stop off on the way where and for how long it suits you best From Santa Lucia Central Station, the boat will lead you to the very heart of Venice: the treasures of St. Mark's Square, and the island of Murano, where you will witness the art of glass-making. From Murano, head towards the islands of Burano, famous for its bright coloured houses and lace production, and Torcello, a little oasis of quiet in the middle of the lagoon. You can also go to Punta Sabbioni, or simply return to Santa Lucia Station, with one stop only at Zattere by the Canale della Giudecca, where you can learn the art of gondola-making. Download the 5 audio-guides with 7 different itineraries on/off board, to make the most of your visit. You can download audio-guides for free through our app. Off-line mode is also available.

Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

3. Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through the canals of Venice on a panoramic vessel and witness the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure boarding your comfortable panoramic boat as you set-off from St. Mark's. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Be sure to stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and be sure to try some of the local biscotti that is native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1 hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1 hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambience of the Venetian lagoon.

Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

4. Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

Discover the origins and history of the most famous sparkling Italian wine, Prosecco, on this full-day tour. Meet your wine expert guide in Piazzale Roma, close to the historical center of Venice, and enjoy the drive towards region where prosecco is produced in a comfortable van. During your trip, you will pass by the original region of prosecco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a complex of small towns and expanses of vineyards. Visit 2 traditional wineries to learn all the secrets of Prosecco production and have 2 wine tasting sessions. First, stop at a family-run winery for a guided tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a tasting session paired with a light lunch with local products like cheese, salami, bread, and seasonal vegetables. After lunch with a view, head to the second winery to meet the winemaker for a guided tour of the production. Learn more about the Charmat method and a second wine tasting session. At the end of this trip to the magical world of Prosecco land, return to the starting point.

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

5. 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: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

6. Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Venice: Local Secrets of Venice Tapas & Wine Walking Tour

7. 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!

Create Your Glass Artwork: Private Lesson With Local Artisan

8. 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: Private Local Foodie Food Tour

9. Venice: Private Local Foodie Food Tour

Follow your local foodie guide to some of the best bacari, or wine bars, in Venice. After sampling your choice of local wine, an Aperol spritz, or Campari, get ready to taste your way through the city. Try traditional Venetian crustless sandwiches, or tramezzini, with ham and mushrooms at Rosa Salva, a pasticceria open since 1867 just a stone’s throw away from the Piazza San Marco. Keep walking towards an old fish market where you can try creamed codfish or marinated sardines. Make sure your belt is loosened for a must-try foodie haven hidden away just a few steps from the Rialto bridge. Indulge in everything from polenta bianca to fried seafood and pasta with squid ink.

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

10. Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Venice on a private walking tour, customized so you see and do exactly what you want on your vacation. Follow your local guide, learning the ins and outs of the city, and leave feeling almost like a local yourself, filled with practical and interesting knowledge. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on your walking tour to explore this charming city. Follow your guide's steps and listen to their tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying to get a real feel for the land. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. Let your guide know some of the iconic landmarks you wish to visit, and learn about what else you can see once your tour is over. Feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

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What people are saying about Venice

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based on 1,856 reviews

We loved this tour. The drive through Prosecco valley was so beautiful and the wineries were awesome. Both hosts were wonderful and explained their wineries to us and had great spreads of food to go with the Prosecco. Definite would recommend!

Great value boat trip to some beautiful islands around Venice. The only thing that marred it was people returning late at the last stop which meant we had to walk fast to he able to catch our onward ferry. Would highly recommend the trip.

It was a great six hours, wish it had been longer, so many beautiful places to see! They did a great job and it was fun meeting so many people from around the world! Thank you!

Great tour with Lara! Fun and interactive. Would definitely recommend

Absolutely fantastic! Federico was such an amazing tour guide