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From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

1. From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

Set off on a day trip from Rome to explore Venice, Europe’s most romantic city. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a high-speed train, see the iconic St. Mark's Square, and cross the Bridge of Sighs. Meet your tour leader at Rome's Termini train station and board a high-speed train to Venice. When you arrive in the city, get your one-way pass for Venice’s waterbus transportation. Follow your guide onto a Vaporetto (waterbus). As you ride, enjoy your first glimpse of this magical water city. Head to St. Mark’s Square, the heart and soul of Venice. From the waterfront, marvel at the magnificence of the western façade of St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy some free time to go shopping, sip a delicious Italian coffee, or get lost in the maze of insanely romantic alleys. Next, cross the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which is among the city's most beloved and most Instagrammable locations. On the way back to the railway station, join your tour leader for a fantastic aperitivo, or Cicchetti, as the locals call it. Sit down for a mix of small savory side dishes, typically served in a bàcari, and wash it down with a Venetian Spritz. Return to Rome on the high-speed train with your guide.

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

2. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

3. 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, Biblioteca Marciana, and more with your Venice museum pass. Glimpse into the past as you explore the treasures and cultural traditions across various museums and historic churches. 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 • Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • Santa Maria Del Carmelo - I Carmini • San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

4. Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

Uncover the simple authenticity of Venice, away from mass tourism, and explore the heart of the city from rooftops on a guided walking tour. Lose track of time and feast your eyes of the real beauty of Venice with access to incredible places. See the city and its waterways from a different angle and clink your glass with a drink of Prosecco, celebrating in true Italian style. Meet your local guide and start discovering the sestiere San Polo, one of the lively places of Venice, mostly inhabited by locals. Enter private Venetian palaces and admire the wonderful views from hidden panoramic terraces. Discover enchanting views over the lagoon, admiring canals, churches, and bridges from a new and dreamy perspective. Enjoy a privileged view on the most beautiful and unique city in the world from above. See Venice from the rooftops, get lost in Rialto market, where locals still go everyday to buy fresh fish, discover the ancient Red Light District, imagine Casanova walking through the city with his lovers, walk in Venice’s smallest “calle” (street), and enjoy a traditional aperitivo with a panoramic view over the Grand Canal.

Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

5. Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

Discover a more authentic side to Venice on a 90-minute walking tour, and wander among the alleys and peaceful canals away from the crowded areas. Encounter precious gems of art and architecture, and get a deeper more intimate experience of the city. Your guide will take you to some of the “campi” (little squares of Venice) and point out thriving “bacari” (local bars), describing the surroundings and telling you interesting facts about life in a city built on water along the way. Head towards the famous opera house of La Fenice, before going to the Bovolo Staircase, inspired by the architecture of the Orient and a living example of the city’s bond with the East. Named after the Venetian word for snail, the “Bovolo” clearly refers to its original spiral shape. Although pretty hard to find, a visit to this little gem is worth it. Stroll the elegant area surrounding the Rialto Bridge, connecting the Sestieri (“districts”) of San Marco and San Polo. Learn how it was a busy crossing area in commercial life, always crawling with local and foreign merchants. The Rialto is still the pulsing center of shops and commercial life in Venice, as well as home to the picturesque food and fish market of the city. Enjoy a beautiful view of the bridge from a dock on the Grand Canal. Photography lovers get ready!

Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

6. Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

Meet your guide under the Ponte della Costituzione bridge. Explore the alleys of the Dorsoduro district on a group walking tour. Sample the delicious foods and wines Venice has to offer as you learn about the culture, history, and daily life of Venetians from your local guide. Start with a prosecco toast. Try real regional prosecco and find out more about this world-famous drink. Sample some tasty treats that pair beautifully with your drink. Next, stop for a spritz unlike any you've tried before. The real Venetian spritz doesn't contain Aperol or Campari. Learn its secrets as you enjoy an unfiltered Venetian experience. Pair your drinks with tasty local delicacies such as baccalà, mantecato, and sarde and discover local dishes that most tourists don't know about. At the third stop, enjoy another glass of local wine before rounding off your tour with dessert and grappa.

Venice: Highlights Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

7. Venice: Highlights Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

Experience the wonders of Venice on a guided walking tour past city highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and Doge’s Palace. Float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride. Select either a private or group tour and set out to discover Venice. Meet your guide at Santa Lucia station for group tours, or at any location of your choice for our private tours, and begin your Venice adventure. Get your camera ready for your stroll through one of the world's most romantic cities. Walk across the first bridge and pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval. Make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. Cross the grand Rialto Bridge and take in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Be awed by the grandeur of the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica and its clock tower and the Campinale (bell tower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Hop aboard a gondola and step back in time on this mode of travel that was once regularly used by upper class Venetians. Take in views of the city from the water and pass under romantic bridges. Finish your tour in St Mark's Square.

Venice: Guided Bar Hopping and Food Tour with Tasting

8. Venice: Guided Bar Hopping and Food Tour with Tasting

Embark on an authentic experience in Venice and wander around the vibrant streets of San Marco and San Polo like a local on this guided food and drink tasting experience. A visit to Venice is incomplete without drinking a Spritz in town. So explore Venetian bàcari (typical Venetian wine bars and food joints). Pleasantly tipsy after having this popular drink, start your culinary journey through the city. Hop from wine bars to family-owned shops. Choose several mouthwatering cicchetti bites (small snacks or side dishes) paired with local wine glasses. Find yourself in Venetian heaven, hopping from city highlights to hidden gems. Satisfy all your cravings for local food and culture with your passionate foodie host. Finally, be treated to a traditional treat, the ultimate gelato or a typical Venetian cookie—a fitting end to your culinary adventure.

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.

Supreme Venice by Boat and Gondola- Skip Crowds & Walking

10. Supreme Venice by Boat and Gondola- Skip Crowds & Walking

Exploring Venice does not get more intimate, comfortable, and luxurious than this! Take a private boat tour of Venice and explore the city by water, without the need to compete with the crowds or walk long distances. Learn about the city from your professional guide as you travel along Venice’s beautiful canals by water taxi and gondola, stopping to explore as and when you please. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or any other location of your choice in Venice, and a private water taxi will be docked as close as possible. Set off to explore highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and the Doge’s Palace.  As you float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride, make sure you have your camera at the ready. Pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church, and stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval.  Next, make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce, admiring the grand Rialto Bridge as you approach it by boat. You’ll have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. The final stop will be at Piazza San Marco. Your guide will point out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica, its clock tower and the Campanile. Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Finish your tour in the city center, or back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about San Polo

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Elena was wonderful! It was so nice seeing the from a tour guide who’s ancestors were from Venice, and all of her stories were so much more interesting because they were personal growing up there in Venice. She was so nice and accommodating anything, and everything we needed. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! I would definitely recommend the tour and especially Elena!

ANA was excellent! I like her matter of fact Food tour. She explained and recommended all the good Cichetti's. There was 4 stops total and you had choices in every stop.

Veniceis a nice place we were gladwe were able to visit. Our tour guide Rosella is very good, helpful and guided us from start o finish. Kudos to her!

A magnificent gateway in time. Remember to take a cable if you rent an audio guide And warm clothing in winter because the rooms are not heated.

Thanks so much to Vanessa for her attention to detail and enthusiasm. Will recommend to a friend.