San Giacomo di Rialto
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Venice: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

1. 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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Venice: Private Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

2. Venice: Private Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

Your tour begins in Campo San Giacometto, a picturesque piazza located in the bustling Rialto area. See one of the oldest churches in Venice, the San Giacometto church, and explore the daily market next to the Grand Canal, where locals buy fresh produce. Admire Rialto Bridge and walk up to its highest point for a dazzling view of the Grand Canal. Wander a maze of small alleys and grand piazzas through Venice’s historic neighborhoods, and hear entertaining stories about Venetian families. Pass the church of San Giovanni Crisostomo, see the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church, and admire the Gothic and Renaissance facades of the church of Santa Maria Formosa. Arrive in St. Mark’s Square, facing St. Mark’s Basilica. Learn about the power struggles of the neighboring Doge’s Palace, and skip the long lines to enter the famous Saint Mark's Basilica. Admire the huge golden mosaics, and go to the top terrace for beautiful views inside the church and across St. Mark’s Square.

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Venice: The Discover Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

3. Venice: The Discover Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

First, experience a lesser-known Venice, wandering through its back streets and small hidden squares starting from St. Mark's Square and reaching Rialto Bridge. Then, board a gondola and learn a little about what its like living in this unique city. Meet your local guide in front of the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square, and let yourself be led through the labyrinth of alleyways, squares or campi and hear about the history, stories and the local Venetian dialect. On leaving the square, you will stop in front of Fenice Theatre, one of the most famous opera houses in Europe. Learn about its glorious but also troubled history. Passing through other hidden corners of the city, you will be able to discover the history of Venice through its prominent architectural sights. Admire the Bovolo Staircase, a Renaissance masterpiece, and one of Venice's finest architectural jewels. This fascinating and complex spiral staircase is part of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and dates from 1499. It is tucked away in a small courtyard close to Campo Manin. Before heading back towards St. Mark's Square, you will make a stop close to the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal and discover what made it the historical center of the commercial area of the city. The walking tour will finish in Saint Moisè Square, the landing stage of the famous Venetian transportation, the gondola. Relax aboard this historic vessel, enjoying the thrills of both the Grand Canal and minor canals. Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners.

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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 San Giacomo di Rialto

Fun behind the scenes tour

Marie-Therese is a great storyteller. As we walked through the old prison, across the Bridge of Sighs, into the courts of the Doges, and the Byzantine marvels of San Marco, she kept the information flowing in stories and with a smile. A great tour!

absolutely amazing tour with a wonderful & knowledgeable local.guide. Thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommended.

The tour was very good and I learned something previously unknown.

The Führer was excellent because with his training as a historian he had a lot of background knowledge.

something a bit different to do in Venice and recommend for people who like churches grest guide

Recent darkness on foot, knowing the smallest details of the city with a native.