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Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

1. Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

Learn the secret history of Venice at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the most historic areas. Download the app to your mobile device and use the provided map and itinerary to find sights known only to locals at a time to suit you. Listen to the fascinating commentary as you see where the old warships were built in the dockyards of the Arsenale in the Castello sestiere (district). Discover Europe's first Jewish Ghetto and marvel at masterpieces of art and architecture, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in the Cannaregio district. Admire the famous monuments of St. Mark's Square, including the former seat of power at the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine facade of St. Mark's Basilica. Walk through the historic Rialto district to see the beautiful Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Explore the historic Santa Croce area around Piazzale Roma and more.

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Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

2. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point.

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Venice Inferno Private Tour

3. Venice Inferno Private Tour

The start of this tour is at the church of San Geremia with the preserved relics of Saint Lucia. From there, you'll head off on a motor boat to cross the northern part of the Venice Lagoon and see the famous Cemetery Island of San Michele. Then it's time to see the place that Dante Alighieri mentions in the Inferno... the Venetian Arsenal! Here he was inspired by the idea of ​​boiling pitch, which tortures the damned. Here you will find the famous inscriptions of Dante's Divine Comedy. While sailing on the Lagoon of Venice, you'll of course also see San Marco and see the Sospiri Bridge, and the famous Venetian prisons – lots of adventures await you! The tour even includes a visit to the crypt of the nearby church of San Zaccaria. You will discover in more detail the Basilica of San Marco, the golden church, and visit the famous four horses. This is famous place, where Enrico Dandolo called the Venetians for the Fourth Crusad. Through a short walk you will reach the Rialto area, where you can touch the palace of Doge Dandolo, who died and was buried in Constantinople in 1205.

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Venetian Ships Pavilion and Castello: Private Walking Tour

4. Venetian Ships Pavilion and Castello: Private Walking Tour

Visit the Castello area and tour the historic Venetian Ships Pavilion on a 2-hour walking tour. Make your way through the labyrinth of alleyways into the heart of Castello, the largest residential area of Venice. Walk along Calle Della Morte, where your guide will tell you about the people sentenced to death by the Venetian Council of Ten. Continue to the School of San Giorgio Degli Schiavoni, and the Church of San Francesco Della Vigna. Cross the Ponte Del Cristo to the eastern side of the city. At the Ships Pavilion, skip the lines waiting to enter, and follow your guide to see historic Venetian boats, including the funeral Gondola of Venetian doges and several war ships.

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Hidden Venice- Small Group Tour

5. Hidden Venice- Small Group Tour

Leave the crowds that are cramming into St. Mark's Square and over the Rialto, and enjoy a more unexpected, authentic 2-hour tour of Venice with your licensed guide  far away from the tourist scrum. Explore the typical neighborhoods of Castello and Cannaregio to see the medieval remains of Marco Polo’s former home. Enjoy fantastic views over the Grand Canal from the Taverna Campiello del Remer, and discover the hidden Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. In Campo San Zanipolo, admire the statue of the great military commander, Colleoni, the façade of the Scuola di San Marco, and the church of San Zanipolo, the largest in Venice, once known as a Venetian Pantheon for its 25 tombs of the doges. Small Groups (maximum 10 persons)

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Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

6. Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. After that, you can join a free and optional tour to visit a glass factory. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

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Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

7. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 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. Make your way along the Grand Canal aboard a traditional gondola with a professional gondolier. Pass the house where Mozart lived at Ca' Falletti and admire the beautiful exterior of Teatro La Fenice. Drift past the modern art museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the beautiful Palazzo Dario and the impressive church of Santa Maria della Salute. Continue to the Punta della Dogana in the old Sea Customs House and end at St. Mark's Square with its amazing Byzantine basilica.  Then, stroll through the heart of the city with a guide in your chosen language. Explore the Rialto and St Mark's area and the network of canals and narrow streets. Arrive at the Rialto Bridge and see the historical market before you cross over the Grand Canal. Listen to tales about the district and learn more about some of the historical figures who lived there, such as Marco Polo.

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Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

8. 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.

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Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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 the 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 sit down in the church and 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.  Afterward, have the chance to add a classic gondola ride. This combined tour concludes outside the basilica in St. Mark's Square.

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What people are saying about Castello, Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 278 reviews

We had booked a walking tour through major parts of the city, followed by a guided tour (and fast-lane queuing) for the Doge's palace. Our guide was engaging, very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Such a great storyteller! We're sorry we didn't catch her name to send some extra kudos. Thanks to her we felt the tour was def. worth the money, without her we probably wouldn't have been too impressed by the palace. Great job!

We had a nice afternoon in Venice. Unfortunately the skip the line line for the San Marco was so long that it was pointless to stand in it. Our guide Lorenzo told a lot about Venice, the history of the city and San Marco from the outside. We went to another church, the San Zaccheria, where a real Bellini hangs. Magnificent! We got the tickets for the San Marco and went inside ourselves later at a quieter moment.

A must to get to know the beautiful city! The tour guide was also very lovely, we can only warmly recommend it. At the end of the tour came the emotional climax - the gondola ride! All in all for the price we give a VERY GUT with an additional star!

Very nice journey on the lagoon with Alessandro, who provides great commentaries and good mood. We had a wonderful weather, and really enjoyed the beauty of the city from another angle.

Lorenzo, our guide was fantastic. Managed ro keep our teenager interested! I d recommend this tour, if it s with him!