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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: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

2. 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.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access and City Walking Tour

3. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access and City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a city walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the basilica's magnificent interiors and view up-close the beauty of its gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your guide and enter St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. View the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones. Admire 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.

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Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour with City Walking Tour

4. Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the fascinating history of the floating city alongside an expert guide. 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. See the rich details of the golden staircase at the waterside entrance to the palace. Learn abouty of the dukes of Venice that ruled the city as you wander around the lavish halls and corridors. 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. Admire 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.

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Venice: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. 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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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.

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

7. 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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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.

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

9. 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 Teatro Malibran, 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 on the Grand Canal, towards the Salute Church, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. See some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run along the canal like Mozart’s house, Gritti Hotel, and many others. Pass by Punta de la Dogana before making your way back to the start point in front of Campo San Moisè. Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the mobile App onto your phone. 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.

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Venice: Combo Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

10. Venice: Combo Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Your tour begins at St. Marco’s Square, known to be the heart of Venice. Your expert guide will give you a brief historical introduction to Venice’s history as the most powerful maritime empire on the Mediterranean. After a thorough history of the gothic beauty of St. Marco’s Basilica, head off to the Doge’s Palace, the iconic palace of Venice’s imperial ruler.  Continue your path through Venice, stopping by the Campanille, a stunning bell tower that is, to this day, the tallest structure in Venice. Afterwards, you’ll end up in the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where the Pantheon of Venice, the largest church in the city, stands. Listen to the history of the menagerie of ornate statues that surrounds the church before heading off to perhaps the most ornate building in Venice, the Scuola Grande di San Marco. After hitting all the main sights, your guide will take you through the smaller alleyways of town to uncover some hidden gems, like Marco Polo’s home, among other local secrets. Continue down the Mercerie, the city’s most bustling shopping street, to feel the true energy of the iconic city. After your thrilling tour, settle down for a 30 minute gondola ride down the winding canals, where you’ll experience the sights you’ve seen from a new perspective.

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What people are saying about Marco Polo's Home

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour with Nicoletta! She did a great job of balancing the most important sights (Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco) with some wonderful hidden gems. We learned a lot about the history and culture of Venice. For instance she told us about the local food markets near the Rialto, and took us to see boutique shops like Venetian mask makers and spice merchants. I liked that she also took us to very picturesque photo spots that we would not have been able to find on our own. Overall a terrific experience!

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!

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!

Great visit with a guide Martina who spoke very good French and who answered all our questions with interesting details. Plus we were only 2 in the group even better.

The walking tour is very interesting. Gondola ride very impressive !!