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Marco Polo's Home: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

1. Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

Get off the beaten path of Venice, away from the crowds. With a guide, explore the heart of Venice, including lesser-known areas, rich with history such as the Rialto Bridge. First, discover Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares of the city, and explore the nine streets and 11 bridges that branch from it. Cross the Campiello degli Orbi, where once lived presumably a blind people Confraternity. Next, arrive at the Saints John and Paul area, now the site of Venetian hospital. Visit the labyrinth of calli and campi (narrow Venetian streets and squares) and find Marco Polo's House, a building believed to be the home of the famous explorer, marked by a white plaque and now used as a theater. Finally, pass through St. Mark's Square with its stunning monuments as well as Doge's Palace. Continue your experience with an optional gondola ride discovering Venice from a unique angle: glide under the Bridge of Sighs into the magical San Marco Basin and greet the charming San Giorgio Island. A dream journey awaits!

Venice: Mysterious Tales of Ghosts and Murders

2. Venice: Mysterious Tales of Ghosts and Murders

An engraving on the stone, a dark corner, an heart embedded on the wall... In Venice, every detail tells a story; they are all around us, but they reveal themselves only to the eyes of the most attentive observer. An engaging tour through the narrow, dimly lit alleys, listening to tales of magic, betrayal, and revenge—many are just popular stories, but just as many are events that actually happened

Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

3. Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Start the tour in the historical heart of Venice with a morning promenade from Saint Mark’s Square to some of the most important monuments in Venice. See Santa Maria Formosa, the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known as the Venetian Pantheon, and much more. Learn about the amazing history of these monuments from your professional guide. Pass through the main shopping street, until you reach Rialto Bridge. Stroll through the typical markets which were once the commercial center of Europe. Continue your experience with a gondola ride discovering Venice from a unique angle: glide under the Bridge of Sighs into the magical San Marco Basin and greet the charming San Giorgio Island. A dream journey awaits! Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the mobile app. The App will provide audio commentary to explain all about the magnificent palaces and attractions around you. Later, enjoy the audio guide with digital map to discover the five districts of Venice and their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.

Venice: 4-Hour City Tour with Doge's Palace & Basilica Visit

4. Venice: 4-Hour City Tour with Doge's Palace & Basilica Visit

After leaving your centrally located meeting point, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance. You can expect to see the Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice complete with its church named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin. You will also experience the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges, and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary captain. You can also explore the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant. On your return to Saint Mark’s Square, you will be accompanied inside the Doge’s Palace where you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic. You will be surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire famous paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. Finally you will visit the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy. You will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere, whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building. This is the only tour with special authorization to be seated in the central nave inside the Basilica. Your 4-hour combined tour will then conclude outside the Basilica in Saint Mark's Square.  At the end of the tour have the opportunity to visit the Correr Museum with the same ticket.

Venice: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

5. Venice: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

The tour starts at St Mark's Square. Your guide will immediately introduce you to some of the cities most spectacular architectures, such as St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Their striking facades make them two of the most recognised and impressive landmarks in Venice. Your guide will take you to the Remedio Bridge, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Bridge of Sighs. Known by some as the "Lovers Bridge", listen as your guide tells you how it actually leads to Doge's prisons! Head along one of Venice's many other crooked bridges, and arrive at one of the cities largest squares, Campo Santa Maria Formosa. With 11 bridges and 9 streets branching off, there are plenty of secrets and stories to uncover at every turn. Pass through Campiello degli Orbi, a district that oozes authenticity, before continuing your tour to the Campiello Remer. This romantic corner of Venice boasts beautiful views of the iconic Rialto Bridge, however it is not often found by wandering tourists! The tour will come to an end as you approach Calle Scaleta, the home of famous explorer, Marco Polo. Listen as your tour guide relays fascinating facts and stories about the former adventurer. With countless hidden gems, beautiful streets and canal views at every turn, this walking tour is the perfect introduction to Venice. Further enjoy a complimentary sightseeing mobile-app, included in your ticket. Download the app and enjoy self-guided walking itineraries, audio commentary and more.

Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

6. Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Starting in St. Mark’s Square, this atmospheric walking tour will whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area. A qualified guide will walk you through the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture and life in present day Venice. The tour will start with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, its many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi. Discover campo Santa Maria Formosa and campo San Giovanni & Paolo, with its stunning Basilica, where the doges of Venice were buried. At the end of your walking tour, come back with your local guide in San Marco's square passing through the Mercerie, the shopping connection street between Rialto and San Marco.

Walking Tour to Uncover the Hidden Venice

7. Walking Tour to Uncover the Hidden Venice

The tour will start at the San Marco Column. You can see for yourself why people consider this square to be the most beautiful drawing room in the world once you go there. A brief historical overview of the largest maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea will be provided in the guide. The guide will point out some of the most well-known buildings in this square as you move on with the tour. The St. Mark's Basilica, the cathedral church of Venice, will be unveiled to you in this square. This building is the city's iconic symbol with its Byzantine-style cupolas, golden mosaics, and priceless bronze and gold horses imported from Constantinople. The exterior of the church was designed in a severe Gothic style, as the tour guide will explain. The Doge's Palace, another monument located in St. Mark's square, is the next thing you'll see after passing the Cathedral. Here, the tour guide will explain to you the history of this stunning palace, the fire that occurred there, as well as the layout and architectural design of this magnificent structure. Then proceed on foot to the Campanile (Bell Tower), Venice's tallest structure, which once served as a lighthouse for ships. You will continue your tour of Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, home to the Pantheon of Venice, the biggest church in the city. The tour guide will show you the church's stunning sculpture-designed exterior. The Scuola Grande di San Marco ("Great School of Charity"), Venice's most prominent and exquisitely decorated structure, is located just a short distance from the church. The tour guide will go over the significance of this building to the Venetians and its importance to them. The house of Marco Polo, a famous traveler and author, is one of the hidden gems you'll find as you meander through Venice's streets and pretty alleys while crossing over tiny bridges. When your tour guide describes the place's historical significance and the contributions the man who once lived there made to the world, it's difficult not to feel a sense of awe. You won't stop there; the guide will lead you to Mercerie, the busiest and most well-known shopping street in Venice. This former hub of the city's commerce is located between San Marco Square and the Rialto Bridge. After passing the Rialto bridge, proceed along the grand canal to the Teatro La Fenice, the most renowned and well-known theater in Italy. Here, you can read the legend of a mythical phoenix that the people of Venice have long told. On your way back to St. Mark's Square, stop by the external, gothic Scala Contarini del Bovolo later. Your walking tour will come to an end at this point after a pleasant two hours of walking without feeling overwhelmed or tired because you have learned about the city's perfect blend of art, architecture, and history as well as its priceless artistic heritage.

Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

8. Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

After meeting with your professional guide, you will begin your fascinating tour of the most characteristic places in Saint Mark's Square, focusing on the history and architecture of St. Mark's Basilica and the Renaissance-era clock tower. You will leave the square and head to the Castello area, strolling through its labyrinth of narrow alleys, bridges, winding canals, and picturesque squares. You will see Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice, along with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square (where several dukes doges lie buried in the church). You will also encounter the equestrian monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary captain, as well as the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant of all time. After this 1.5-hour walk, you will head to the Doge's Palace, once the seat of power of the Republic of Venice, for a 1-hour guided tour. Once inside the Palace, you can wander the halls where the duke and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, while surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces detailing the political history of Venice and its people. Admire paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. You can also pass through the famous Bridge of Sighs, and see the new prison. Your guided tour concludes in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, however you can linger in the Palace if you like, absorbing the history and mystery of days gone by.

Venice: Byzantine Tour and Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

9. Venice: Byzantine Tour and Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

Discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice on this combined tour. This tour is guided and divided into 2 parts. Your tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power for the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower.  Leaving the square, head to the residential Castello area and explore this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi. Expect to see the campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin. Visit campo San Giovanni and Paolo, the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, the former residence of Marco Polo, and the Malibran theatre. After returning to Saint Mark's Square, an official guide will provide you with a detailed tour of the Golden Basilica. During the tour, you will be able to absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with the history and particularities of this ancient basilica.  Visit Saint Mark's Basilica first floor museum and see the famous horses Afterward, have the chance to add a classic gondola ride in the afternoon (if option selected).

Venice: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

10. Venice: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Venice at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Doge’s Palace, Marco Polo’s house, Campo San Francesco della Vigna and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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What people are saying about Marco Polo's Home

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based on 1,095 reviews

Annalise was incredibly knowledgeable. I have done 2 others ghost and legend walks in Venice but never went to the same places with Annalise and learnt so many new things. She was great!

our guide Francesco was brilliant he had a very calm & warm tone. he made the tour so pleasurable learnt so much & saw parts of Venice wouldn't have without this tour

You’re able to see things differently with a guide than on your own, the guide tells you lots of details and history of the sights which makes it way more interesting

Thanks to the walking guide as well as Carlota (gondola party) for guiding us through Venice! Exceptionally good

Our guide was really very pleasant to listen to. We discovered some really unusual places Thank you