Take a guided walking tour of Venice and admire its hidden treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets. Prepare to be enchanted by the world’s most romantic city as you wander through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and enjoy a gondola ride through the Grand Canal. Your knowledgeable guide will point out all the highlights of Venice, from Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to the Rialto Bridge, before you take to the waterways of the majestic city.
This walking tour is a perfect way to get to know Venice, both as a must-do introductory city tour for new visitors, as well as for anyone interested in the city’s history. After meeting your expert guide near St Mark’s Square, you'll take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Venice, learning about its colorful past through its most characteristic and iconic attractions along with its lesser-known sites.
Learn about the historical origins and hear architectural descriptions of the main monuments of St Mark’s Square, such as Doge's Palace and the bell tower and clock tower of St Mark's Basilica. Admire the Procuratie – including the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove – a series of connected two-story structures that line the square, each built over an arcade.
As you walk to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, your guide will recall the city’s charming past and regale your group with anecdotes about the Gothic palaces in the square. When you reach Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, admire two imposing city landmarks, including the namesake Gothic church and the Scuola Grande di San Marco – one of Venice’s medieval trade schools that contributed to the great mercantile empire.
Have your camera ready for unforgettable pictures of intriguing, yet lesser-known Venice sights that will chart your route as you walk. You’ll see the Pantheon of Venice, the Great School of Charity, Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran (Malibran Theater) as well as hear about the captains of fortune. Afterward, return through the Mercerie, a long chain of shopping streets connecting the Rialto Bridge to St Mark’s Square.
Then, climb into a classic gondola for a 35-minute ride along Venice’s famous Grand Canal – undoubtedly a highlight of your trip. As you glide through the waterway, marvel at the glamorous palaces and churches that line the famous canal, and hear tales about Venice's most important thoroughfare.
Please note: Your Venice walking tour does not include entry to monuments, and your guide will determine the exact itinerary, depending on the day.