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Venice: Private 1-Hour Gondola Tour

1. Venice: Private 1-Hour Gondola Tour

Book your enchanting private gondola ride in Venice and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamor and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi. This experience is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm, and color of this unique city built on the water. Feel a part of the ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. Once upon a time the most noble and wealthy of families would have traveled around by gondola - with the slightly eccentric Peggy Guggenheim the last person to have her own private gondola in the 1960s. On this unique exploration of the romantic Venetian canals, unwind and relax to the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal. Appreciate the skill involved in steering the gondola ride, as you make your way through the intricate waterways of Venice. As you sit back and take in the views, enjoy the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. This charming gondola ride takes you one step closer to the romantic facades of the city, enabling you to understand what it is to be truly Venetian.

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Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

2. Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Take in the 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square. Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the maze of streets. Visit the many intriguing corners of Venice at your own pace. The itinerary: - Rialto and San Marco areas - Jewish Ghetto and Canareggio area - Arsenale and Castello area, where Venice’s myth was built - From the imposing Frari Basilica to the Rialto Bridge and S. Croce Area - Dorsoduro area and Punta della Dogana The mobile app has a map which guides you anytime, letting you decide the pace of your visit as you listen to the automatic audio-narration on the city’s panoramic highlights. On the device see the text of the description under the picture of the attractions.

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Byzantine Venice: Historical Tour and the Golden Basilica

3. Byzantine Venice: Historical Tour and the Golden Basilica

Discover the real soul of Venice admiring one of the most famous squares in the world: San Marco. Your guide will narrate the endless history of the monuments at the Doge’s Palace, Clock Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Go through the labyrinth of Calli and Campi, the narrow Venetian streets and squares. Find some hidden artistic jewels as Santa Maria Formosa Square or the imposing SS. Giovanni and Paolo Church with a spectacular façade, which is known as the Pantheon of Venice. Climb to the Rialto Bridge: the center of the commercial market of Europe. Later, start the fascinating guided tour through the Cathedral of St. Mark, known as the Golden Basilica. The building itself is famous for the fact that its incredible mosaics consist only of gold. You will skip the long line and enter in the majestic church accompanied by an expert guide who will explain everything around you. Your guide will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. You can listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of the many biblical scenes painted in the church. This tour also includes an audio guide for further self-guided exploration of Venice with digital maps to discover the 5 districts of Venice and their best attractions and squares. 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 Arsenal, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the discover hidden gems and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.

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Venice: Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Venice: Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms and its hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the cold Prisons Palace, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova. Visit the museum in Saint Mark’s square and head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, adorned in magnificent pure gold mosaics. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the Basilica's terrace. Learn about the history of the artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square. See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map that guides you through the city. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights. Take in 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets, and the Accademia Bridge. Don't forget to check the 2D map to see how different Venice looked in the past. The map includes historical views of what Venice would have looked like between 1100 and 1700.

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Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

5. 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

6. 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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2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

7. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

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

8. 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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Dorsoduro District, Venice: Private Tour

9. Dorsoduro District, Venice: Private Tour

Starting at the Gallerie dell'Accademia you will start a unique walk through the Dorsoduro district. You will first head towards the Basilica della Salute, a fascinating example of Baroque architecture, and arrive at Punta della Dogana, the best panoramic spot in town overlooking the heart of the Venetian lagoon and S. Mark's Square. In the meantime, you will walk by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the beautiful secret corners of the city's most exclusive area. Enjoy walking along the side of the Giudecca Canal and stop for a coffee or ice cream before discovering where the gondolas – traditional Venetian black boats – are made by hand. Local Venetians absolutely adore this district because it maintains a human dimension with its 'campi,' the equivalent of small squares. University students roam around these squares, people shop at the local fruit and vegetable stalls, and families gather for wholesome activities.

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What people are saying about Ponte dell'Accademia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

It was an unforgettable experience! I recommend to all lovers of Venice to discover its beauties through guided visits. We chose a private visit for two with Francesco: professional, competent, friendly: he explained the history and secrets of the Doge's Palace and the Basilica San Marco in a complete and precise way.

Very great tour with a really entertaining tour guide who had a lot of knowledge about the city and the attractions. I would book more tours with her again at any time! Took a lot of time for the group, answered questions and very friendly! Absolutely TOP !!

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!

Top travel guide who responded to our questions and needs. She was very committed and motivated. Our teenagers and we thought the tour was fantastic and would do it again !!!

Very beautiful. Having a guide caused us to find a greater appreciation for these places.