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Venice: City Walking Tour

1. 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.

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Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

2. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana. You can also explore the history of the Jewish communities of Venice at the Ghetto Museum. Founded in 1953, and situated between the city’s 2 most historic synagogues, the museum is both devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and objects used for the liturgy, and explores the history of the Venetian Jews through images and objects. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • San Giuseppe di Castello • San Vidal • San Giacomo di Rialto.

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Venice: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Venice: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the history and culture of Venice in just 2 hours with this walking tour. Learn all about the city's craft traditions, such as glassblowing, and immerse yourself in the history of the Roman empire.  During your tour, visit iconic sights such as Saint Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace, and Saint Mark's Basilica and enjoy expert commentary from your tour guide. Continue your tour with visits to the famous Bridge of Sighs, the Grand Canal, and the house of Mozart.  Soak up the Venetian atmosphere as you wander around the city's cobbled streets, visiting the Fenice theater, Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, Frari Church, and the Accademia Gallery.

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San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. San Polo and Rialto: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Learn the history of Venice as told through the tales of its prominent merchants, courtesans, and painters in San Polo, the site of the city's main market since 1097. The tour starts near the Rialto area. Venice was a city where west met east, and exotic items such as silk and spices were traded alongside traditional goods like copper and wood. The city's courtesans were well-off in this golden age and lived in sumptuous apartments. They were often accomplished musicians and raconteurs, and some were even deployed as secret spies for the state. Focus will then shift to the Venetian artists, with a visit to the Gothic Frari church, which dwarfs the eastern side of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in the 13th century, it is one of the city's largest places of worship. Simply the sheer size of its striking interior will amaze you, let alone the quality of its High Renaissance masterpieces – Titian's Assumption being the most famous.

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What people are saying about Basilica of St. Mary of the Friars

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 124 reviews

Our city guide Vera gave us a great tour of Venice. She was also very responsive to the children and adapted her program to suit them. I am amazed at what the children took away with them. But it was also very interesting for us adults! Many Thanks!

Great city tour with many interesting explanations and tips - off the beaten track, also got to know the real Venice Family with 3 children between 15 and 21, everyone was thrilled!

Kind and caring guide. He was able to convey the love he has for the city by making our imagination fly with captivating stories involving even the kids ...

the ticket doesn't include the bell tower which is kind of silly since it includes all other museums in st marks square

Everything was perfect and the pass is very helpful to skip the lines on entries.