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See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), and then enjoy a tour of the Basilica di San Marco, where you’ll have skip-the-line access.

If you want to see more, upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour! Explore its opulent public rooms, see the Bridge of Sighs and learn about the doges, who ruled Venice in bygone times.

Your two-hour Venice walking tour starts at an iconic Venice attraction -- the elegant Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) -- a favorite sight for many and the oldest bridge in Venice. From this beautiful marble landmark you'll head off with your guide, listening to fascinating anecdotes and stories about the city as you walk.

Pass Marco Polo's house, and hear tales of this popular Venetian explorer and his seafaring adventures. You'll walk through lively Venice squares, including Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and see locals going about their daily business shadowed by the city’s historic structures of varying architectural styles.

Next visit Piazza San Marco, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doges Palace with its distinctive, white-limestone facade. Giancomo Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was once held captive in the palace’s prison.

Continue to St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), which is often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare guided tour of its second level and terraces. Be sure to bring your camera to capture views of the bustling piazza below!

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration and 2pm start):
Keen to see all these Venice sights in a small-group of no more than 10 people, and enjoy a Grand Canal water taxi ride? Then upgrade and hop aboard a luxury water taxi and see the delights of Venice's Grand Canal on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. Follow this with a small-group walking tour, seeing all the sights listed in the standard tour plus the Bovolo Staircase and Goldoni Theatre.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
More time to spend? Upgrade to include a 1.5-tour of Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace's ornately decorated public rooms. See incredible Renaissance art, including ceiling frescos by Tintoretto and the Veronese masterpiece Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, see the corner of the room where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service. Your Doge's Palace tour ends at the palace's Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify prisoners’ weary sighs as they caught their last sight of beautiful Venice.

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Tours

Escorted Tours

If time is short, or you need a hand to unlock the hidden pleasures of Venice, there’s plenty of choice of local experts to help you discover the city and the lagoon on land, water or air.

Boat Tours

Excursions to Murano, Burano and Torcello
+041 529 8711
Four-hour boat trip to the three northern lagoon islands, with a 35 minute stop . at each island.

Gondola Serenade
+041 529 8711
A 40-minute gondola trip down quiet canals, accompanied by musicians and singers.

Grand Canal Tour
+041 529 8711
One-hour boat tour with commentary in Italian, English, French and German . Traverses the Grand Canal from the Giardinetti Reali to the station and returns via the Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore.

Il Burchiello
www.ilburchiello.it
Cruises along the Riviera del Brenta, with stops at three important Palladian villas: Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana and Foscari Wilmann. Modern boats with catering, facilities and commentary.

Walking Tours

Venice on Foot
Two-hour walking tour around the main monuments of San Marco. English and French tours leave daily at 9:15 am. Spanish and German tours are also available.
+041 529 8711

Venice on Foot and by Gondola
A combined walking and gondola tour. Tours leave daily at 3:00 pm.
+041 529 8711

Venice Events
www.veniceevents.com
An Anglo-Italian company offering themed tours of the city concentrating on history, art and architecture. It also offers private tours emphasizing anything from museums and scuole to the lagoon and its wildlife.

Adventure Bellissime
www.tours-italy.com
A range of theme-based tours on foot in Venice. A host of options include art and architecture, photography, children’s Venice and specialist shopping. Boat trips around the lagoon and to the islands are also available.

Helicopter-airplane Tours

Venice Water Limousine
http://www.venicewaterlimousine.com/venice_helicopters.php?hlangs=en
The Company offers a wide range of services, from limo to bodyguards and aircrafts.
+39 335 634 7521