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Venice: The Footsteps of Commissario Brunetti Walking Tour

1. Venice: The Footsteps of Commissario Brunetti Walking Tour

Embark on this Venice walking tour and follow in the footsteps of Commissario Brunetti. Explore the filming locations of the television show that is based on the novels by Donna Leon. Hear about the popular crime series set in Venice.  Meet your guide and venture into the city on this Commissario Brunetti-themed tour. Follow your guide to see locations like the iconic “questura” (police headquarters). Learn new facts and trivia about the author and her books and enjoy a unique perspective of the city.  Find difficult-to-find “campos” and “palazzos” frequented by Brunetti. Uncover off-the-beaten path shooting locations from episodes like “Beastly things” or “Suffer the little Children." View filming locations from newer episodes as well. Find out were Brunetti ate, as your guide explores his broad gastronomic tastes. Be entertained with anecdotes and exciting details from everyday Venetian life. Finish the tour at the headquarters from the show.

Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

2. Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

3. Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic. See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons. Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations after the crowds have left for the day. A custodian of the cathedral will unlock its doors so that you can experience like only a doge could. Marvel at the gemstones of the Pala d’Oro altarpiece. Visit the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Admire mosaics in the soft glimmer of the evening light, and learn about Venetian art and history from your passionate guide.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

Start your tour by crossing the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) into the Jewish Ghetto in the Cannaregio District. Hear about how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated. Learn about how the resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high – an innovative novelty in 16th century Europe. Visit a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice never get to see. Learn about how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” See how this part of the city is still awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants, and handicraft stores. Discover this hidden niche of cultural life in Venice as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice. 

Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

5. Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice city center on a 2-hour tour of Murano. You're your guide in the Campo San Bartolomeo for a 15-minute walk through hidden squares and picturesque corners. Reach the boat station facing the lagoon, and jump aboard a public boat bound for Murano Island. Upon arrival, take a short walk to a glass factory, where a glass master will demonstrate the art of glass blowing to create a unique piece. Watch as he makes a 2nd piece using sculpture techniques. Then go to a mosaic or glass beads jewelry workshop to create your own piece from scratch. Work with glass elements of different shapes and colors to make a unique ornament or pendant. Create your own bracelet, key holder, or earrings. Enjoy some free time to explore the quiet streets of Murano on your own. Your guide with take you back to the boat station and advise you how to get back to your accommodation from there.

Venice 2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour

6. Venice 2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour

The charm of Venice has always attracted people from around the world. In addition, its unique network of canals represents an important aspect of heritage for all of humanity. Enjoy a 2-hour guided kayaking tour to appreciate the historical riches and cultural attractions that make Venice one of the world’s great treasures. What particularly strikes many visitors is the close relationship between the earth and the water, a perfect symbiosis that often leads to Venice being identified with its lagoon. Within the city, the many canals and rii (smaller canals) are the vital links that carry Venetians and visitors to their destinations. They are at the heart of authentic Venice. This tour provides the opportunity to explore the city from a special perspective, in a way that promotes sustainable tourism.

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

7. Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your Venice accommodation and head out on a 2, 3 or 4-hour walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

8. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

Departing from Venice, travel across the lagoon to visit the three islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. The excursion will start in St. Mark's Square area where you will board a panoramic boat and leave towards the northern part of the lagoon. Some explanations will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian during the boat trips. The first stop will be Murano Island, famous for its glass production and picturesque views. Here, have the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a glass piece of art. Let yourself be amazed by Murano Island, but also remember to get back in time to the boat to leave for the next highlight. The next stop is Burano Island, famous for its colorful houses. Apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production. Enough free time will be left to stroll around the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that can still be found here. If you have chosen the option for the Three Islands, the next stop is Torcello, known as the Mother of Venice. You have the chance to visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.  With eyes full of beauty and camera cards full of memories to cherish, you will then catch your motorboat ride back to Venice.

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 in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

10. Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Can I combine a walking tour and gondola ride?

    Walking tours are a great way to see the city, but it wouldn't be Venice without a ride along the city's canals. Fortunately there are several walking and gondola tour combination packages to choose from, with prices starting from €43.

  • How do the free tours work?

    If you're visiting Venice on the cheap then you might choose to opt for a free walking tour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, be prepared to shuffle away sheepishly!

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13,802 reviews

Excellent organisation, very helpful company member changed pick-up point without any problem. Comfortable journey from Bardolino. Fabulous, knowledgeable tour guide. Very good transition from coach to Venice. Well planned and enjoyable itinerary enabled us to get a flavour of a beautiful city and left us wanting to return in the future for more. Would recommend the experience and opportunity to take the tour. Well worth the money.

The meeting point is a bit hidden. But you should also attach the yellow banner mentioned in the description, otherwise you will suddenly be in line for the gondola ride. The German speaking guide was excellent. Recommended.

Excellent guide with bluetooth headphones for everyone. Well organised

Very informative, fab tour guide and gondola ride was the perfect end!

Super Aktivität mit sehr guten Rätsel! Sehr empfehlenswert!