Venice Audio guides

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Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Fast-Track Entry and Audio Guide

1. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Fast-Track Entry 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: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

2. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

Feel the essence of Venice as you explore hidden and picturesque waterways near the Grand Canal with a gondola ride. Listen to in-app commentary to learn more about the city as you admire the sights. Start your activity by meeting the host, who will explain some curiosities about the history of gondolas and gondoliers. Get free access to an app with commentary of your itinerary on the gondola. As you enjoy the beauties of the Grand Canal, admire the marvelous Palaces such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, the Punta della Dogana. Discover the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House along the romantic and hidden waterways. At the end of your ride, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saint Mark’s Basin with San Giorgio Island.

La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

3. 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.

Venice: City Walking Tour

4. 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.

Venice: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

5. Venice: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Explore the best of Venice on a walking city tour with an expert guide. See impressive monuments, marvel at iconic buildings, and travel through the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Discover the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk 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. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

Venice: Carnival Treasure Hunt

6. Venice: Carnival Treasure Hunt

Take part in this Carnival treasure hunt in Venice discover historical gems hidden around the city! On this amazing treasure hunt, discover the secrets of the Venice Carnival. Using the mobile app on your phone, follow a detailed map around the labyrinth of narrow Venetian streets. The app will be your personal storyteller. From Piazzale Roma, cross the imposing Rialto bridge to reach Saint Mark’s Square, the heart of the Venice Carnival. During the hunt, take a picture of at least 3 points highlighted on the map. At the end, the treasure will be yours: one carnival mask ready to be painted with an artist. A professional mask-maker will happily give you some suggestions to personalise it. On the map, you'll see 4 hidden places to take a picture of. Show a picture for at least 3 of the places to the mask-maker to receive your prize. The ending location, guarding your treasure, is worth your special attention. Everybody know or have ever heard about Casanova, right? According to many Venetian legends, Casanova was imprisoned in this historic palace, which is part of the Doge’s Palace. The two buildings are connected by the well-known Bridge of Sighs. At the end, you will reach the Prison Palace where you'll decorate your own carnival mask.

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

7. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

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 explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. 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. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

Venice: Ghost and Legends Evening Walking Tour

8. Venice: Ghost and Legends Evening Walking Tour

The Venice Ghost Walking Tours feature a delightful sightseeing route through Hidden Venice that provides the perfect stage upon which your guide will introduce you to Ghost Stories and Legends from Venice's Past & Present. Stroll through narrow passageways, cross sleepy canals and abandoned piazzas (campi) to discover that Venice by night is a city of romance and mystery. During the Venice Ghost Walk you'll hear six intriguing ghost stories that will bring a chill to the night air. Throughout these 90-minute Venice Ghost Walking Tours your knowledgeable and entertaining guides will also entertain you with ghost stories and legends about Venice and the Venetians themselves. Mind your step, as you follow your guide on this Ghost Walking Tour of Venice as you don't want to wake the dead! We'll cross several Ancient cemeteries hidden beneath the streets and campi of the modern-day city of Venice. And as you navigate the labyrinth of Hidden Venice you'll see numerous architectural gems lost in the backstreets of Venice that include the famous Bovolo staircase. Built by a wealthy Venetian, at a time when Venetians still travelled around the city on horse-back, this elaborate staircase enabled the nobleman to ride his horse up to his private apartments. You'll explore a secret passage-way, one of the few remaining ones left in the city. The lover of a noble Venetian lady used this passageway to gain access to her private apartments without the knowledge of her husband (access subject to water-levels). With stories of rat-infested prison cells that flooded during high tide, and a stroll along the "Calle dei Assassini" there will be many other surprises along the way. The Tour ends close to the Rialto Bridge.

From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

9. From Lake Garda: Full-Day Guided Group Tour of Venice

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day guided tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Travel across the Veneto on an air-conditioned bus, and hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Finally, join a walking tour from St. Mark's Square to Rialto Bridge. Following your pick-up from various points in the Lake Garda region, including Limone, Riva del Garda and Bardolino, transfer to Venice with a short coffee break (at your expense) near Soave. Arrive in Venice by 11:00 AM and hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40-minute walking tour of St. Mark's Square, complete with a guide and headphones, and see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of “La Serenissima.” Learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it came to dominate the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” The central district is teeming with beautiful squares, canals, crumbling mansions, ancient churches, artist workshops, and bridges — all of which you get to admire on this tour. In the afternoon, get some free time to relax and explore Venice on your own. Go off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city, or just sit back and people-watch in one of the many cafés of Piazza San Marco. At the end of the day trip, jump back on the boat to get from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

Venice: San Marco Carnival Tour

10. Venice: San Marco Carnival Tour

Carnival is a magical time that envelops Venice. Now you can take part with a simple, easy to use Carnival app! Step One: Download the map and itinerary on your device, or collect a special paper map, and learn about the famous Venetian Carnival. With each highlighted point on your map, you will learn curious tales about Venice and its history. Don't forget to pay attention: on the way you'll have to take pictures of 4 hidden places to play the game. At the end of the itinerary, 1 Carnival mask will be waiting for you at the Mask Atelier. To receive the mask, you must show at least 3 of your Carnival photos. In addition to the treasure, the master artisan will welcome you into his workshop, an ancient Mask Atelier close to Saint Mark’s Square.  You can win one carnival mask to be painted with a local artist! Step Two: Unleash your creativity, wear the mask you received in the Atelier, and take the coolest Carnival Selfie ever. Personalize the second white mask you collected in the Atelier with Carnival decorations. Take another selfie in your very own Carnival mask. Post your pictures on the Facebook page and invite your friends to like them. The ending location, guarding your treasure, is worth your attention. Everybody know or have heard about Casanova, right? According to many Venetian legends, Casanova was imprisoned in this historic palace, which is connected to the Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs.

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What people are saying about Venice

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based on 9,241 reviews

We enjoyed our gondola ride very much… we got the shared ride so 2others were with us but it was fine bc the gondolas are pretty big …. Great pics along the canals ….

The gondola ride was well organized and our guide Aleksandera was excellent. It was a nice experience. Highly recommend.

I recommend this tour, especially to musicians. Being a concert pianist, I really enjoyed the experience.

Outstanding service and experience. 5 stars for this, and I highly recommend it.

Save time and patience with skio the line tickets.