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Our most recommended Venice Sightseeing Tours

  • Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    1. Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    A pleasant walking tour with professional private guide starting from Rialto Bridge, the most typical and symbolic monuments of the city, to have a first introduction to a part of the minor Venice. Crossing the famous bridge built at the end of XVI century by Antonio Da Ponte in the form of one great arch, above which on both sides runs a loggia with several shops, you will visit Rialto area: the New Buildings built by Sansovino in the XVI century, today home of the Judical Court and Offices; the Old Buildings built by Scarpagnino in the XVI century; San Giacometto Church, rebuilt by Scarpagnino in the XVI century after the fire which destroyed it almost completely; the colourfull fruits and fish market. Then the visit will proceed towards Frari Church built at the beginning of the fourteen century in Gothic style. The interior has beautiful paintings by Bellini, Titian and Vivarini an...

  • Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    2. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    Explore the city of Venice aboard a gondola. Your gondolier will take you down secluded canals, passing under small bridges and along the Grand Canal. Listen to the guide as they explain all about the palaces, churches and attractions around you. Hear stories known only by Venetians, and about the fascinating history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, you will admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At t...

    Beautiful and the girl that gave the guided tour was very good. Definitely recommended

  • Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    3. Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    Enjoy your trip in Venice and use public transportation without queuing at the ticket offices. Just head to the yellow ticket machines that you can find at the vaporetto stops across the city: enter the PNR code that you'll find on your voucher and get the paper ticket with which you can catch your vaporetto. Your tickets must be validated each time before boarding a water bus. The validity of your ticket begins from the exact time it is first validated.

    Franscescha was a gem. She made the trip very memorable. Gave all the knowledge and a very good guide and host. Great trip. Txs

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    4. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    5. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    6. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic ride. See the sights along the historical part of the Canal Grande. Admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

    Excellent gondola ride through Venice. Ask for Ronaldo as the guide, he was the most entertaining and lively guide. He would chat and sing, he really enjoys his job.

  • Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    7. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions.

    Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own.

    Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century.

    Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According...

    I think it's a good option if you want to take on the three islands in one day. There is not much information given by the tour guide so you're basically just paying to get transported between the islands. You do get to see a blown glass demonstration in Murano.

  • Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    8. Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour

    Get off the beaten tracks of Venice, away from the overcrowded places. The guide will escort you through the heart of Venice letting you discover the most fascinating and secret corners, rich with history such as the Rialto Area, with its typical markets, and the oldest church of Venice: The Church of San Giacometto (about 1200 A.D.). Once upon a time, merchants from all over the world came here to trade and sell their exotic goods. Go through the labyrinth of “calli” and “campi” (narrow Venetian streets and squares) in order to find some hidden architectonic places such as the marvelous “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”, a spectacular spiral staircase that belonged to one of the richest families in Venice. A few meters from there you will see the Fenix Theatre, where Giuseppe Verdi and many other great composers performed their masterpieces. Along the tour, you will also pass through the f...

    Our tour with Francesco was great, it was insightful and fun! He was friendly and kept a multilingual group engaged and together throughout the tour. Would definitely recommend.

  • Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    9. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead you through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. The canals of Venice have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

    You get to share and enjoy a gondola ride (with others) without having to rent the whole boat (which is likely to cost a bomb)

  • Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    10. Skip the Line: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

    Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones.

    Very good tour. Small group. Meeting point on other side of square which was a little confusing. Brilliant guide.

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What people are saying about Venice

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One of the best things I did in Venice. I heard so many times not to take the gondolas, that they are overpriced. Since I’m traveling solo the romantic appeal was worth the money. But every time I saw one go by it just said “Venice” to me. I’m so glad I signed up for the touristy experience. Being in the gondola and floating through the back ways was amazing, and totally unlike walking the streets. And then the excitement of the Grand Canal was magnificent. The guide made the whole experience even better.

We love, love, loved this private food tour. We have some dietary restrictions and Giada was able to accommodate with some excellent tastes. Giada was very knowledgeable about the area and the best places to find delicious food. We would highly recommend this tour to all visitors of the Venice area. This was our third trip to Venice and we walked away feeling like we understood the city and the food options so much more.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

Great game, led us away from toruist to more interesting but less popular things.