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Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

1. Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

Take part in this small-group tour of Venice to see the best tourist spots and hidden gems. See the Bell Tower and Clock Tower, St. Mark's Square, and get an in-depth tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Start your tour by strolling through St. Mark’s Square, equipped with complimentary headphones so that you can follow every word of your local guide. Listen as your guide discusses the major monuments including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower. Head into St. Marks Basilica for a special tour. Walk through the famous church as your guide describes the history of the church and shows you the intricate mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Afterward, leave St. Mark's Square behind to admire a very different Venice. Visit Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Paradiso, Castello district, and areas known only to the locals.  Explore a world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, and hidden architectural gems.  Hear stories about the Venetians who created this city from nothing.

Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

2. Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

Experience Venice from the water and marvel at its spectacular mansions aboard a traditional gondola. Sit back and relax as you are punted along the magnificent Grand Canal and venture down some of the smaller canals to escape the crowds. Get carried away by this ancient mode of transportation as a professional gondolier rows you along the romantic waterways. Get breathtaking views of the city at every step of the way. Pass under historic bridges and near famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice in the evening and get to know an alternative side of the city. Hear about the mysteries, secrets and ghost legends of Venice from your guide. Follow routes that are off the beaten path as you spend a fascinating 1 hour and 45 minutes experiencing the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of the city at night. The walk will take you through the Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello districts of the city.

Venice: Historic Walking Tour

3. Venice: Historic Walking Tour

Discover Venice, the most magical city in the world, on our epic walking tour and self-guided routes! Join our guided Venice walking tour to discover how the wealth and ambition of these influential people shaped this distinguished city. Rising from the Adriatic Sea to form a maze of canals, bridges, churches, and palaces, it seems so artistically constructed that it must be a Hollywood movie set. But no, the Floating City was, in fact, created by some of the finest Italian minds in art and architecture during the Renaissance. With our tour, you will discover all sides of this multifaceted city, from the most pictured palaces to the most discreet side streets. Your ticket includes 2 self-guided routes in the Vox City App so you can continue your experience at your own pace and make the most of your visit to Venice. So, after witnessing the Floating City’s beauty with your guide, use the free Vox City app to discover more of Venice and its incredible sights. Venice Historic tour includes: Bridge of Scalzi Jewish Ghetto Canal Grande Rialto Bridge Ca' D'oro Campo della Maddalena San Salvador The Church pf San Giacomo of Rialto Calle dei Boteri Campo delle Beccarie Mater Domini Church Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio Our 4 self-guided route's main sights: Correr Museum Clock Tower Bridge of Sights The Ducal Palace Riva degli Schiavoni San Zaccaria Ponte dei Sospiri Bell Tower Ca' Rezzonico Scuola Grande di San Rocco San Barnaba Peggy Guggenheim Collection Santa Maria della Salute Church of Miracles ...and many more!

Venice: 1-Hour Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal with Guide

4. Venice: 1-Hour Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal with Guide

Take a tour of Venice from its waterways for the best and most breathtaking views of the city. This 1-hour tour is priced for a group of up to 5 persons. You’ll be steered in style by your own personal gondolier through centuries of history, along the iconic Grand Canal, one of the most elegant high streets in the world. Pass Ca Dario, Casanova’s home, Palazzo Grassi, Ca Rezzonico, Ca Bembo, Ca Pesaro, the Rialto Bridge, Campo Manin, and Mozart’s house. Sit back and relax as you take in the surroundings and your expert guide entertains you with anecdotes about the city. Learn the history behind La Serenissima, pass by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and pass under the Accademia Bridge. Hear tales behind the gondola itself as you near the majestic Rialto Bridge. Turning into one of Venice’s scenic side canals, you’ll take in the splendor of the Canal Grande and also be able to enjoy the quaint charm of the smaller, more residential areas. Your informative guide will tell you all about the gondola and its unique structure, and the traditions of Venetian gondoliers. This is an excellent way to combine an informative and stimulating guided tour with a romantic gondola ride.

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

5. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Explore Venice on a walking tour led by a professional guide. Learn about the city's history, experience its culture, and sample the local food. Start your tour with a traditional Italian breakfast. Enjoy your coffee and pastry while your guide introduces you to the legacy, culture, and history of the floating city. Stroll down cobblestone streets and across bridges as you make your way towards St Mark's Square, one of Venice's prime attractions. Admire the stately buildings that surround the square and see the Venetian-Byzantine domes of the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica. Follow your guide as you head to see Doge's Palace. Then, take a break from sightseeing to enjoy traditional Cicchetti and try some of the local specialties. The last stop on your sightseeing tour is the iconic Ponte di Rialto. Learn why this striking and daring structure was predicted to fall, and why it's still standing after more than 400 years. Finally, head to the Rialto Fish Market for one last taste of traditional Venetian fare. Top your experience off with an optional gondola ride and see the city from the water.

Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

6. Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

The best time to walk around and embrace the beauty of the city of Venice is certainly during the morning. This is when only a few locals are going to work, bakeries and coffee shops are opening for the day with their inviting scent of freshly baked pastries and coffee. The morning sunlight slowly filling narrow streets and spacious squares makes a fantastic setting for a photo shoot. Get around the city with a photographer, who will not only capture your memories, but will also share his knowledge and stories about life in Venice. The photo tour will then be followed by a breakfast at Gritti Palace that sits right on the Grand Canal. Depending on your preference, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy probably one of the best views in the city, or admire the impressive interior inside, depicting the noble past of Venice and Venetians. Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast in the morning sunlight. 

Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

7. Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

Take a sit and enjoy a comfortable late afternoon 30 minute gondola, while relaxing and admiring the charm and beauty of Venice. The second part of the experience will take you on a guided tour to discover the traditional Venetian aperitif. You will taste the famous "cicchetti" and sip two wines at the local bacari. The bacari are characteristic little bars where locals use to stroll in the evening or while heading home from work, between an “ombra” (glass of wine) and a “cicchetto” (small snack, like a fried meatball or a stuffed slice of French bread). Then, the guide will take you along an unusual walk. We all know how a city can completely change during day and night. This is particularly true in Venice, where a new, charming city seems to reveal once the sun goes down and the crowds leave as well. This is the right opportunity to explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its beauty not only with the charm of the night, but also delving into some of the less beaten tracks. Interesting tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany your walk throughout the night.

Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

8. 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.

Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Walking Tour And Lunch

9. Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Walking Tour And Lunch

Without any doubt, the most romantic and unforgettable experience in Venice is enjoying a promenade by gondola, the typical Venetian boat used in the past by Venetian aristocrats. Aboard a private gondola glide along the Grand Canal, the most famous and elegant waterway in the world. Along the way, explore the small and secret canals to fully appreciate the peculiarity of this floating city.  A specialized tour guide will pick you up at your hotel (if located in St. Mark’s or Rialto area) to accompany you to the gondola embarkation point. Once aboard enjoy a relaxing gondola ride of approximately one hour, while your tour-guide will tell you about the fascinating history of Venice. After the gondola ride, led by your tour guide, enjoy a pleasant walk along typical Venetian streets and squares. At the end of the walking tour, enjoy an excellent 3-course lunch at a a renowned typical restaurant. Lunch Menu: First course Gragnano spaghetti with clams in the shell Baked lasagna with veal sauce Homemade ravioli with spinach and cottage cheese with nut sauce Ribbon noodles with wild salmon and zucchini Spaghetti Carbonara Second Course Fillet of Gilthead Seabream Mediterranea style Mixed royal fried fish with catch of the day Chicken in curry sauce with apple and pilaf rice Sliced beef with rosemary Baked puff pastry with seasonal vegetables With baked potatoes or mixed seasonal vegetables Dessert Tiramisù (Drinks not included)

Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

10. Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

Take a course on how to eat fresh, seasonal, and local food on this unique walking and cooking tour. Discover the vibrant Rialto Market and let the views of the city take your breath away as you cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry. Stroll to the Rialto Market to collect fresh fish. Explore the lively market as you find the best ingredients for your lunch. See fish artfully arranged on stalls covered with deep layers of crushed ice. Watch as seagulls wander among the fishmongers calling out the day's catch. View customers purposefully browsing the stalls, as generations of Venetians have been doing for the past 800 years. After the shopping is finished, cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry, which will likely be full of local housewives on their way home. Make your way through a maze of streets until you reach Fondamente Nove, where you will catch a water taxi to Murano where the cooking will take place. Cook your meal with hands-on instruction from a local Venetian. Tasting some glasses of prosecco and appetizers while cooking. Have a pasta with a tasty fish sauce while a seabass is baking to perfection in the oven. Eat in a dining room with a the view of the canal. Finish lunch with a strong Italian coffee brewed from a moka pot.

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This is a wonderful and really unusual trip. Our guide was excellent, informative and a nice small group. The only feedback I would give is that they should include the Bolovo Tower. It would be a great addition and a spectacular view. Go on your own. If it’s not included. But this trip is great. Particularly the view over the Realto.

It was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide who took us through St. Mark's Square, the church and out into the little hates of Venice. Absolutely perfect trip to get to know a little about it all.

Our guide Valentina had an excellent in-depth knowledge of all the areas we visited. Also the fact that she was a local was fantastic, as you could see and feel how much Venice meant to her.

Wonderful tour guide! Very interesting and engaging tour. Loved getting into the Basilica without the line!

Nicole was the best guide ever Super knowledgeable and very charming My family enjoy her tour very much