If you’ve always wanted to explore enchanting Venice onfootandfrom the water, our Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride is the perfect introduction to this magical city
Your tour starts at the lovelyCampo San Giacomo di Rialto where you’ll meet your expert tour guide (always a local Venetian) and head to the world-famousRialto Bridge. Find out why it was initially considered a very bad idea to build and how it has proved its naysayers wrong. Near the bridge you’ll peek into the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the long fishing history of the city its famous cuisine (with a restaurant recommendation or two).
Next you’ll dive into thesestiereof Cannaregio, one of the loveliest, mostauthenticneighborhoods inVenice and home to some of the city’s finesthidden gems.
You’ll continue through Venice on foot. Stop to admire the House of Marco Polo, the unique treasure-box design of the church ofSanta Maria dei Miracoli, and theCampoSan Giovanni and Paolo, home to an incredible statuebyVerocchio. You’ll even have time to stop at Campo Santo Maria Formosa, home to a variety of typical Venetian architectural styles and anamusing grotesque!
As you wind throughVenice’shidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you withtales of the city’s past—andwith what it’s like to live on theisland today. From real estate prices to how to get around when the city floods, you can ask your guide almost anything in your small group of no more than 12 fellow travelers.
Next it is off to the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral - with access to the group entrance you’ll avoid long general access lines. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world.
The highlight of the tour comes at the end with an all-inclusive half hour gondola ride with a professional gondolier. With only 6 people maximum per gondola, your experience will be intimate and relaxing, as you punt through the quieter hidden canals of Venice. This is your time to relax, unwind, and enjoythe city at its best!
From 1st March 2019 (by tour date) we are adding a rooftop visit with incredible views over the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge to our tour!