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While this is a walking tour, there are no hills, so it is pretty smooth walking.
You'll begin your Express Tour of the Best of Venice in St Mark's square, where you'll meet your local Venetian guide.
To begin, you'll be introduced to one of the most famous squares in the world. You'll hear all about what it was used for and significant historical events that took place here.
A visit to St Mark's square is not complete without popping inside the breathtaking "church of gold". Entry is included in this Venice tour.
You'll continue on your Venetian adventure as our guide leads you down the side streets and close to the small canals of the floating city, pointing out cool and hidden sights along the way.
You’ll have seen it on all the postcards and now you get to walk over it yourself. Cameras at the ready as your guide leads you onto the famous Rialto bridge.
The surrounding neighborhood is a happening place for the locals. Your guide will show you where to go to eat and drink in this neighborhood if you're lucky enough to be staying the night on Venice.
The word “Campo” in Venice, means “square”. Venice island is filled with beautiful squares and we’ll walk through some on our way to the Rialto bridge!
You'll walk past a palace, with an ornate staircase twirling up the side of it. Venice is full of grand palaces and your guide knows where the best ones are hidden.
After exploring Venice's romantic streets by foot, your group will climb aboard traditional gondolas for a cruise along the city’s famous canals - One of the coolest things to do in Venice!
Our trusted gondolier will drop you off just a 2-minute walk away from St Mark's Square, where the tour began, so there's no chance of you getting lost.
Only have a limited time to see Venice? Or, want to spend most of your days in Venice eating, drinking, shopping and relaxing? Many visit Venice for just a day or two, meaning time is restricted if you're wanting to squeeze in the main sights. This Venice Express Tour is designed to show you the best of Venice in a short amount of time, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your time in Venice wandering down romantic canal sidestreets and having lazy lunches, once or twice a day.
Included on this Venice walking tour is a visit to St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, many Venice hidden gems along the way and a gondola ride to finish. There are lots of cool things to do in Venice so let us whisk you around this magical city and show you the Venice attractions in a short amount of time!
You'll begin your Express Venice adventure in St Mark's Square. Here, you'll meet our local guide who will tell historical and interesting stories about what used to happen in this square, the special bell tower, the first coffee shop in Italy, the white & pink palace and the special characters on the square’s ornate clock face. Things you may never have noticed will soon become highlights of your trip.
After an introduction to the square, your guide will lead you straight inside of St Mark's Basilica. The church dominates the square with its impressive facade. Inside, St Mark's Basilica is just as stunning. Nicknamed "the Church of Gold", you'll soon understand why as your guide explains the interior decor and why Venice has such a grand basilica in the first place.
After touring the square and the church, you'll make your way down the back streets of Venice to find some of The Roman Guy's favorite hidden gems. In the narrow alleys of Venice, you'll be surprised to be confronted by a theater that seats up to 1000 people. Our local expert guide will talk about the arts in Venice and why this theater is very special to the Venetians. Got time to see an Opera while in Venice? Make sure you ask our guide where and how to buy tickets. Our Venice tours by locals are more than just packed with cool historical information, you'll also get lots of insider tips! Don't hold back! Ask for recommendations or advice.
As you hunt for hidden gems, you'll pass through several "campos" (squares). Venice is famous for its many picturesque squares, and our guide will explain each one as you pass through them. You'll soon arrive at an ornate spiral staircase that is over 500 years old. Got more time in the city? Find out how you can visit this staircase from your guide, so you can take in the impressive views from the top in your own time.
Every street in Venice has a story to tell, you'll stop and hear numerous tales, legends and facts about Venice, its people and the traditions.
You've seen it in all the films. It makes an appearance on almost every souvenire sold in Venice, and it frames the blue waters of the Grand Canal so well that you have to stop and take enough photos for a full album. With our local Venice guide leading you towards the Rialto bridge, down the best shortcut streets, you'll get there in no time at all.
As you walk up over the Rialto bridge, you can admire the mask and glassware shops that give this bridge its dual purpose - a footbridge and a shopping bridge! From the center of the bridge, you'll get the best view over the Grand Canal, with boats bobbing up and down and gondoliers singing to the lovers who are enjoying a relaxing ride on the canal. If you didn't quite believe you'd made it to see Venice, this is where you'll realize it's not all just a dream.
Surrounding the Rialto bridge, on the other side of the canal from St Mark’s, you'll find a lively neighborhood. This area is famous for its fish market, its cicchetti bars and mask shops. Your guide will show you where to go if you're spending the evening in Venice and how to get to the famous fish market in the morning to watch the fisherman unload their boats with the catch of the day.
Once your two-hour tour of Venice's highlights and hidden gems comes to an end, our local guide will leave you with a trusted gondolier. For the next half an hour, you'll get to sit back, relax, and see Venice from a whole different angle - from the water. As you bob up and down the surrounding canals, you may be lucky enough to have your gondolier sing to you - make sure you ask! This ride is included in the cost of the tour.
After a relaxing 30minute gondola ride, you can now tick yet another Venetian experience off your bucket list. You'll be dropped off just a 2-minute walk from St Mark's Square, where the tour began. From here you can catch a water bus, or "Vaporetto" in Italiano, back towards the train station, or grab a bite to eat. We send restaurant recommendations to all clients who book a tour with The Roman Guy, so make sure you consult our list for recommendations. Rest assured that we are always here to help you find the best places to eat in Venice and avoid tourist traps with non-authentic Venetian meals.
- Hidden Venice Food Tour with Rialto Market, Cicchetti & Gondola Ride
- Venice Walking & Boat Tour with St Mark’s Basilica & Rialto Bridge
- Florence Walking Tour with Statue of David & Duomo
- Child-Friendly Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark's Basilica
- Venice Islands Adventure
If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Private Venice Tour
City Centre - mote details upon booking
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Student (18-25 w/ I.D.)
Child (6 or under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
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We only had one full day in Venice and we wanted a tour to see as much as we could. I think we definitely chose right! Got to see so many sights and wWe only had one full day in Venice and we wanted a tour to see as much as we could. I think we definitely chose right! Got to see so many sights and we rode a Gondola! ..more
Venice is such a beautiful city and I am glad to have experienced it with The Roman Guy! Thank you!
So glad my family and I booked this tour. We had a great time and fell in love with Venice.
Best way to see beautiful Venice. Our guide did a perfect job guiding us! It's definitely worth it, and I would recommend everyone to do this when visBest way to see beautiful Venice. Our guide did a perfect job guiding us! It's definitely worth it, and I would recommend everyone to do this when visiting Venice!..more
I loved Venice since i steps on it and before. I thought i new enough of the city but this tour gave me a much better understanding of Venice and its I loved Venice since i steps on it and before. I thought i new enough of the city but this tour gave me a much better understanding of Venice and its beauties.
Plus you get a ride on a Gondola! For the price of the tour you get so much. Highly recommended..more