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Venice: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

1. Venice: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

Eat your way around Venice on a 2.5-hour tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and get views of the historical monuments and attractions along the way. Begin in the San Marco district and stroll to the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Visit 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: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

2. Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

Dive into Dorsoduro, Venice's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out local points of interest such as Palazzo Zenobio degli Armeni and San Giorgio Island. Admire local street ar and spot some hidden architectural gems. See and learn about the lesser-known areas of Venice. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Venice: Private Accademia Gallery and Dorsoduro Tour

3. Venice: Private Accademia Gallery and Dorsoduro Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Accademia Galleries where your guide will take you to see the extraordinary collection of Venetian paintings created between the 14th and 18th-centuries by great masters of European painting. Admire works from the the Byzantine to the Gothic period. See the work of Renaissance artists such as Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto, and Carpaccio, and the 17th-century landscape artists of Longhi, Canaletto, and Guardi. If you're lucky, see Leonardo da Vinci's famous pencil drawing of the Vitruvian Man. Because of its inestimable value, the work is exhibited to the public only on rare occasions. At the end of your museum tour, walk around the university and artistic district of Dorsoduro. See popular sights such as Campo Santa Margherita, Fondamenta Zattere, and Campo San Barnaba.

Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

4. Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

Discover all the six Sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice and satisfy your sweet tooth on this tasty tour. Walk over dozens of picturesque bridges powered by espresso, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu. Stop in local bakeries and taste top quality pastries in historical cafés featuring ornate baroque mirrors. Be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits and try fresh Italian espresso.

Venice: Small Group Wine Tasting and Food Tour with a Local

5. Venice: Small Group Wine Tasting and Food Tour with a Local

Explore the alleys of the Dorsoduro district on a small group walking tour. Sample the delicious foods and wines Venice has to offer as you learn about the culture, history, and daily life of Venetians from your local guide. Meet your guide under the Ponte della Costituzione bridge. Start with a prosecco toast. Try real regional prosecco and find out more about this world-famous drink. Sample some tasty treats that pair beautifully with your drink. Next, stop for a spritz unlike any you've tried before. Real Venetian spritz doesn't contain any Aperol or Campari. Learn its secrets as you enjoy an unfiltered Venetian experience. Pair your spritz with some fine fish. Try well-known antipasti like baccalà mantecato and sarde in saor and discover local dishes that most tourists don't know about. Enjoy another glass of wine at the third stop before rounding off your tour with dessert and grappa.

Venice: Professional Photography Tour

6. Venice: Professional Photography Tour

Enjoy a stunning and informative photography tour of Venice. A professional photographer will teach you secrets and techniques that will help you to take unforgettable pictures. No previous experience is required. During the experience, your guide Fabio will provide all the assistance that you need to capture the best images of Venice, one of the world’s most photogenic cities. Capture the soul of the city and play with the light and colors of the ancient palaces as they reflect on the water.  The photography tour will take place in the Dorsoduro area. Here, you can take pictures of the Santa Maria della Salute, Punta della Dogana, Giudecca, and the Canal Grande. The exact itinerary will be decided on in the moment, depending on the weather and light. This will ensure that you're able to capture the best possible images of Venice.

Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

7. Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

See the beautiful attractions of Venice on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Cross the network of canals using the small bridges and narrow lanes of the historic Rialto, San Marco and Cannaregio districts.  Discover the site of the old trade center from the days of the Venetian Empire. Pass the former home of the explorer Marco Polo and learn how he built trade agreements with China providing an important link between the East and West. See the impressive church of San Pantalon in the Dorsoduro district. Continue to the large Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, where the painter Titian is buried. Enter the narrow square of the Campo San Bartolomeo, and continue to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges are buried. End on St. Mark's Square and admire St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

8. Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Take in the 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square. Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the maze of streets. Visit the many intriguing corners of Venice at your own pace. The itinerary: - Rialto and San Marco areas - Jewish Ghetto and Canareggio area - Arsenale and Castello area, where Venice’s myth was built - From the imposing Frari Basilica to the Rialto Bridge and S. Croce Area - Dorsoduro area and Punta della Dogana The mobile app has a map which guides you anytime, letting you decide the pace of your visit as you listen to the automatic audio-narration on the city’s panoramic highlights. On the device see the text of the description under the picture of the attractions.

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Mask Decoration

9. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Mask Decoration

Discover the most famous places of the Venice Lagoon aboard a panoramic eco boat and treat yourself to a wonderful souvenir decorated with your own hands: an authentic Venetian mask! This tour includes - a hop-on hop-off ticket to get on and off wherever you want, valid for 24 hours. Accompanied by the author's audio guides to listen to on boat or walking, enjoy the best of the lagoon, from the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, to the wonderful islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory with a demonstration of glass processing is included - a one-hour course, in a famous Venetian Atelier in the Dorsoduro district, where you can choose one of 60 different types of white papier-mâché masks and decorate it personally with the help and advice of the atelier staff. At the end of the course, each participant can bring the decorated mask with them.

Venice: Walking Art Tour

10. Venice: Walking Art Tour

Enjoy the perfect introduction to the unique expressiveness of Venetian art on this tour. From Bellini to Titian, Tintoretto to Veronese, Venice’s remarkable art scene is rivaled only by Florence for its influence on the development of Renaissance culture. During your tour, discover how art is an indelible part of city life, woven into the urban fabric in the shape of countless palaces and churches, meeting halls, and museums.  Come face-to-face with some of the greatest masterpieces ever painted, and in the company of an expert guide, learn how art has shaped the city in unforgettable locations often overlooked by tour itineraries. At the Accademia Gallery, see masterpieces such as Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man and other highlights by all the biggest names in Venetian art. In the Basilica dei Frari, wander around Venice’s most spectacular church, adorned with masterpieces by Titian, Bellini, and Donatello. Finally, discover why the Scuola di San Rocco is known as Tintoretto’s Sistine Chapel for good reason. Throughout your tour, wander through the narrow streets and canals of one of Venice’s most charming districts, Dorsoduro. Come across a wonderful array of hidden churches and palaces, like the spectacular Ca’ Rezzonico perched on the waters of the Grand Canal.

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What people are saying about Dorsoduro

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4.7 / 5

based on 578 reviews

Denise was an excellent guide, weaving her personal experience and long history as a Venetian native into the historical narrative. She was personable and knowledgeable. My wife and I found her to be one of the best guides we have ever had accompany us on a tour.

We were traveling with Valentia. You could tell that she really enjoys her job. During the tour she gave us a lot of political background information. She also explained the origin and development of Venice very well. It was a lot of fun.

Denise was lovely, charming and friendly making us all feel welcome. A great intro to Venice with some tips from a local. Perfect way to start a trip and learn the history of such an incredible place.

The guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and fluent in English. It was a very pleasant two hours!

Fantastic guide, Ana, took us around Venice with culinary experiences and a lot of history.